See the Shimada Mage (Topknot) Festival in Shizuoka (Sep 17)

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The Shimada Mage Festival is held on the third Sunday of September each year. Women dressed in matching yukata (summer kimono) and a variety of traditional Japanese and Shimada hair styles parade through the streets of Shimada city. You can see them.

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  • You can enjoy watching Japanese dances.The parade stops to perform dances in Obi-dori Street, the square outside JR Shimada Station and various other locations.
  • We follow the parade proceeding to Oi-jinja Shrine.
  • At the shrine another dance is performed, dedicated to the Ubusuna deity. Enjoy the atmosphere of the old shrine.
  • The parade resumes on to Uda-ji Temple.
  • Dances are performed at the temple in honor of Tora Gozen and the Buddha and a thanksgiving ceremony is held in the main temple hall where a variety of Japanese-style hairpieces are on display.

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JR Shimada Station

Important Information

We will walk around 5 kilometers.

What you need to bring

Camera, walking shoes

Meet your host :
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I live in Shizuoka prefecture where Mt Fuji is located. I've been raised in Shimada city where Ooi River flows. I have been a volunteer guide for many foreign visitors around my city.
I have an interest in traditional Japanese culture and like natural places as well as cultural heritage sites. Please enjoy the beautiful Japanese landscape with my tour!
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