Karo Jinja Ho-enya Matsuri 賀露神社ホーエンヤ祭 Tottori (Apr.)
Karo Jinja Ho-enya Matsuri is a large event held once every two years at Karo Shrine. Around 200 people participate in the parade of mikoshi (shrine floats), Shinto priests, lion dancers, and samurai warriors, and the giraffe lion dance. They ride in boats and travel down the Sendai River. Around 1250 years ago, Kibi no Makibi of the Japanese envoy to Tang Dynasty China was shipwrecked and washed ashore on the island off Karo. The local people helped him by boat, an act which is said to have started the matsuri. It is designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Tottori Prefecture.
Karo Jinja, Karochokita, Tottori City, Tottori
Get off at JR Tottori station. At Tottori Station bus stop board a bus bound for Karo. Get off at Jinja-mae bus stop. Approx. 5 min. walk.
From the Chugoku Expressway, get on the Tottori Expressway at Sayo junction, exit it at Sayo interchange, and drive toward Karo Port on National Route 29.
Approx. 5 min. by car from Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport.