Festivals & Events
The Shonai Kagura is a traditional dance performed regularly in the town of Shonai, Oita, long woven into the local culture. The yearly Shonai Festival began in 1990 and is held on November 3.
You can get to the festival by train and then a short taxi ride.
The festival is held at Kagura den, about five minutes by taxi from Onoya Station. Onoya Station is accessible on the JR Kyudai main line from Oita, Yufuin, and other major cities.
This festive dance has been practiced for more than 200 years. It is thought to have begun in 1778 as an offering from the local shrine priests to the gods. There are many performances by the 12 kagura groups, and schoolchildren also participate.
Kagura is a dance that tells stories. There are many different kinds of kagura throughout Japan, with Shonai kagura being one of its most famous.