Share your travel photos with us by hashtagging your images with #visitjapanjp
Kagura Shinto Music and Dance
An annual Kagura dance festival
Get a closer look at the fascinating art of Kagura in the town of Akiota, just a one-hour drive from Hiroshima. Kagura is a Shinto ritual dance dedicated to the gods and has been passed down from generation to generation at small shrines. Akiota is an important center for the dance, and the town held the first Kagura competition festival more than 60 years ago. Held once a year (usually in June), Akiota fields 16 Kagura teams, with other groups from around Japan joining.
Typically performed during the harvest festival, this once strictly ceremonial dance style comes to life at this festival. Kagura teams welcome visitors, and the atmosphere is fun, energetic, and exciting. Performers are masters of its precise choreography and wear ornate handmade costumes for the performances that can weigh more than 15 kilograms. Hiroshima Prefecture is famous for Kagura, so look out for performances held throughout its towns and cities.