Hato Festival

A summer festival with over 70 years of history

Kim   - 2 min read
Venue : Kanzaki Shrine, Kiku Port When : Late Jul 2024

Held every year on the 27th and 28th of July, the Hato Festival in Tottori's Kotoura Town has a history spanning more than 70 years. The normally quiet area around Kanzaki Shrine comes alive with excitement as a mikoshi (portable shrine) is paraded along the route to Kiku Port. In addition to the mikoshi parade, there will be around 40 market stalls selling a variety of food, drinks, and other items.

Photo: Kotoura Town Tourism Association

To cap off the festival, around 3000 colorful fireworks are launched from the Kiku Port area. Their reflections on the water as they burst in the sky is a truly incredible sight.

Photo: Kotoura Town Tourism Association

There is no admission fee to enjoy the atmosphere of the festival, but bring yen if you plan on making a purchase.

Getting there

The event takes place around Kanzaki Shrine and Kiku Port. The venues are accessible in around 5 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes on foot from Akasaki Station, which is served by the JR San'in Main Line.

Kim

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