Hatano Matsuri and the Annual Grand Festival of Kumano Shrine

Join in the festival of Hatano's tutelary shrine, where demons dance and drum all night.

Hatano Matsuri takes place on the 15th of October every year, and is the annual festival of Kumano Shrine, the tutelary shrine of the Hatano area. Two Ondeko (demon drumming) groups visit each of the households in the area. Since the Hatano district stretches far and wide, and there are about 600 households within the area, Ondeko groups set off surprisingly early: at midnight!! They return to the shrine late at night on the 15th, so they are, literally, drumming door to door from the beginning of the day until the end. During the festival, you can see traditional yabusame and a mikoshi parade, too. The Hatano area is totally enveloped in the atmosphere of an autumn festival.

  • Ondeko (Deity mask dance)
  • Yabusame (horseback archery)
Event site
Kumano Shrine and the Hatano area
Hatano, Sado, Niigata 952-0206
Contact Information
+81-0259-27-5000(Sado Tourism Association Mano Tourist Information Office)
Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 35 by car
Nearest bus stop
Hatano Gakkoumae(Minamisen (South Line)) 5 minutes on foot from bus stop
*Only purification rites performed by a priest will be held in 2020.

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