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Festivals / Events

"Oto Matsuri Festival" is a fire festival that is held every year on February 6 at the Kamikura-Jinja Shrine, while the "Mifune Matsuri Festival" is an annual festival where a fleet of boats surrounds Mifune Island in the Kumano-gawa River.
Shingu has a long history of distinctive regional festivals throughout the year, such as the elegant "Ogitate Fan Festival" that is staged at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine.

Spring

Cherry Blossoms of Shingu (Tankaku) Castle Ruins

Late March - Early April

新宮城(丹鶴城)跡の桜

Popular cherry-blossom spot in Shingu where Shingu (Tankaku) Castle Ruins are stained in pink. If you climb up to the castle tower base you can see the Shingu downtown across the cherry blossoms. There are about 250 cherry trees in the premises, and lanterns are suspended during the cherry-blossom season for visitor to enjoy at night.

新宮城桜 福

Spot : Shingu (Tankaku) Castle Ruins (Shingu7691-1, Shingu City)
Inquiries : 0735-22-2840(Shingu City Tourist Association)

Summer

Ogitate Fan Festival

July 14

扇立祭 ( おうぎたてまつり )

A festival is held at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine. They stand the national treasure ceremonial fan in the shrine at 6 pm to pray for national security, disease-free and well-being in the family. At night, the shops line up in the precincts which is also famous as the largest summer festival in the Shingu area. Many worshipers come visit with Yukata to enjoy the cool breezes of the evening.

扇立祭 ( おうぎたてまつり )
扇立祭 ( おうぎたてまつり )

Spot: Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine (Shingu1, Shingu City)
Inquiries : 0735-22-2533

Kumano Jofuku Manto-sai Festival

August 12-13

熊野河川敷の花火大会

A ceremony to remember the virtues of Jofuku that is said arrived about 2200 years ago. The fireworks festival is held at Kumano-gawa riverbed for about 5000 impressive fireworks, such as Water Star Mine, Niagara etc. It is the largest fireworks among Shingu area, and always crowded with around 50,000 people every year.

熊野河川敷の花火大会2

Spot:Kumano-gawa riverbed
Inquiries : 0735-23-3333(Shingu City Commercial and industrial sightseeing section)

Miwasaki Hachiman-Jinja Shrine Annual Festival (Kujira Odori)

Mid September

高野坂8殿中踊り新

Kujira Odori, Whale dance, is performed as praying for a big catch at Miwasaki Hachiman-Jinja Shrine Annual Festival. The 300 years courageous dance is one of the important components of the "Life with Whales" story telling the whaling culture recognized as Japan Heritage around this region.

高野坂8殿中踊り新

Spot: Miwasaki Fishing Port (Miwasaki, Shingu)
Inquiries : 0735-22-2840(Shingu City Tourist Association)

Autumn

Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine Annual Festival / Mifune Matsuri Festival

October 15-16

船祭り

One of Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine annual festivals, where the beautifully decorated Shinko ship leads the nine vessels for racing. It is famous as the preeminent ship festival in Nanki, and was designated as national important intangible folk cultural asset together with the Oto Matsuri Festival of Kamikura-Jinja Shrine in 2016.

船祭り
朱塗りの神幸船

The religious service is done at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine and the Holy Spirit is transferred by the portable shrine, Omikoshi.

船祭り

The Omikoshi is placed on the Gokosen ship painted in red, circle around Mifunejima Island three times then berthing to the shore.

Spot: Kumano-gawa riverbed(Funamachi1, Shingu), Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine (Shingu1, Shingu City)
Inquiries : 0735-22-2533(Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine)

Winter

Oto Matsuri Festival

February 6

御燈祭り

A festival is held at Kamikura Jinja Shrine, in which men who wear white clothes with rough rope running down the steep stone steps with torch in the dark. Many tourists visit from all over the country to see the brave fire festival, and its spectacle has being sung in Shingu domestic song, "Oto Matsuri Festival is a man's festival, the mountain looks like a fire waterfall or a descending dragon".

御燈祭り

The pilgrimage road of Kamikura-Jinja Shrine looks like a fire river.

御燈祭り

Before climbing Kamikura-Jinja shrine, visit and pray at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine.

御燈祭り

Through early morning purification of the body, pray for the successful completion of the festival.

Spot : Kamikura-Jinja Shrine(Kamikura1-13-8, Shingu)
Inquiries : 0735-22-2533 (Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine)