Hitachi Otsu Ofune Festival (常磐大津御船祭)
This ceremony is held once every five years at Sawawachigi-jinja Shrine in Otsu, to pray for safety on the sea and good catches. It's registered as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. A portable shrine is set onto a massive wooden boat, 14 meters long, three meters high, four meters across and weighing seven tons, which is then paraded through the streets to the sounds of sailors' songs and festival music, in a hugely impressive sight. The boat, known as Tairyomaru (Big catch) isn't wheeled but it slides along on a contraption called a soroban, or abacus. As the bottom of the boat slides on the soroban, the smell of burning and white smoke start to spread for a truly impressive punch.
Ibaraki Pref. Kitaibarakishi Otsuchou (Hitachi / Okukuji / Kita-IbarakiArea)
- Ibaraki Pref. Kitaibarakishi Otsuchou [map]
- 2019/5/2-5/3 [5/2]13:00-17:00
- Average attendance
- Street stall
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
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- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Just a stone's throw from Tokyo, Ibaraki is a coastal prefecture that has mastered juxtapositions, where old shrines meet new scientific discoveries and traditional gardens are frequented by the inventors of some of the newest technology. Head to Mito City's Kairakuen - one of Japan's Three Great Gardens - in spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.