Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival captivates its visitors with 27 great ornate floats, a procession of mikoshi (portable shrines), and Toramai (tiger dance).
The festival reaches its peak when Kiba Dakyu is held at the Chojasan Shinra Shrine.
The festival originates in 1721 when a sacred procession of mikoshi (portable shrines) took place at the Horyosan Ogami Shrine.
Prominent merchants added the tradition of carrying floats with decorative dolls and the Toramai (tiger dance), where a pair of dancers perform in a tiger costume, also became part of the procession.
The procession became a major festival to pray and express gratitude for good health and rich harvest.
Shinra Shrine and Shinmeigu Shrine joined the procession in 1884 and 1887 respectively, evolving the festival into Sansha Taisai, the festival of three shrines.
July 31st to August 4th
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Hachinohe-shi, Aomori Prefecture