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Iwate: Kamaishi Matsuri

Festival of two shrines. The highlight of this festival is Hikifune Matsuri, festival of towing a ship, in which mikoshi of Osaki-jinja Shrine carried onto the ship sails in Kamaishi Bay.

Schedule & Key events:
● Oct. 19
from 10 a.m.: Hikifune Matsuri
● Oct. 20
from 12:15 p.m.: Parade of two mikoshi from each shrine and floats
from 2:10 p.m.: Parade of mikoshi, leaving for each home shrine

Location: Osaki-jinja Shrine, San-jinja Shrine,, Kamaishi, Iwate

JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Shin-Hanamaki Sta. From there, take JR Kamaishi Line to Kamaishi Sta., and then walk 5min.

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.