Annual Festival of the shrine, designated as one of the National Intangible Folk-Cultural Property, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The highlight of this festival is Okoshi-daiko, in which hundreds of partially clothed men parade on the streets beating drums and singing folk songs.
Schedule & Key events:
morning to evening Parade of nine gorgeously decorated Yatai and mikoshi, and performance of Karakuri Ningyo and Kodomo Kabuki (traditional play by boys) on them a few times a day
● April 19
8 p.m.--12:30 p.m. Okoshi-daiko performance
Location: Keta Wakamiya-jinja Shrine and others, Furukawa-cho, Hida, Gifu
JR Takayama Honsen Line to Hida-Furukawa Sta., and then walk 5 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.