- Hirai Hachimangu Shrine Festival
- Date : Annually on the 1st Sunday of October
- In the Shigaku Festival, the floats are decorated with lanterns with lit candles and festival music is played, and a Shinto ritual of praying at the shrine seven times is performed.
In the Hongaku Festival, Hirai-cho's float goes to Dodo-cho and meets the float of the Dodo Hachimangu Shrine. They parade together around Hirai-cho, and are then pulled into the Hirai Hachimangu Shrine for dedication.
The float of the Hirai Hachimangu Shrine is said to have been purchased in around the late Edo period.
The float of the Dodo Hachimangu Shrine was a secondhand float purchased from the Handa region, and it came to be dedicated to the Hirai Hachimangu Shrine.
In existing records it indicates that the young men of Dodo Village renewed and dedicated the curtains in August of 1821.
The float features a protruding balustrade with carvings of animals such as rabbits on all sides.
In the old times, it was also called the Chochinsha float because it used to be decorated with dozens of lanterns, and was pulled around in the evening twilight, which was a splendid sight. Today, the float parades during the daytime, and the number of lanterns has significantly decreased.
The Koromo style float has three tiers, and has sliding doors with drawings of Chinese phoenixes on the three rear sides of the six pillars. On the upper part, it also has curtains with embroidered flying dragons.
|Date||Annually on the 1st Sunday of October|
|Time||From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM|
|Venue||Hirai-cho 2-108, Toyota City|
|Phone number||0565-32-6561（Cultural Property Division, Toyota City Board of Education）|
Access / Map
Access / Map
|Access by car||20 minutes from Tomei Expressway Toyota-Higashi I.C.
15 minutes from Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Toyota-Kanpachi I.C. or Matsudaira I.C.