Sanzoro Matsuri 参候祭 Aichi (Nov.)
Sanzoro Matsuri is a matsuri of Oku-mikawa with a history of over 400 years. It is held deep in the mountains and is a yudate (boiling water) ritual. The light from torches creates a magical atmosphere as the Seven Deities of Good Fortune make their entrance. As they chant "Sansoro" at the beginning of their dialogue with the senior priest, the matsuri came to be known as Sanzoro Matsuri. Each one performs a characteristic dance, and then they perform the yudate ritual, sprinkling hot water onto the onlookers, before leaving.
Tsushima Jinja, Mitsuhashi, Shitara-cho, Kitashitara-gun, Aichi
Get off at JR Honnagashino station on the JR Iida line, then take a Toyotetsu Bus on the Taguchi-Shinshiro route and get off at Damine bus stop. Approx. 20 min. by taxi from there.
From the Shinshiro interchange of the Shin-Tomei Expressway take National Route 151 then National Route 257 to Shitara-cho. From the Damine intersection in Shitara-cho take National Route 420 to the vicinity of the Oritate bus stop.