Mifune-matsuri Festival


October 16 every year

The Mifune-matsuri Festival is the Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine's annual festival. It takes place on the UNESCO-listed Kumanogawa River and involves transferring the divine spirit enshrined at Kumano Hayatama-taisha into a mikoshi (portable shrine) which is loaded onto a ceremonial boat and accompanied by nine other swift rowboats in what is a kind of regatta. In 2016, the festival was awarded national status as an intangible cultural asset.

Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine
Shingu, Shingu

Access 15-minute walk from Shingu Station (JR Kinokuni Line)

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Contact Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine
TEL +81-(0)735-22-2533
Last updated: 2021-02-02