Shirakawa's 12 kaguras at Nissato

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Nissato’s Shirakawa-style 12 Kagura Performances

In 1804, volunteers and the village headman, who served as the head temple petitioner, held an eitai kagura (ancient Shinto music and dancing)festival, dedicating kagura tools and pots. This festival has been held annually on March 20th since 1807 to pray for peace, tranquility, prosperity, safety, and abundant harvest. During WWII, the festival was reduced to just a chigomai (a dance performed by children) performance, but since 1948, the festival has been entrusted to the young shrine parishioners’ association. In 1975, the Nissato Performing Arts Preservation Committee was formed and has continued to pass down the Shirakawa-style 12 kagura performances since then.

Before the kagura performances, a Shinto ritual in which a shaman or priest soaks bamboo grass in boiling water and sprinkles the water on worshippers takes place.

It is designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by the city.


  • Sarutahiko-no-Mikoto
  • Otome
  • Dajikarao-no-Mikoto
  • Yahata
  • Sanpōkōjin
  • Uzume
  • Sakakiba, Tahito (Inari)
  • Ukemochi-no-Mikoto
  • Scattering Seeds
  • Susanō-no-Mikoto (finale)
  • Chigomai (morning and evening)

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Yaegaki Shrine

938 Nissato, Katori City


By car:

  • 20 min from Taiei IC on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway via Tōsō Toll Road
  • 20 min from Sawara-Katori IC on the Higashi Kanto Expressway

By bus:

  • Take the Chiba Kotsu or Kantetsu Green Bus from Hamamatsu-chō Station or Tokyo Station bound for Chōshi via Asahi. Get off at Yamada bus stop and drive for 5 minutes.



Contact Information

Katori City Lifelong Learning Division: 0478-50-1224


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〒287-8501 千葉県香取市佐原ロ2127番地 (市役所3階)