Doburoku Matsuri is the biggest among the festivities for Shirakawago, best known for being a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as Gasshozukuri.
Doburoku is a kind of home maid sake which is very easy to be brewed, though it is allowed only for 40 authorized Shrines throughout Japan, including 5 shrines located in Shirakawago.
Doburoku Matsuri Festivals are held at those authorized shrines, and it is held at Shirakawago to pray to the mountain god for safety and a good harvest.
The history of Doburoku is almost the same origin as rice farming was introduced to Japan from Korea and China between 300 and 100 B.C.
Since ancient Japan, Shinto leaves the tradition to pray for the abundance of the next term by brewing Doburoke to dedicate for the harvested rice to God. You can see this custom at the Doburoku Festival throughout Japan.
Late September or Early/Mid October
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Shirakawa Village, Ohno District, Gifu Prefecture