A strange festival during which four gorgeous floats cross the ocean
Miya Matsuri has been passed down the ages as one of Japan's so-called "Strange Festivals". During the festival, gorgeous floats are drawn between Yatsurugi Shrine (the town's so-called "Nishi-no-Miya", or West Shrine) and Wakamiya Shrine (the "Higashi-no-Miya", or East Shrine). The festival has around 300 years of history, and is counted as a "Strange Festival" on account of the "Kaichu Togyo" event which is held for the Jinko Sai part of the Hommatsuri (main festival) on the second day. Four floats are drawn across the ocean by 200 men each during the event, and the heroic sight is truly the highlight of the whole festival. In the Shiraku Sai held on the first day during the Yoi Matsuri (a smaller festival held on the eve of the main events), spectators are treated to scenes of fantastic beauty as lanterns on the floats are lit.
|Date||October 20th and 21st, 2018|
|Time||8:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Kaichu Togyo from 10:45a.m.
|Address||Nishi-ku: 139 Nanaho, Miya-cho, Gamagori City, Aichi (Yatsurugi Shrine)
Higashi-ku: 91 Ippo, Miya-cho, Gamagori City, Aichi (Wakamiya Shrine)
Location for Kaichu Togyo: Coastline in front of Miya Onsen, Tobikake, Miya-cho, Gamagori City, Aichi
|Phone||+81-533-68-4744 (Miya Hot Spa Tourism Association) (Japanese only)|
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Toyohashi Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 10 minutes, alight at "Mikawamiya Station" and walk for approx. 15 minutes.|
|* The Miya Matsuri is scheduled to be held every year in October.|
|Photo credit||Miya Hot Spa Tourism Association|
updated on Mar 30, 2018
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