Aikawa Festival

Aikawa, a town with over 400 years of history, is transformed into a festival wonderland.

Aikawa Festival is the annual festival of Uto Shrine, the tutelary shrine of the Aikawa area. With over 400 years of tradition, it is one of the largest village festivals in Sado. After rituals at the shrine, a portable shrine is paraded through the town, while a taiko team, a Mamemaki dancer dancing to the beat and a lion go from house to house. The climax is in the cumulation of lights around 9 pm, when the portable shrine returns accompanied by lanterns hanging from long poles, to the main shrine, itself surrounded by strung up red and white paper lanterns. It is a scene that makes you feel the weight of history.

  • Ondeko (Deity mask dance)
  • Lion Dance
Event site
Uto Shrine and the Aikawa City area
Aikawa Oritomura, Sado, Niigata
Contact Information
+81-0259-74-2220(Sado Tourism Association Aikawa Tourist Information Office)
Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 50 by car
In order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, only Shinto shrine-related rituals will be held in 2021.

Points of interest near Aikawa Festival