Things to do / Traditional festivals

Hyogo: Nada-no Kenka Matsuri

Fighting Festival or annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is three huge mikoshi jostling by teams of loin-clothed youth in and out of the shrine precincts.

Schedule & Key events:
● Oct. 14
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Procession of seven gorgeous Yatai floats from seven different districts to the shrine
● Oct. 15
9 a.m.-noon Three huge mikoshi jostling in and out of the shrine precincts
from 12:10 p.m.: & from 4:15 p.m.: Parade of three mikoshi and six floats from the shrine to Otabisho, where mikoshi jostle again

Location: Matsubara Hachiman-jinja Shrine and others, Himeji, Hyogo

JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Himeji Sta. From there, take Sanyo Dentetsu Line to Shirahama-no-miya 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.