Things to do / Traditional festivals

Akita: Hadaka-mairi

Shrine homage paid by half-naked youths. After being purified by cold water, about 300 local young men who carry the offerings on their shoulders, dash up the 2-km approach with 103 steps to the shrine on Mount Higashiyama.

Schedule & key events:
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Location: Shinzan-jinja Shrine, Yurihonjo, Akita

JR Uetsu Honsen Line to Ugo-Honjo Sta. From there, take bus to Sangencho Bus Stop, and then walk 25 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.