[Tagata Jinja Shrine]
World's strangest festival draws crowds of foreign tourists
Tagata Jinja Shrine is home to an ancestral deity who originally cultivated the land in this area. This deity has been worshiped as an ancestral deity of rich harvest and flourishing business. Honen Festival, held at the shrine on March 15th every year, is known as one of the world's most unique festivals. In this one-of-a-kind festival, an enormous, 2-meter-long phallus is carried around on a portable shrine and marched through the town. You cannot see a sight like this anywhere else. Many people from both Japan and overseas visit the shrine to catch a glimpse of this festival, creating an easygoing atmosphere. If you would prefer to visit the shrine without a frenzy of activity, you can visit on days other than the Honen Festival. This spot is thought to possess mystical powers; in particular, it grants luck for rich harvests and the prosperity of one's descendants.
Tagata Jinja Shrine is home to an ancestral deity who originally cultivated the land in this area. This deity has been worshiped as an ancestral deity of rich harvest and flourishing business
Upper left: Honen Festival is held to pray for the growth of all creatures and the prosperity of one's descendants, so that the coming year will be fruitful, Upper right: Honen Festival also attracts visitors from all around the world, Bottom: A portable shine with a huge phallus is carried and presented as an offering
|Date||● Honen Festival
March 15th, 2019
|Address||Tagata-cho 152, Komaki City, Aichi|
|Phone||+81-568-76-2906 (Japanese only)|
|Hours||Office open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Reception for prayers from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
|Admission fee||Temple grounds are free to enter|
|Access||Alight at "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen and walk to "Meitetsu Nagoya Station". Take the Meitetsu Inuyama Line Rapid Limited Express or Limited Express for approx. 25 minutes and alight at "Inuyama Station". Take the Meitetsu Komaki Line for approx. 10 minutes, alight at "Tagata Jinja-mae Station", and walk for approx. 5 minutes.|
|* The Honen Festival is scheduled to be held every year on March 15th.|
updated on Sep 30, 2018
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