Sightseeing News

Nada Fighting Festival, one of the strangest festivals in Japan (October 14-15; Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture)

  Nada Matsuri is a large festival held at Matsubara Hachiman Shrine in the town of Shirahama, Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, on October 14 and 15 each year. With its unique shrine ritual in which three mikoshi (portable shrines) jolt against one another, the festival is widely known as “Nada no Kenka Matsuri” or “Nada Fighting Festival.” Said to be one of the strangest festivals in Japan, it is one of the largest of the numerous fighting festivals held around the nation.

  In addition to “Mikoshi-neri,” the portion of the festival in which portable shrines collide with each other, another highlight of the festival is “Yatai-neri,” a dynamic and gorgeous parade of yatai (palanquins), in which beautifully decorated palanquins are carried on men’s shoulders. Having gained much popularity, the festival is not only famous throughout Japan, but is also becoming widely known overseas, with many foreign media visiting the event for coverage.

【Access to Matsubara Hachiman Shrine】
Five minutes’ walk south from Shirahama-no-miya Station on the Sanyo Electric Railway (Limited expresses and direct limited expresses stop especially at the station on the days of the festival.)
(About 80 minutes from Osaka to Shirahama-no-miya Station on the Sanyo Electric Railway.)

Contact : Website of “Nada no Kenka Matsuri” (in Japanese only)