Kouchi-matsuri Festival(Kouchi matsuri)


Ceremonial boat passage of the Mifune sacred boat

The Mifune Sacred Boat Ritual and Koza-jishi of the Kochi Matsuri Festival, which is held on the Koza-gawa River in the section from Kushimoto Town to Kozagawa Town, are designated as important intangible folk-cultural properties by the Japanese government. The Mifune Sacred Boat Ritual has been designated as the Japan Heritage “Living with the Whales,” and as an event related to the whale culture. In the Yogomori Shinto Ritual held on the eve of the festival, the Mifune sacred boat produces a fantastic atmosphere while it is slowly navigated around Kochijima Island, which is the object of worship.


Kushimoto Town Kozagawa Town
Utsugi, Kozagawa-cho
Season / Time zone
Summer( Fourth Sunday in July) / Daytime
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy
Frequency of appearance
Once a year


Thirty-five min. on foot from JR Koza Sta.

Recommended spot

JR Koza Station > JR Taiji Station (Hachiro-toge Pass Trail)