Held annually on the 15th October, Dogeza Festival is an important autumn festival taking place at Funakawa-Hachimangu Shrine in Niimi City.
Known officially as 'goshin-kyoubuki-gyouretsu’ (translating roughly as ‘procession of the warrior gods’ in English), the festival re-enacts a historic procession of feudal lords.
Dating back some 300 years, the festival sees approximately 64 participants armed with bows and spears parade through the streets in a procession of about 1.5km.
It is customary for spectators to kneel or lower themselves for the duration of the parade - something of a rarity among Japanese festivals, and as such something well worth adding to your travel itinerary.