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Hitachi Otsu Ofune Festival (常磐大津御船祭)

Event

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.

place

Ibaraki Pref. Kitaibarakishi Otsuchou (Hitachi / Okukuji / Kita-IbarakiArea)

phone 0293431111

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Details

Address
Ibaraki Pref. Kitaibarakishi Otsuchou [map]
Area
Hitachi / Okukuji / Kita-IbarakiArea
Phone
0293431111
Duration
2019/5/2-5/3 [5/2]13:00-17:00
[5/3]7:00-21:00
Average attendance
150,000people
Street stall
Available
Note
[Inquiries]0293-43-1111

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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          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.