When spring arrives, dashi parade-float festivals take place in ten regions around the city of Handa. Of these, the Kamezaki Shiohi Festival is a dynamic event featuring a group of five dashi floats adorned with sumptuous embroidered curtains and carvings that teams of men pull down to the beach at low tide. Each of these five dashi floats also bears different animated karakuri marionettes whose dancing and performances can be enjoyed.
The traditions of this festival have been handed down for some 300 years, and last November UNESCO registered the event as an element of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Be sure to visit Handa to check out this magnificent and majestic festival!
Tip: The dashi floats are pulled down to the beach once a day, and this is the highlight of the festival on each of the two days.
- From Central Japan International Airport Station, take the Meitetsu Tokoname/Airport Line to Otagawa, then change to the Meitetsu Kowa Line and get off at Chita Handa Station. From there, take Chita Bus to Kenja-mae (approx. 25 minutes).
- If going by JR train, take the JR Taketoyo Line to Kamezaki, then walk to Kamisaki Shrine (approx. 15 minutes).
Official website of the Kamezaki Shiohi-Matsuri Preservation Society and Proxy Visitation Association