Enchanting Shrine Festival in Hachioji
Here’s a detailed overview of the festival.
- Phone Number:
- Festival Days:
Tagata Shrine Festival
4-9-21 Motohongocho, Hachioji City, Tokyo
12-minute walk from the north exit of JR Chuo Line Nishi-Hachioji Station
First Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August
Main Events and Attractions of the Festival
Here are the main events and attractions of the festival:
The highlight of the festival is the mikoshi procession, where a portable shrine is carried through the streets of Hachioji. The mikoshi is decorated with elaborate carvings and ornaments, and it is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the community.
- Overview: A parade of a portable shrine through the streets of Hachioji
- Significance: Believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the community
- Features: Elaborately decorated mikoshi with carvings and ornaments
During the festival, a yatai village is set up in the shrine grounds. Yatai are food stalls that sell a variety of Japanese street food, such as takoyaki, yakisoba, and okonomiyaki. There are also games and activities for children.
- Overview: A village of food stalls and games in the shrine grounds
- Food: Variety of Japanese street food, such as takoyaki, yakisoba, and okonomiyaki
- Activities: Games and activities for children
Noh is a traditional Japanese theater form that is known for its slow pace and symbolic gestures. During the festival, there are Noh performances held in the shrine grounds. These performances are a great opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture.
- Overview: Traditional Japanese theater performances in the shrine grounds
- Features: Slow pace, symbolic gestures, and elaborate costumes
- Significance: Opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture
The festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks are launched from a nearby hill, and they light up the night sky with their vibrant colors. This is a popular event that attracts many visitors.
- Overview: Grand fireworks display at the end of the festival
- Features: Launched from a nearby hill, vibrant colors
- Significance: Popular event that attracts many visitors
Blessings and Deities
Tagata Shrine is dedicated to the deities Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto, who are considered to be the creators of the Japanese islands. The shrine is also believed to bring blessings of good luck, prosperity, and fertility.
- Deities: Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto
- Blessings: Good luck, prosperity, fertility
Origin and History
The origins of Tagata Shrine are unclear, but it is believed to have been founded in the 10th century. The shrine was initially dedicated to the god of agriculture, but it was later dedicated to Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto. The shrine has been rebuilt several times over the centuries, most recently in 1735.
- Founded: 10th century
- Original deity: God of agriculture
- Current deities: Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto
- Rebuilt: 1735
Tips and Notes for Visitors
Here are some tips and notes for visitors to Tagata Shrine:
- The shrine is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Admission is free.
- The shrine is a popular destination for weddings and other ceremonies.
- There is a small museum on the shrine grounds that displays artifacts related to the shrine’s history.
- The shrine is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. Please be respectful of the local residents.
There is no parking lot at Tagata Shrine. However, there are several public parking lots nearby.
- Hachioji City Hall Parking Lot: 5-minute walk from the shrine
- Hachioji Station Parking Lot: 10-minute walk from the shrine
- Nishi-Hachioji Station Parking Lot: 12-minute walk from the shrine
Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years
|Type of Stall
|A staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
|A simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
|Small castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
|Grilled Ayu with Salt
|Fresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
|A unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
|A Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
|A fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
|A banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
|Various types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
|Fried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.