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Sanuki Toyohama Chosa Festival

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Two-ton gold floats are carried through the streets at the Sanuki Toyohama Chosa Festival

Kagawa Prefecture



Dazzling gold floats are paraded through the Toyohama neighborhood of Kanonji City every autumn during the annual Sanuki Toyohama Chosa Festival. This celebration takes place over three days on the second weekend of October to express gratitude for a plentiful harvest and catch.
It is named for its floats, or chosa, that are mounted with drums and carried through the streets of Toyohama. This type of float has traditionally been used in festivals throughout western Japan, but those in Toyohama and the surrounding area are some of the largest and most ornate anywhere. They are up to five meters tall, weigh two tons, and are carried on wooden poles that are 13 meters long.
It takes about 70 well-coordinated carriers to maneuver a single float. On the last day of the Chosa Festival, all 22 floats are carried to the sound of rhythmical chants to Ichinomiya Shrine, where each group puts on a performance that involves hoisting the float up and down and shaking it vigorously while drums are played and the participants shout in unison.
If you come to Toyohama outside of festival season, get a taste of the action at the Chosa Festival Exhibition Hall, where some of the floats are displayed and video of the festival plays on a big screen.


How to get there

JR Toyohama station is about 5 hours by JR train from Kansai International Airport, or about 5 hours by JR train from Shin-Osaka Station. The Chosa Festival Exhibition Hall is about a 10-minute walk from the station.


982-1 Himehama, Toyohama-cho, Kanonji-shi, Kagawa-ken


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