January 20th 2015
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.
Address: Koutsufukae, Reihoku-machi, Amakusa, Kumamoto
Airport: Kumamoto Airport
Yasaka Shrine, Amakusa County, Kumamoto Prefecture
Take the Kyushu Sanko bus from Tomioka Port. Shrine is a 3min. walk from Kozu-Fukae bus stop.