Ishioka Festival

When: September 13-15
Where: Area around Ishioka Station, Hitachinokuni Sōshagū Shrine, Ishioka

The Ishioka Festival, one of the Three Great Kanto Festivals, is held every year at Hitachinokuni Sōshagū Shrine. From giant mikoshi to luxuriously ornate floats and brave lion dancers pulling over 40 “lion carts” through the middle of town, this 3 day festival brings in over 400,000 visitors every year from all over Japan!

September 13th (Saturday)

Jinkō Festival  

2-4pm Giant Mikoshi Parade (Hitachinokuni Sōshagū Shrine)
6-8pm Lion and Float Parade (Ishioka Station, Miyuki Street Intersection)

September 14th (Sunday)

Hōshuku Festival 

10:30am – 12pm Sumo (Hitachinokuni Sōshagū Shrine)
1-3pm Kagura: Traditional Shinto music and dance (Hitachinokuni Sōshagū Shrine)
1-7pm Myōjin Mikoshi (starting from Sōshagū Shrine and heading to the town centre)
3pm Lion Cart Dance Parade (Street in front of the station)
6:45 Float Parade (Miyuki Street)
8:30 Annual Town Festival to pray for safety with dancing by shrine maidens and scattering of rice cakes (temporary shrine)

September 15 (Monday)

Kankō Festival

10am – Kagura: Traditional Shinto music and dance (Hitachinokuni Sōshagū Shrine)
2-6pm – Giant Mikoshi Return Parade (starting from the temporary shrine and ending at Sōshagū Shrine)
6-8pm Lion and Float Parade (Miyuki Street Intersection)

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