Kishiwada Danjiri Festival
Come on ride the shrine, and ride it! ... At the most dangerous festival in Kansai!
- 2018 Festival: Sept. 15-16
The festival is the biggest and most famous Danjiri Matsuri in Japan. A danjiri is a traditional Japanese wooden float that has elaborate carvings and is decorated with various ornaments. In the past, people were killed by riding — yes, riding on top of — mini shrines that are around 14 meters tall and weigh four tons.
The festival, which takes place about an hour outside Osaka City in Kishiwada, is on a different date each year. However, the festival is usually held on a weekend in September one week before the Japanese public holiday Respect of the Elderly Day.
Festivals of Japan: Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka
Unfortunately, there were and are also various accidents caused by this tradition, some even fatal. Nowadays, luckily there are no deadly accidents anymore but people riding and dancing on the shrines still often fall down, especially when riding through a curve. So if you want to enjoy the parade carefree you better watch out when they corner sharply.
In the area
After quite a while, the parade will end and you have the chance to walk through the city until the evening program starts. Kashiwada also has a small castle, which is definitely worth a visit. If you can’t read Japanese, then you might miss out on some of the historical info, but on top of Kishiwada Castle, there is a stunning view of the ocean and the town. Just relax and enjoy the unusual view of the ocean.
A visit to this festival will reinvent the Japanese festival experience you’ve already had!