Tokuwa Festival

Energetic Ondeko (demon drumming) performed by the Aso-gumi group

Tokuwa Festival features Aso-gumi's Ondeko, performed with naginata (a blade weapon attached to a wooden pole), and Ojishi (the big lion), parading through the streets from door to door. The Ondeko group and Ojishi get together at the shrine when the portable shrine returns in the evening. One of the highlights is the neriage, the ascension of the steep stone stairs, at Okura Shrine. As many festival-goers watch, the Ojishi steadily goes up the stairs, and once it reaches the top, darkness completely envelopes the area.

  • Ondeko (Deity mask dance)
  • Big Lion
Starting time
6:00 am – around 10:00 pm
Event site
Tokuwa (Okura Shrine)
518 Tokuwa, Sado, Niigata 952-0706
Contact Information
+81-0259-86-3200(Sado Tourism Association Minami Sado Tourist Information Office)
Transport Access
Ogi Port Approx 35 by car
Nearest bus stop
Toukoujimae(Akadomarisen Line) 20 minutes on foot from bus stop

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