‘Utano Akimatsuri’ is one of Uda City’s most traditional festivals, which is believed to date back more than 1000 years. The festival features a parade called Owatari, in which the goddess from Soja Mikumari Shrine, carried on the portable shrine, makes a 12 km procession to Udano Mikumari Shrine to meet her husband god only once a year. Such a romantic festival is rarely seen in Japan. Another highlight of the festival is the competitive performance of six Taikodai (a float to carry a drum on), each carried by a hundred locals. This energetic performance is quite worth a see. Come and experience the lively local culture at ‘Utano Akimatsuri’!
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
To see the ‘Taikodai’ performance, come to Udano Mikumari Shrine by 1:00 p.m.
From Kintetsu Haibara Station, take a bus bound for ‘Utano’ or ‘Higashiyoshinomura Yakuba’. Udano Mikumari Shrine is within a 3-minute walk of the bus stop.