Mid
Feb
 2023

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Festival

10:00pm
Free

As you may have ascertained from the accompanying image, this is another one of Japan’s renowned “naked” festivals. Before you get carried away, it would be better described as almost naked as the male-only participants protect their modesty with a handily placed white loin cloth.

Japan has rankings for everything. And so, this festival with a 500 year history is rated as one of the top 3 eccentric festivals in Japan. Given the competition, you can be assured that this festival won’t disappoint in the eccentricity stakes.

The festival sees the 9,000 participants in a rough and tumble game to catch 2 lucky sticks called shingi as well as 100 bundles of willow strips, which are tossed into the crowd by priests from an elevated window.

Before the tussles to get hold of one of the sticks, the participants work themselves into a frenzy in the streets around the shrine on their way to the event.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Related Events
  • horror
    Oct 1
    ~
    Oct 2

    Hanazono Kaiki Horror Stadium

    Just the right thing to get you ready for the spookiest month of the year. The Hanazono Rugby Stadium will turn into a night you’ll never forget. You have been invited to the event “Hanazono Wakuwaku Rugby Stadium” but as […]

    2:00pm
    ¥3,500 (advance sales)¥3,880 (on the door)
  • Early
    Oct

    Paantu Festival

    The Paantu festival takes place on the Okinawa Prefecture island of Miyakojima in the far south of the archipelego. It was cancelled in 2021, so we can only hope 2022 goes ahead. What happens and when is it? The villagers […]

    5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Free
  • Mid
    Jun
    ~
    Early
    Oct

    Tanbo Art

    The Aomori town of Inakadate has become famous for its Tanbo Art event held from early June until early October each year. ‘Tanbo’ is a rice field, the ingenious art is created by growing different crops to paint enormous living […]

    9:00am – 5:00pm
    ¥200 – ¥500

Recommended hotels located nearby