Maisaka Odaiko Matsuri 舞阪大太鼓祭り Shizuoka (Oct.)
Maisaka Odaiko Matsuri is the annual matsuri of Kisa Shrine. It is near Lake Hamana, which is famous for clam digging. It has eight floats with giant taiko drums, which are over 1.8 meters in diameter. Huge drumsticks, around a meter in length are used. For consecutive days, the men beat the drums with all their might, until the cloth wrapped around their fists is stained with blood. The highlight of the matsuri is in the main event, when the drums are boldly beaten as they travel to and fro through three torii gates.
Kisa Jinja, Maisaka, Maisaka-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka
Approx. 15 min. walk from Bentenjima station on the JR Tokaido Main line.
Approx. 30 min. after exiting the Tomei Expressway at Hamamatsu-Nishi interchange.