Celebrate the Autumn Festival with Iwami Kagura, traditional performing art native to the western region of Shimane
Every year, the Shinto shrines in each town within Hamada City celebrate their regional gods through an Autumn Festival. On the evenings before such festivals, locals always look forward to watching Iwami Kagura performances that light up the town with the sounds of musical accompaniments throughout the entire night. Iwami Kagura is a traditional performing art native to the western region of Shimane Prefecture that features gorgeous costumes, and heroic ritualistic dances. Although there are currently many different venues where you're able to watch kagura performances, we recommend attending a kagura offering (also known as “honou kagura”) at one of the local shrines to get the most authentic experience. The kagura you are able to see at these shrines are simple, yet full of emotion, and are unique experiences that make for a truly unforgettable night.