Gion Festival(Yasaka Shrine Summer Festival)

A Summer tradition of Uku Island. The festival has a ceremony to drive away bad luck.

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It is a popular summer festival commonly known as "Gion-sama", which enshrines the God of Gion in order to be rid of future disaster. The youth in white costume pray to drive away bad luck, carrying mikoshi(a portable shrine) and running throughout the island. It will be even more crowded with stalls around the "Otabisho"(where the mikoshi is lodged during the festival)in the evening.

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Address 857-4901 長崎県佐世保市宇久町平2528-1八坂神社(神島神社内)
TEL 0959-57-3158(神島神社)
Access Approx. 200 min.(145 min. if directly) from Sasebo Port by ferry. 12 min. walk from Ukudaira Port.
Dates Mid-July

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