Osaka-Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

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The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri was founded around 300 years ago from the people’s wishes to have “a bountiful grain harvest.” Many years have passed since its inception, and today this festival also serves to strengthen the bonds between the local people. During this festival, people carry danjiri (decorative portable shrines) around town while letting out powerful cries. Another fun thing to look out for are the plenty of gourmet food stalls set up during the festival.

The #1 Must-See Event, “Yarimawashi”

The turning of the danjiri around corners on its path is called “yarimawashi.” Other festivals that use floats and portable shrines typically have the carriers slow down to make turns. However, during the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, those carrying the danjiri attempt to make the turns at full speed, so everyone has to carefully time the turns, or else! It is very dangerous to watch this from too closely, so be sure to keep some distance between yourself and the danjiri when you’re watching, and enjoy the view from a distance.

Video of Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

Schedule for 2019’s Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

September Festivals

■Test-Driving (Practice. This is a practice take before the festival, and there are people who go to watch since there are typically few onlookers.)
September 8nd (Sun) 14:00-16:00
September 13th (Fri) 14:00-16:00
September 14th (Sat) 6:00-22:00
■Main Festival
September 15th (Sun) 9:00-22:00

September’s festival is famous, but it takes place in October as well! October’s festival is a bit smaller-scale, but it still is intense!

October Festivals

October 6th (Sun) 13:00-17:00
October 12th (Sat) 6:00-22:00
■Main Festival
October 13th (Sun) 7:00-22:00

Basic information on Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

Kishiwada City, Osaka
Right outside of Kishiwada Station
Event Period
September 2nd, 14th, 15th, and 16th, October 6th, 12th, and 13th in 2019
Free (paid seats available)