Event Information

島前神楽

This is a list of the main events that happen throughout the year.
For more information, contact the tourism association.
If your visit is at the same time as a local festival, make sure you join in – the people here will make you very welcome!
There are other events happening around Nishinoshima and on the other islands throughout the year.
For more information, visit the Oki Islands Tourism Association page.
>> Website

We recommend you visit the Oki Islands from spring – autumn.

Spring

April

Kuniga-biraki Festival 2017 国賀開きフェスタ2017
Date : 1 – 30
Join locals and tourists in celebrating the start of spring and the tourism season. Events will be held around the island, mostly at weekends.

Location : Beppu Port, Yurahime Shrine, Kuniga Coast

More details (in Japanese) can be found on this poster!
Kuniga-biraki Festa 2017 Poster

Yurahime Shrine
Cherry Blossom Light-Up
Saturday 1 April onwards (for approximately two weeks)
18:30 – 21:00
国賀びらきフェスタ 夜桜ライトアップ

Oki-Dozen Kagura (Shinto Shrine Music and Dance)
Saturday 1, 8, 15, 22 April
20:00 – 21:00
国賀びらきフェスタ 夜神楽

Kuniga Coast (Kuniga Beach, Kannon-iwa Rock Area)
Beach Clean
Sunday 9 April
9:30 – 12:00
Clean the beach, enjoy morning tea with the locals, learn about the environment!
国賀びらきフェスタ ビーチクリーン

Sunset Cafe
Saturday 22, 29 April
17:30 – 19:00
Join other tourists and locals to watch the sunset and enjoy homemade sweets, tea and coffee.
国賀びらきフェスタ サンセットカフェ

Beppu Port
Jyon-jyon Taiko Drum Performance
Saturday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April
12:05 Ferry Kuniga arrival, 17:05 Ferry Shirashima arrival
Enjoy a short traditional drum concert by local ladies!
国賀びらきフェスタ じょんじょん太鼓

Rock Oyster Cafe
Saturday 15 April
12:00 – 15:30
Sample cooked rock oysters farmed in the water around Nishinoshima – the home of rock oyster farming!
いわがき柴田

 

May

Totte-Oki Two Day Walk とって隠岐ツーデーウォーク
Date : 27 – 28
Location : Uragō Port – Matengai Cliff – Tsūtenkyō Arch – Uragō Port (10km walking course)

Walk around the three Oki-Dozen area islands with locals and walking enthusiasts from around Japan! Enter in advance.
>> Website

3DAYSウォーク

Summer

July

Takada Shrine Festival 高田神社例大祭
Enjoy watching local heroes carry the heavy mikoshi (portable shrine) through the streets, watch Kagura (traditional Shinto dance and music) and join locals in honoring the gods of Takada Shrine. If you become friends with someone, they might invite you into their home for supper!

Date : 18 – 19 (odd years)
Location : Funakoshi/Komukai Area

2017 Festival Information
Mikoshi (Portable Shrine) Parade: From 19:00 onwards (both days)
Kagura (Shinto Music & Dance) Display: From 21:00 onwards (only on 18th July)
Fireworks: Not at this festival

高田神社祭り

Kai Shrine Festival 海神社例大祭
Enjoy watching local heroes carry the heavy mikoshi (portable shrine) through the streets and on to a special boat, watch Kagura (traditional Shinto dance and music) and join locals in honoring the gods of Kai Shrine. The local men (mikoshi carriers) try to push each other into the sea – almost everyone goes home wet!

Date : 21 – 22 (odd years)
Location : Beppu Area

2017 Festival Information
Mikoshi (Portable Shrine) Parade: From 19:00 onwards (both days)
Kagura (Shinto Music & Dance) Display: From 21:00 onwards (only on 21st July)
Fireworks: Not at this festival

海神社

Takuhi Shrine Festival 焼火神社例大祭
Climb up to Takuhi Shrine (15 – 20 minutes from the carpark) and spend the evening with local people enjoying special shrine food and watching traditional shrine dance and music. We recommend you contact the priest in advance if you wish to join in.

