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Kumamoto: Fujisaki Hachiman-gu Shu-ki Reitaisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is Kazari-uma-kazari-oroshi (the purification ceremony of about 70 adorned horses being assembled at the shrine) and Shinko-sai, a long procession of mikoshi followed by priests, Shishi-Kazari dancers with lion-head hoods, Zuibyo (thousands of armored warriors) and about 70 Kazari-uma (horses adorned with ornaments). More events are held during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● Sept. 13
from 11 a.m.: Shishi-kazari-oroshi (lion dance) at the shrine
from 3 p.m.: Kagura performance at the shrine
● Sept. 14
2 p.m.-5 p.m. Kazari-uma-kazari-oroshi at the shrine
● Sept. 16
from 6 a.m.: Shinko-sai procession from the shrine to Otabisho
from 9 a.m.: Noh performance at Otabisho
2 p.m.-4 p.m. Shinko-sai procession back to the shrine

Location: Fujisaki Hachiman-gu Shrine and others, Kumamoto, Kumamoto

JR Kyushu Shinkansen Line to Kumamoto Sta. From there, (1) take bus to Kumamoto-shi Kotsu center Bus Stop, and change bus to Fujisakigu-mae Bus Stop, and then walk 5 min. (2) take streetcar to Suido-cho, 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.