Be warned when you experience this festival! Once you get a taste of the trance the festival creates, its feeling maddeningly comes back to you at this time of the year.
The Hana Festival is a traditional form of folk entertainment in the Okumikawa area. This festival held in the 11th month of the lunar calendar, when the human body and soul are said to be at their weakest, sees villagers gather at a ceremonial site called the "Maido" where the deities are invited to come down, and through communion with these spirits the people are reborn afresh. All sorts of dances carry on through the night: Children dance the sweet Hana Dance, while men wearing giant ogre masks dance waving broadaxes over their heads in the "Yamami oni" and "Sakaki oni" dances. Singing, drinking, dancing—this exciting moment with gods will be engraved in your heart with wonderment.
Miyanoshima, Sakauba, Toyone Village, Kita-Shitara County, Aichi Prefecture
- Neighboring Facilities
- Roadside Station Green Port Miyajima next to the shrine
- Event Date
- The fourth Saturday and Sunday in every November
Get directions on Google Maps
- Shin-Tomei Expressway I.C. ⇒ Route 151 ⇒ Head north for 1hr. and 15 min.
Tomei Expressway Toyokawa I.C. ⇒ Route 151 ⇒ Head north for 1 hr. and 45 min.