Mitsuke Tenjin Hadaka Matsuri 見付天神裸祭 Shizuoka (Sept.)
Mitsuke Tenjin Hadaka Matsuri is centered on the ritual of the transferal of the enshrined deity of Yanahime Shrine to Omikunitama Shrine, which enshrines several gods of Totomi Province, the old name for western Shizuoka Prefecture. The oni (demon) dance held on the evening of the matsuri is famous. Men, wearing only straw around their waists, parade through the Mitsuke area, and dance wildly in the worship hall of Yanahime Shrine. This soul-stirring event makes the matsuri worthy of the name “bizarre festival of the world”. (It is a nationally designated intangible folk cultural property.)
Mitsuke Tenjin shrine / Yanahime Jinja shrine, Mitsuke, Iwata City, Shizuoka
Get off at Iwata station on the JR Tokaido line, then take a Akiha Bus on the Enshumorimachi route and get off at Mitsuketenjin-iriguchi bus stop. Approx. 3 min. walk from there.
Approx. 7 min. from Iwata interchange on the Tomei Expressway.
Approx. 5 min. from Mitsuke interchange on the Iwata Bypass.