Things to do / Traditional festivals

Wakayama: Tanabe Matsuri

Festival with a 450-year history and noted for its Okasa. The highlight of this festival is a parade of mikoshi, three decorated horses, townspeople in traditional attire and eight Okasa.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 24
9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Parade from the shrine, through the town
9:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Exhibition of floats decorated with lighted lanterns on Aizubashi bridge
● July 25
12:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Parade of floats from Aizubashi bridge to the shrine, through the towns
from 9:20 p.m.: Yabusame (horseback archery) by children at the shrine

Location: Tokei-jinja Shrine,, Tanabe, Wakayama

Tokei-jinja Shrine: JR Kisei Honsen Line to Ki-Tanabe 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.