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Nada Fighting Festival

Event Dates

October 13, 2018

October 14, 2018

Dates and times are subjects to change without notice. Check with the official organizers before making travel arrangements.


category: Festivals
Major City: Kobe
Event is: Free

The "Nada Fighting Festival" is held in Shirahama town, Himeji City.  There is no "man-to-man" fighting if that's what your thinking but there is a type of "Mikoshi Fighting" (Portable Shrine Fight).  The Mikoshi are jolted against one another while being carried on the shoulders of men usually wearing lioncloths.  The rules are somewhat "vague". Basically when to groups of teams get close/next to each other the action begins. The Mikoshi are knocked, bashed and pushed against each other till the one that is hoisted above/on the other, wins.  This type of "Mikoshi Fighting Festival" is held in many places throughout Japan (and even outside of Japan now in other parts of the world) but the one here in Shirahama is the most famous.

Another highlight of the festival is the Yatai Neri when "Yatai", festival floats and are incredibly decorated, are brought out on the shoulders of loincloths men again.

How to get there:

1.) 3 min. walk from Shirahama No Miya Station

Official Website (Japanese Only)


Location: Matsubarahachiman Shrine

Address: Shirahama-cho Ko 399, Himeji, Hyogo. 672-8023

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