Saijo Matsuri/Isono Jinja Reitaisai 西条まつり 伊曽乃神社例大祭 Ehime (Oct.)
Saijo Matsuri/Isono Jinja Reitaisai is the largest matsuri in Saijo City. It is a magnificent event, with around 80 floats and mikoshi (shrine float) parading through the streets. Over 100 lanterns are lit in the early morning and at night, giving the streets a mystical atmosphere. The love the local people feel toward the matsuri can be seen in the pride in which they carry their towns’ floats and mikoshi.
Isono Jinja, Saijo City, (central part of former Saijo City), Ehime
Get off at JR Iyo-Saijo station. Approx. 5 min. by car, or approx. 20 min. walk.
Approx. 10 min. after exiting the Matsuyama Expressway at Iyo-Saijo interchange.