Festivals & Events
Miyoshi Bondensai is a festival that happens every January in Akita Prefecture. In this local festival, groups of children, townspeople and even company employees carry four-meter-long sacred wands called bonden to Miyoshi Shrine on Mt. Taiheizan.
Miyoshi Shrine is accessible by bus from Akita Station.
From Akita Station's east exit, take the bus bound for Akita Chuo Kotsu Bus Taiheisan and get off at Miyoshi-Jinja Iriguchi. Miyoshi Shrine is a two-minute walk from the bus stop.
Bonden, made of colorful fabric, are said to act as markers for gods descending to the world. After being dedicated to the shrine, the bonden are placed neatly in the precincts, their colors providing a beautiful contrast against the snow-covered buildings.
Like any other attendee, you can try to touch the triangular charms on the bonden during the race to receive some divine power.