Okinoshima Arakura Jinja Taisai 沖の島 荒倉神社大祭 Kochi (Sept.)
Okinoshima is a small island with a circumference of 17km. In the Muromachi period, the island marked the border between Kochi and Ehime prefectures. In the Meiji period, it was integrated into Kochi Prefecture, however, this traditional matsuri continues the Ushi-oni (cow ogre) ritual of Ehime Prefecture. The climax of the matsuri is the carrying of the mikoshi (shrine float) to Arakura Shrine, which is located 100m above sea level. This sparsely populated island comes alive when the matsuri is held.
Hirose, Okinoshima-cho, Sukumo City, Kochi
Get off at Sukumo station on the Tosa Kuroshio Railway, then take a Kochi-seinan Bus and get off at Katashima Port. From Katashima Port take a Sukumo City Ferry to Hirose Port.
From Takamatsu or Kochi
Approx. 2 hr. west from the Susaki-higashi interchange.
From Hiroshima or Matsuyama
Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. south from the Seiyo-Uwa interchange.
Either means requires using the regular boat from Katashima Port. There is no car ferry.