Held on the second Sunday of May at the Kishu Tosho-gu Shrine which was built by Yorinobu Tokugawa in memory of his late father, the highlight of the Waka-matsuri Festival is the special procession that takes place.
The festival commences with a team of men charging valiantly down Kishu Tosho-gu Shrine's 108 stone steps with the festival mikoshi (portable shrine) on their shoulders. Following that, the mikoshi is paraded around the Wakaura area as part of a procession which leaves the shrine at 12 p.m. and features Japanese drumming (taiko), Saika-odori dancing, and wooden sword wielding performances (naginatafuri).
*Road traffic restrictions are in place on the day of the festival
Venue Details & Access Info
Kishu Tosho-gu Shrine/Wakaura area
||Alight at either JR Wakayama Station or Nankai Wakayamashi Station and take a bus to the Wakayama Uraguchi stop. It's a 5-minute walk from there.
Opening Times & Admissions
||Waka Festival Preservation Society
Last updated: 2021-02-02