• Omi-no-Hoka Festival

Shinshiro-City Omi-no-Hoka Festival

Date : 08/14/2018, 08/15/2018

  • Omi-no-Hoka Festival

Rugged men bearing gigantic fans and drums dance in a mesmerizing ritual!

Deep amidst the mountains of Okumikawa area in the city of Shinshiro, rests the old Senshoji Temple. Every year on August 14th and 15th, the townspeople holds the unique Omi-no-Hoka Festival at the temple's grounds, a local tradition persisting from the Kamakura Period, and appointed an Intangible Folk Culture Heritage of Aichi Prefecture. Since those olden times, it is part of the local celebrations for the Obon.
In this peculiar ceremonial event, a group of men with gigantic fans strapped to their backs will dance around while carrying and playing big fat drums with about 50cm in diameter each. It is believed that the fans will both drive the music of drums and bells to echo across the mountains, and "fan away" the sorrows for the year, whilst soothing the souls of the ancestors.
While simple in its procedures due to the countryside location of the temple, it is a memorable sight to behold!

Omi-no-Hoka Festival


Date : Annually on August 14th and 15th
(August 14th (Tuesday) and 15th (Wednesday), 2018)
Holding time : Starts around 6:00 PM (Estimate)
Place : Senshoji Temple
Location : 〒441-1315
11 Teranomae, Omi, Shinshiro-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Phone number : 0536-22-0673 (Shinshiro Shitaragahara Historical Museum)

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    6min northwards walk from Omi Station of the JR Iida Line (board from Toyohashi Station, in turn reachable by JR Tokaido Main Line or Meitetsu Nagoya Line from Nagoya Station).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 10min (2.3km) northwards from Shinshiro I.C. of the Shin-Tomei Expressway.

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