Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

Japan’s Largest and Most Magnificent Danjiri Festival

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

Event Dates:

Kishiwada City’s 100th Anniversary Kishiwada Festival Special Float: September 3rd, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Rally Test: September 3rd, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM; September 15th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Event Venue:

From Sakai-Sennan Line Kishiwada Hommachi Intersection to Tako Jizou Station South Intersection


Get off at Nankai Main Line Kishiwada Station

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is a traditional festival held in Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It is one of Japan’s three major danjiri festivals and is considered one of the most spectacular festivals in the country. The distinctive feature of the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is the magnificent handcrafted wooden floats (called “danjiri”) that weigh up to four tons. These floats are pulled and maneuvered through the local streets by 400 to 1,000 strong men, each holding two thick ropes. Their powerful and daring procession is a truly awe-inspiring sight. Particularly impressive is the “yari-mawashi,” where the danjiri makes 90-degree turns at full speed without slowing down, adding to the festival’s excitement.

The festival is full of passion and vitality, with residents and visitors alike joining in the festivities, creating a joyous atmosphere together. After sunset, each float is adorned with over 200 lanterns, creating a unique ambiance different from the daytime. Children also join the ranks of the pullers, slowly parading through the local area. The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival features various traditional dances and performances, including drum performances and dragon and lion dances, showcasing the enthusiasm and unity of the local community and the unique charm of traditional Japanese festivals.

For more event information, please refer to the official website of the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival (