Mount Shinobu Procession of Dawn

 

Overview

The Fukushima Waraji, the symbol of Fukushima City, is enshrined at Haguro Shrine on Mt. Shinobu. It is 12 meters long, 1.4 meters wide, and weighs 2 tonne, making it the largest straw sandal in Japan. During the Mt. Shinobu Dawn Procession (or Shinobu Sanzan Akatsuki-mairi in Japanese) the waraji is carried past the east side of Fukushima Station through the city center and up Mt. Shinobu to Haguro Shrine.
Many years ago, there was a gate with a large Nio statue guarding the entrance to Haguro Shrine. It is said that the giant waraji was made to fit the feet of this Nio statue. The festival has been held for more than 400 years.
People pray to the waraji for a bountiful harvest, family safety, and health. It is also common for people who suffer from leg or feet related injuries to pray for good health. They also say that if you pray at the shrine for 3 years in a row, it will help you find your true love. People also pray for traffic safety and passing exams.
The stalls around the shrine sell a wide range of charms, trinkets, and candy including daruma, golden waraji, ceremonial arrows, zodiac figurines, and ema prayer tablets. They are open from midnight until early morning on February 11.

2019 Event Details

— Dates —
February 10, 2019 (Sunday)
February 11, 2019 (Monday Public Holiday)
— Waraji Parade —
February 10, 2019 (Sunday)
➡ Parade Start (Oyama Workshop): 9:00 AM
➡ Cawachi (Pharmacy): 9:40 AM
➡ Sato Manufacturing: 10:00 AM
➡ 7-Eleven (Izumi): 10:30 AM
➡ Fukushima Narita-san Temple: 10:45 AM
➡ Max Fukushima: 11:10 AM
➡ Fukushima Station East Exit: 11:30 PM
➡ Fukushima City Central Parking: 12:00 PM
➡ Fukushima Fire Station: 1:40 PM
➡ Kuronuma Shrine: 2:20 PM
➡ Haguro Shrine (Dedication Ceremony): 3:00 PM ~
Note: The waraji parade and dedication ceremony take place on February 10 ONLY.

Mt. Shinobu Dawn Parade Route

— Additional Events —
7th Annual Fuku-Otoko Fuku-Onna Race
(Lucky Man Lucky Woman Race)
February 10, 2019 (Sunday)
Registration: 10:00 AM ~
Opening Ceremony: 11:30 PM ~
Race Start: 12:00 PM ~
Entries close January 23rd (Available in Japanese only): Click Here
Enquries: Junior Chamber International Fukushima Branch
TEL: 024-521-1635
HP: http://f-247jc.jp/
Fukushima Gokoku Shrine
February 11, 2019 (Public Holiday Monday)
Kohaku-ame (red and white candy) for the first 100 visitors.
— Access —
Car: Temporary Parking Available at Hello Work Fukushima and Gakuho Fukushima High School
(+40 min hike up Mt. Shinobu)
Bus: 100 yen
7 min (+40 min hike up Mt. Shinobu)
Route(s): Momorin City Loop 2 (市内循環ももりん2コース)
From: East Exit Bus Stop No. 9
To: Fukushima TV (福島テレビ)

Mt. Shinobu Dawn Parade Parking