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Kumano Fude Matsuri (Brush Festival)

September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

kumano fude matsuri brush festival

It’s all about the calligraphy (and, more recently, make up) brushes at this festival which celebrates Kumano’s claim to fame. One of our favorite days out in autumn.


2023 Kumano Fude Matsuri (Brush Festival) Schedule of Events

Culture Zone (Around Sakakiyama Shrine)
Cremation of brushes that have reached the end of their working lives
  • 10:00~16:30
Giant Calligraphy Painting Performances
  • 11:30~12:00 (Kumano High School Calligraphy Club)
  • 14:00~14:30 (Artist Taisho Akahira)
Kagura Performances by the Kamiishi Kagura Troupe from Kita-Hiroshima
  • 10:15~11:15
  • 12:00~14:00
Higan-bune (Ritual hauling and spinning of a big boat)
  • 15:00 arrival at Sakakiyama Shrine
Kumano brush dances
  • 15:30~15:50
Traditional crafts area
Children’s calligraphy writing experience and competition (¥500)
  • 09:30~
  • Judging from 13:30~


Community Zone (Around Kumano Junior High School)
Stage performances 09:30~16:30
Food stalls 09:30~16:30

More about the Kumano Fude Matsuri (Brush Festival)</3>

  • Read about the Fude Matsuri here.
  • Read about Kumano Fude Matsuri in the JapanTimes here.
  • See photos from the Fude Matsuri here.
  • See videos from the Fude Matsuri here
  • The official Fude Matsuri site is here (Japanese only, but some nice photos).


Getting to Kumano Fude Matsuri (Brush Festival)

Departure point Bus Time
Hiroshima Bus Center Bus bound for Kumano Hagiwara /Kumano Eigyosho (Bus stand #5) 60 minutes
JR Kaita Station Bus bound for Kumano Hagiwara /Kumano Eigyosho 25 minutes
JR Kaita Yano Station Bus bound for Kumano Eigyosho 15 minutes
JR Kure Station Bus bound for Kumano Danchi (Bus stand #2) 35 minutes



September 23, 2023
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Aki-gun, Hiroshima-ken Japan