Mt. Shinobu Dawn Procession 2020

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.

Last updated: 28 August, 2019
Date 10 February, 2020 - 11 February, 2020
Venue Mt. Shinobu to Haguro Shrine
8 Miyamaya, Fukushima, Fukushima 960-8252