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Ibaraki: Ishiokano Omatsuri (Hitachinokuni Sosha-gu Reitai-sai)

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a parade of Horojishi (floats each drawn by a man wearing a huge and vigorous lion headgear).

Schedule & Key events:
● Sept. 14
2 p.m.-4 p.m. mikoshi proceeds from the shrine to Okaridono (Okariya)
● Sept. 15
from 10:30 a.m.: Sumo tournament is held by townspeople
from 1 p.m.: Japanese dance and Kagura are performed
from 1 p.m.: mikoshi parades throughout the town
from 3 p.m.: Horojishi parades on the city's main street
from 6:45 p.m.: Dashi(Float) parades on the city's main street
● Sept. 16
2 p.m.-4 p.m. mikoshi returns from Okaridono (Okariya) to the shrine

Location: Hitachinokuni Sosha-gu Shrine and others, Ishioka, Ibaraki

JR Joban Line to Ishioka 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.