Matsubara Jinja Reitaisai 松原神社例大祭 Kanagawa (May)
Matsubara Jinja, the main shrine of Odawara, has long been worshipped at by the local fishermen. The song Hama Kiyari, which is sung while working, is the ceremonial song of the matsuri, and is sung by carriers of the mikoshi (portable shrine). The actions which take place at the fishing ground are recreated on land in the Odawara Katsugi. It is said this cannot be seen anywhere else in Japan. The mikoshi were once carried by fishermen, but today, they are carried by parishioners for the duration of the three-day matsuri.
Matsubara Jinja, Odawara City, Kanagawa
From Odawara station, JR Tokaido line, take the Hakone Tozan Bus bound for Kozu. Get off at Aomono-cho and walk for approx. 3 min.
From Odawara station, JR Tokaido line, take the Hakone Tozan Bus or the Izuhakone Bus bound for Hakone. Get off at Saiwai-cho and walk for approx. 1 min.
From Odawara-Nishi interchange on the Odawara-Atsugi Road, take National Route 255 for approx. 15 min.
From Odawara interchange on the Seisho Bypass, take National Route 1 for approx. 3 min. (There is a toll parking lot nearby)