Date : 23 (even years)
Location : Takuhi Shrine (Mt. Takuhi)
>> Website (Japanese only)

焼火神社祭り

Yurahime Shrine Festival 由良比女神社例大祭
Enjoy watching local heroes carry the heavy mikoshi (portable shrine) through the streets and on to a special boat, view a fireworks display on Saturday night, watch Kagura (traditional Shinto dance and music) and join locals in honoring the gods of Yurahime Shrine. We recommend that you board the special boat with mikoshi carriers and locals that circles the inner sea as part of festival celebrations. You can watch the fireworks from the boat. A small sumo tournament is held during the festival inside the shrine grounds.

Date : Last Saturday and Sunday in July (odd years)
Location : Uragō Area

2017 Festival Information
Mikoshi (Portable Shrine) Parade: From 19:00 onwards (both days)
Kagura (Shinto Music & Dance) Display: From 21:00 onwards (both days, 29th outside JF fisheries port, 30th at Yurahime Shrine)
Fireworks: From 20:30

由良比女神社

August

Obon Dance 盆踊り
Meet with local people to celebrate the Obon Festival by joining in the special rhythmical dance Bon-odori. Obon is celebrated all throughout Japan as the period during which ancestral spirits are said to return to their homes.

Date : 14, 15, 16
Location : Villages around the island

盆踊り

Shara-bune Spirit Boats シャーラ船
Obon is celebrated all throughout Japan as the period during which ancestral spirits are said to return to their homes. Many places place lanterns laden with lights and offerings to symbolize the return of the ancestors following Obon. In Nishinoshima Island the tradition is quite different. Instead of lanterns, ancestors are bid farewell with Shara-bune. These boats (made by junior high school students and village elders) are laden with offerings and the sails are decorated with colorful Buddhist sutras. It is thought that the word shara is derived from shoryo, which means ‘spirit of the deceased’.

Date : 16
Location : Funakoshi Port, Uragō Port and smaller villages around the island

シャーラ船 sharaboat

Autumn

September

Shuhaira 十方拝礼(しゅうはいら)
Shuhaira, meaning ‘to worship in ten directions’ has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. It is uncertain when these dances began, but according to documents about the religious festivals, it was already being performed by the end of the Muromachi Period (1338 – 1573). The rhythm of the drums and chanting while dancing is very intriguing. A small sumo tournament is held during the festival inside the shrine grounds.

Date : Mid-September (odd years)
Location : Mitahachimangu Shrine, Beppu Area

2017 Festival Information
Dress Rehearsal
Location: Chofuku-ji Temple, Otsu Village (close to main supermarket)
Date: Saturday 9th September
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (approximate time)

Main Event
Location: Mita-Hachimangu Shrine, Mitajiri Village (close to Beppu Port)
Date: Sunday 10th September
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 Ceremony, 10:30 – 11:30 Shuhaira Dance, 11:30 – 12:00 Ritual Sumo Tournament

しゅうはいら

Mikado Festival 2016 帝祭り
★This festival will not be held in 2017. The next festvial is scheduled for autumn 2018.
Emperor Godaigo was exiled to the Oki Islands, most likely to the area around Beppu Port known today as Kuroki-gosho (Imperial Residence Site). The local tourism office plans events including a history tour, festival parade, food stalls and free museum entry during the day, then a fireworks display in the evening.

Date : 17
Location : Kuroki-gosho

帝祭り

 

October

Shuhaira 十方拝礼(しゅうはいら)
Shuhaira, meaning ‘to worship in ten directions’ has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. It is uncertain when these dances began, but according to documents about the religious festivals, it was already being performed by the end of the Muromachi Period (1338 – 1573). The rhythm of the drums and chanting while dancing is very intriguing.

Date : Mid-October (even years)
Location : Hiyoshi Shrine, Uragō Area

しゅうはいら10月

Nishinoshima Half Marathon 2017 (Road Race) 西ノ島ハーフマラソン2017
Date : 15
Location : Uragō Port (Start) –> Akao Lookout –> Onimai Lookout –> Urago Port (Goal)

Run up and down the hills along the spectacular Kuniga Coast with locals and running enthusiasts from around Japan! Enter in advance.
島RUN
Squid and Tuna Festival イカまぐろ祭り
Watch a giant tuna being carved and auctioned, sample fresh tuna and squid sushi, take photos with the town mascot KACCHAN, try your hand at fishing and talk with local fishermen.

Date : 29
Location : Uragō Port

イカマグロ祭り