Hamaori Festival

(茅ヶ崎海岸浜降祭)

Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Pref.

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About the festival

On a sunny summer Marine Day (national holiday), many portable mikoshi shrines gather at the beautiful Nishihama beach on the Shonan coastline to hold the large summer celebration of Chigasaki's Hamaori Festival. This festival, also referred to as the "dawn festivities" is a rite that begin before sunrise as portable mikoshi shrines (festival deities) enter the ocean for "Misogi" (purification) in order to call upon the strength and the spiritual power of water to use as a force in welcoming in the divine. It is a deep-rooted folk tradition of the Chigasaki and Samukawa region, where locals go back to their neighborhoods after the festival finishes, to spread "family safety" and "perfect health" from door to door.

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Things to do

1. Heroic sight of mikoshi in the wave

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The ceremonial "misogi" of the mikoshi shrines entering the sea, takes place from around 4 till 7 in the morning, and after the ending of the ceremony at 8 am. If you want to see many mikoshis entering the sea at once, we recommend viewing after 8 am, proceeding the "Otachi" (departure) when all mikoshi floats begin to move at once (they occasionally do not enter the sea depending on conditions). Please be careful not to get pulled into sea, while the mikoshis in the water frantically compete and parade.

2. Enjoy the "Dokkoi, dokkoi!" calls of the So-shu mikoshi!

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The calls of "Dokkoi, dokkoi" is unique to the mikoshi of this region (So-shu).

You may hear the melodies of "Chigasaki-jinku" sung during the procession in addition to the calls. The mannerisms in carrying the mikoshi differ from shrine to shrine, which is an interesting point to compare as well. 

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates July 17th (Monday/holiday), 2017
    Held annually on the 3rd Monday of July (Marine Day)
  • Place Nango, Chigasaki City
  • General Participation Unavailable
  • International Reception and Info. Unavailable
  • Wi-Fi Unavailable
  • Other useful Info. Changing rooms are unavailable
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    http://www.chigasaki-cci.or.jp/hamaori/

  • Contact Chigasaki Beach Hamaori Festival Execution Committee (division of Samukawa Shrine)
    0467-75-0004
    Chigasaki Beach Hamaori Festival Preservation Committee (division of Chigasaki Chamber of Commerce)
    0467-58-1111

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

Watch your steps for it may still be dark during early morning.
Getting too close to the mikoshi is dangerous.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

[nearest station]
JR Chigasaki Station

Festival location 
Chigasaki Nishihama Beach
Address: Nango, Chigasaki City

20 min walk from South Exit of JR Chigasaki Station
Temporary fee-based buses available (from 4:15 to 7 am) departing from South Exit of Chigasaki Station for Southern street.

Emiko Izawa
Writer
Born in Shizuoka. I love Sushi, Sake, Shrine, Stationary and Stage!