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Ishikawa: Nafune Taisai

Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a procession of mikoshi on the boat through the torii gate standing in the sea near the shrine, and gojinjo-daiko (Japanese folkloristic drumming) by men wearing grotesque masks.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 31
10-11 p.m. Procession of mikoshi and demonstration of gojinjo-daiko
noon mikoshi and kiriko (tall rectangular lanterns) arrive at okariya in the town
● Aug. 1
2:40 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Procession of mikoshi and demonstration of gojinjo-daiko

Location: Hakusan-jinja Shrine (Okitsuhime-jinja Shrine) and others, Nafune-machi, Wajima, Ishikawa


Access:
JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Kanazawa Station. From there, take Hokuriku Tetsudo Bus to Wajima-Ekimae Bus Stop (2 hrs.), and then take bus to Nafune Bus Stop (20 min.).


Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.