Odate area

Odate Shinmeisha Festival

Watch Odate come alive

The Odate Shinmeisha Festival is held in late summer to pray for an abundant harvest. Neighborhoods around the city pull large, decorated floats around the city which carry dancers and musicians. On the first night of the festival the floats converege on the center of town for a blessing by the shrine priest. On the second night, a purifying water fight is held in the center of town to the delight of spectators.

Event Schedule

September 10 Pre-Festival

14:00 - Pre-Opening Ceremony
15:00 - Float parade begins, mochi throwing
18:00 - Offerings @ Shinmeisha Shrine
18:50 - Float assembly, Opening ceremony
19:30 - Tanosaka Hill Climb Event
Neighborhood Celebrations till ~22:30

September 11 Main Festival

8:30 - Festival begins
12:20 - Magewappa Taiko Drum Performance
13:30 - Float Exhibition
18:00 - Odate Hayashi Music Performance
18:45 - Ceremonial Water Fight, Puriication Ceremony
19:50 - Closing Festivies
Neighborhood Celebreations till ~21:00


【Where】Hachiko-dori (main street)

【When】September 10, 11th

【Contact】date Shinmeisha festival entertainment dedication executive committee TEL:080-1808-6934



Hachiko-dori (main street)