Dances and crazy boat spinning at Sakakiyama Shrine, Kumano Fude Matsuri

It’s a sign of just how much is packed into one day at the Kumano Fude Matsuri that in her excellent write up of a couple of years ago Sofie Ivan Andersen didn’t even mention these events in the forecourt of Sakakiyama Shrine.

We were inspired by her article and had a wonderful day. Kumano Fude Matsuri is a festival everyone should try to experience at least once during their time in Hiroshima.

Higanbune spinning madness

Brush dancing

The Fude Matsuri is held every year on the autumnal equinox, a national holiday in Japan, which usually falls on either September 22 or 23. Kumano is 45 minutes by bus from Hiroshima JR Station (platform 13) and 35 minutes from Kure JR Station (platform 2)

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

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.

One thought on “Dances and crazy boat spinning at Sakakiyama Shrine, Kumano Fude Matsuri

  • December 5, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I, the writer of the original article, totally missed those events. I have attended many festivals around Japan, before and since. This remains my favourite, and not just because I love calligraphy and brushes. The events, the way it’s organised, the season (just warm enough) and just the right amount of people. Oh, and the food. Did I mention the food?


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