Higashino Sumiyoshi Matsuri (Kaidenma Kyoso) ひがしの住吉祭（櫂伝馬競漕） Hiroshima (Aug.)
Higashino Sumiyoshi Matsuri is the summer matsuri of Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osakikamijima-cho, a town on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. The Kaidenma kyoso rowing boat race has been a feature of the matsuri since the Edo period. Four boats are elected from four areas of the island, and locals fight for the prestige of their region as they race each other on a range of courses. Eighteen people ride each boat, including the rowers, captain and drummers. The sound of the drumming, the loud shouts and the brave handling of the boats bring to mind the glory of old naval fleets.
Higashino - Jisaki - Shiromizu Port environs, Osakikamijima-cho, Toyota-gun, Hiroshima
Get off at JR Takehara station and take a Geiyo Bus to Takehara Port. From Takehara Port take a ferry (approx. 30 min.) to Osakikamijima.
Take a "Kaguya-hime" Highway Bus from either Hiroshima Bus Center or Hiroshima Station to Takehara Port. From Takehara Port take a ferry (approx. 30 min.) to Osakikamijima.
Approx. 25 min. from the Kochi interchange of the Sanyo Expressway to Takehara Port.
Approx. 30 min. from Takehara Port by car ferry to Osakikamijima.