Iwate/Sanriku Yamada Matsuri 岩手・三陸 山田祭 Iwate (Sept.)
The two matsuri, Yamada Hachimangu Reitaisai and Osugi Jinja Reitaisai, are known collectively as Sanriku Yamada Matsuri. In both matsuri, the main ritual is the transferral of the mikoshi (shrine float), an event known for its roughness, and local folk entertainment. The matsuri at Yamada Hachimangu has a history of over 150 years, and it is said that the current Osugi Jinja matsuri took shape in the early Meiji period (1868 - 1912). Both shrines were severely damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011, however, the shrine buildings and mikoshi have since been restored.
Yamada Hachimangu - Osugi Jinja, Yamada-machi, Shimohei-gun, Iwate
Approx. 60 min. from JR Miyako station on the JR Yamada line by Northern Iwate Transportation bus bound for Funakoshiekimae. Alight at Yamadachuo-cho bus stop.