This is a traditional Japanese shrine with unique and, at first glance, mysterious ties to a maritime lifestyle.
The name Azumino is in fact derived from the Azumi people, a second-century seafaring tribe from northern Kyushu.
The shrine itself is a large and ornately carved wooden structure that was recently completely rebuilt. Ofune Matsuri (Festival), an annual celebration in September, reflects the shrine’s maritime roots with local neighborhoods constructing beautiful wooden ships that are paraded throughout town.
We are afraid of that will be cancelled because of Covid-19.
Date; Last weekend in September
Location; Hotaka Shrine
Access; Walk 5minutes from Hotaka Sta. JR Oito line