A Summer tradition of Uku Island. The festival has a ceremony to drive away bad luck.
It is a popular summer festival commonly known as "Gion-sama", which enshrines the God of Gion in order to be rid of future disaster. The youth in white costume pray to drive away bad luck, carrying mikoshi(a portable shrine) and running throughout the island. It will be even more crowded with stalls around the "Otabisho"(where the mikoshi is lodged during the festival)in the evening.
Yasaka Shrine(inside Kohshima Shrine) 2528-1 Ukumachi-taira, Sasebo, Nagasaki pref.
Approx. 200 min.(145 min. if directly) from Sasebo Port by ferry. 12 min. walk from Ukudaira Port.