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Ehime: Saijo Matsuri

Festival of four shrines: Kamo-jinja Shrine on Oct. 12 & 13, Iwaoka-jinja Shrine on Oct. 14 & 15, Isono-jinja Shrine on Oct. 15 & 16 and Iizumi-jinja Shrine on Oct. 16 & 17. The biggest of all is festival of Isono-jinja Shrine, featuring about 80 Danjiri each lavishly-decorated with lighted lanterns.

Schedule & Key events:
● Oct. 15
2 a.m.-6 a.m. Danjiri gather at Isono-jinja Shrine one after another
6 a.m.-6 p.m. mikoshi and the floats parade through the city
● Oct. 16
from 2:40 p.m.: Four mikoshi and all Danjiri are carried onto the bank of Kamo River
5:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Kawairi (one mikoshi and 11 floats of them being jostled each other in the water) takes place

Location: Kamo-jinja Shrine, Iwaoka-jinja Shrine, Isono-jinja Shrine, Iizumi-jinja Shrine,, Saijo, Ehime

Isono-jinja Shrine: JR Yosan Line to Iyo-Saijo Sta., and then take taxi (12 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.