Waka-matsuri Festival


Sunday, May 13

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

Kishu Tosho-gu Shrine/Wakaura area

Access 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.

Name/address in local language

  • 和歌祭 Waka-matsuri Festival
  • Name/address in local language
Open Hours 11:30 - 16:00
Contact Waka Festival Preservation Society
TEL +81-(0)73-444-0808
Last updated: 2021-02-02