Things to do / Traditional festivals

Okayama: Saidaiji Eyo (Hadaka Matsuri)

Naked Festival. This festival is the largest in scale of this kind. Some 9,000 young men wearing only loincloth vigorously purify themselves by pouring cold water over their bodies in Yoshii River. Then they vie with each other to get a pair of Shingi (amulets) which are thrown over the throng by the priest in the compound of the temple. The gallery tickets are sold at the temple on the day.

Schedule & Key events:
from 6:30 p.m.: & from 7:30 p.m.: Taiko, Japanese drumming performance 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Fireworks display from 8 p.m.: Men gather at the temple
10 p.m.-midnight Shingi are thrown in the compound

Location: Saidai-ji Temple, Okayama, Okayama

(1) JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Okayama Sta., and then take temporary bus (40 min.) (2) JR Ako Line to Saidaiji Sta., and then walk 15 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.