Things to do / Traditional festivals

Chiba: Ohara Hadaka Matsuri

Naked festival. The highlight of this festival is Shiofumi, in which 18 mikoshi carried by men wearing loin-clothes are jostled each other in the sea and along Ohara Kaisuiyoku-jo Beach.

Schedule & Key events:
● Sept. 23
from 9 a.m.: mikoshi gather at Kashima-jinja Shrine for ritual and
leave for the beach where Shiofumi is held in the afternoon
from 5 p.m.: mikoshi gather at Ohara Elementary School
6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. mikoshi parade on the shopping streets of the town
● Sept. 24
from 3 p.m.: mikoshi gather at Ohara Hachiman-jinja Shrine and parade
through the town

Location: Ohara Hachiman-jinja Shrine, Kashima-jinja Shrine, Ohara Kaisuiyoku-jo Beach, Ohara Elementary School and others, Isumi, Chiba

Ohara Kaisuiyoku-jo Beach: JR Sotobo Line to Ohara Sta., and then walk 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.