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Hadaka-Matsuri Naked Festival

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January 20th 2014

At this mid-winter festival, not for the weak-hearted, young men from the local community swim approximately 500 meters in the ice-cold local sea to cries of “Cho-sanya, yoiya, yoiya.” The festival, which has continued for approximately 400 years, is a traditional festival that was originally established to ward off illness. Currently, approximately 30 men from the local community take part in this annual tradition.

Hours: 10 a.m.

Admission: Free

Address: Koutsufukae, Reihoku-machi, Amakusa, Kumamoto

Airport: Kumamoto Airport

Notes:

Location:
Yasaka Shrine, Amakusa County, Kumamoto Prefecture

Access:
Take the Kyushu Sanko bus from Tomioka Port. Shrine is a 3min. walk from Kozu-Fukae bus stop.

Dates:
Jan. 20, 2014

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