Shrine parishioners from all shrines in Samukawa-Cho and Chigasaki-shi gathered at the Nishihama beach to execute the ritual.
They carry the mikoshi, portable shrine, and enter the sea to purify themselves and get divine power.
The Hamari Festival is believed to have originated in 1191, but this is not certain.
In 1839, the mikoshi, portable shrine, of Samukawa Shrine was lost in the Banyu River during the fight between the parishioners from Samukawa Shrine and one from other local shrines in the area.
A few days later, the mikoshi was found on the Nango Beach of Chigasaki City by local fishermen and returned safely to Samukawa Shrine.
Thus ever since, the festival has been held in the current place.
The third Monday of July （ National holiday, Marine day AKA “Umino Hi.”)
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Nishihama Beach, Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture