Kugushi Benten Matsuri 久々子弁天祭 Fukui (July)
Kugushi Benten Matsuri is dedicated to the deity Benten, who is worshipped at Munakata Shrine. The shrine stands on a cape along the coast at Kugushi, Mihama-cho and protects the area. Youths transfer the mikoshi, which contains the deity, from the shrine to a boat and across the sea. The deity rests in a temporary place in the village, where it is worshipped overnight, and the next day it is returned to the shrine by boat. As a form of entertainment which is said to please the deity, the youths wrestle with each other in the boat which is adorned with colorful banners, and roughly throw each other into the sea.
Munakata Jinja, Kugushi, Mihama-cho, Mikata-gun, Fukui
Get off at Tsuruga station on the JR Hokuriku Main line, change to the JR Obama line and get off at Mihama station. Approx. 5 min. by taxi.
Approx. 15 min. from the Wakasa-Mihama interchange of the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway.