Omiyukisan (Kai no Kuni Ichinomiya Asama Jinja Reitaisai Omiyuki Matsuri) おみゆきさん（甲斐国一宮浅間神社例大祭大神幸祭） Yamanashi (Apr.)
Omiyukisan started around 825, after the Kofu Basin was hit by a great flood. It began as a ritual in which to pray for protection from water disasters. The deity of the shrine is a goddess called Ko-no-hana-no-sakuya-hime-no-mikoto, so the people carrying the mikoshi (shrine float) wear light kimono-like garments and hats adorned with flowers, and paint their faces powder white in the feminine style. They shout “sokodai, sokodai” as they carry the mikoshi. It is well-known as a matsuri which signals the arrival of spring in the Kofu Basin.
Kai no Kuni Ichinomiya Asama Jinja, Ichinomiya, Ichinomiya-cho, Fuefuki City, Yamanashi
Approx. 10 min. by car from JR Yamanashi-shi station.
Approx. 1 hr. 40 min. by Chuo Kosoku Bus from Shinjuku Station West Exit. Get off at Ichinomiya bus stop. Approx. 10 min. walk.
Approx. 5 min. from Katsunuma interchange. Turn right at the Ishi intersection traffic lights.