[天王祭] to be held in the mid of July is the most traditional, exciting
and the large-scale festival in and around Enoshima.
It is a festival of Yasaka Jinja shrine [八坂神社], that is in precincts of
Hetsunomiya main shrine of Enoshima Jinja Shrines
and is held over 5 days in July.
The origin of the festival is a fisherman lived in Enoshima Island picks
up a statue of Susanoo no Mikoto [須佐之男命] in the sea and enshrined in the
island. The statue was lost from the Koyurugi Jinja shrine [小動神社] in Koshigoe
opposite of Enoshima Island, that was sank into the sea in high waves.
The main events of Tennosai consists of "Yoimiya" [宵宮] evening festival
that held the night before main festival and "Shinkosai" [神幸祭]
main festival that Mikoshi portable shrine travels between Enoshima Island
and opposite land side town Koshigoe
In this page, we'll guide you "Shinkosai" main festival of this
Tennosai festival in timeline.
The opening ritual is held in front of Hetsunomiya main shrine
building in Enoshima Island.
After the ritual, the Mikoshi of Yasaka Jinja shrine carried by people
and other procession go down stairs to Red Torii gate in the end of Nakamise
Around 10:00 The Mikoshi and procession of Yasaka Jinja led by Chochin lanterns departs the shrine and down Nakamise Street
the main street of Enoshima Island.
The narrow street is fulled with participant of the festival, residents and tourists, when the procession passes.
When the Mikoshi and procession arrived in front of Green bronze Torii
gate near Enoshima Bentenbashi Bridge
, it has a ceremony and remove a part of decorations of Mikoshi to preparation
for enter the sea.
Around 11:30, Mikoshi carried by people and walk into the sea for a while.
Then, Mikoshi goes to Higashimachi and has a break for lunch and take a
During the break time, some people attach the decorations of Mikoshi that
removed before enter the sea and the preparation for the parade in the
afternoon is in progress.
When the preparation work is finished, it has a small ceremony before the
At Koshigoe Shopping Street
near Ryukoji Temple
, Mikoshi of Koyurugi Jinja is stayed and wait for arrival of the mikoshi
of Yasaka Jinja Shrine from Enoshima Island.
There are some Dashi [山車] wooden floats also parked on the road near here.
It is possible to see interesting views of Enoden train passing aside of
these floats and mikoshi.
Some big floats puts statues on the top that is models the following people
- Susanoo no Mikoto [須佐之男命] - one of the god of Shinto.
- Minamoto no Yoritomo [源頼朝] - the founder and first Shogun of Kamakura Shogunate.
- Gosho Goromaru [御所五郎丸] - the samurai of Minamoto no Yoritomo's retainer.
- Minamoto no Yoshiie (a.k.a. Hachiman Taro Yoshiie) [源義家 (八幡太郎義家)] - a ancestor
of Minamoto no Yoritomo.
- Kamakura Gengoro Kagemasa [鎌倉権五郎景正] - a local samurai
Mikoshi of Yasaka Jinja Shrine that was left the island around 13:00
is passing in front of Enoshima Station of Enoden Line.
Around 14:00, Mikoshi procession of Yasaka Jinja Shrine arrive at Ryukoji
These Mikoshi and processions joins here and parades together to Koyurugi
Jinja shrine in Koshigoe Town
the westend of Kamakura.
Anyone can participate and follow the parade, there are so many people
after festival procession and goes to the shrine.
The mikoshi parade goes through Koshigoe Shopping Street to the east while taking the break in the midway point of the street.
Enoden Line suspends train operation temporarily till the parade passes the street. Because of the street is totally overflowed with the people and there isn't any space to run a train!
About 15:00, Enoden train resume its service immediately as soon as the
Mikoshi parade passed Koshigoe Station.
The festival processions continued parades to Koyurugi Jinja shrine and
attend at the religious ritual there.
It is in the rest time in Koshigoe Shopping Street when the about the same
You have a chance to see the rare scenes like the last century, such as
an old train passing a very aside of Dashi floats and statues used for
the festival, until the Mikoshi parade returns here around 16:00.
Religious ritual at Koyurugi Jinja Shrine is over 16:00 and the festival
procession starts a return trip to the home island.
Koshigoe Shopping Street
is filled with people again, and Enoden train halt its service too.
When the procession comes in front of Ryukoji Temple
, it is divided into two with largely scrolling and return to the direction
where each came from.
About half past 17, when the sun dropping toward the west and the sky begins
a tinge of red, the Mikoshi parade cross the bridge and back to Enoshima
When it arrive at the front of the Green bronze Torii gate, Mikoshi carriers
are change to residents of Enoshima Island only.
About 18:00, Mikoshi carried by residents and climbs the slope of Nakamise Street
to go back to the shrine.
In the end, a ceremony of the arrival is held there. A series of events
of Shinkosai festival and the longest and most excited day of Enoshima
Island is finished.