Esashi Kamomejima Island Festival(July)

Esashi Kamomejima Island Festival

This festival of the sea is held every year on the first Saturday and Sunday of July. One of three major Esashi festivals, it is an event that heralds the beginning of summer to the people of Esashi.

Giant ritual rope tying・The legendary "Heishi rock" of the Shimenawakazari

The main event of the festival is the Heishi Rock shimenawakazari (tying of a ritual rope), performed by the men of the sea from Esashi working in unison. A team of fishermen tie a rope weighing 500 kilograms around the unusally shaped, 10m tall Heishi rock as it stand upon the foreshore. After the rope is tied, the Esashi Kagura (Shinto ceremony), which descends from the nationally designated intangible cultural heritage Matsumae Kagura, is performed and the event concludes with this noble ritual. There are also plenty of other exciting events, such as the Kitamae Boat Race Competition.

2019 Esashi Kamomejima Island Festival

Event date

6th July 2019(Sat) 11:00 - 20:00
7th July 2019(Sun) 09:00 - 15:00

Program schedule

6th July (Sat)

Scheduled start time (time may change depending on certain situations) Event
13:00 - Heishi Rock giant ritual rope tying/Shimenawakazari/Esashi kagura (Shinto ceremony)
(Kamomejima Island foreshore)
13:00(First )
* Distribution of boarding tickets from 11:00
Japan Coast Guard patrol boat "Kamui" experience voyage
(Chuo Wharf Boarding tickets distributed at Chuo Wharf)
14:45 - Esashi Elementary School Fife and Drum Corps Parade
(Shinchi cho - Kamomejima Island)
15:50 - Esashi Ondo Sennin Parade
(Shinchi cho. - Kamomejima Island)
16:00 - Robatayaki (fireside grilling), Tanabata decorating, lantern making
(Kamomejima Island stage front)
17:00 - Find the hiding Shigecchi
(Kamomejima Island stage)
17:00 - Island festival 2019
(Kamomejima Island stage)
18:30 - Itsukushima Shrine Dusk Festival
(Kamomejima Island Itsukushima Shrine)
19:30 - Tanabata night - wishing for plentiful fishing, safety on the sea, and the future
(Kamomejima Island stage front)
09:00-17:00 Esashi Bonsai Society - Bonsai Exhibition
(Place: Esashi Town Cultural Center)
11:00 - 20:00 Stalls

7th July (Sun)

Scheduled start time
(time may change depending on certain situations)
09:00 - Itsukushima Shrine Marine Palanquin Procession
(Kamomejima Island Itsukushima Shrine)
09:30 - 41st All Hokkaido Kitamae Boat Race
(South Wharf)
10:00 - 15:00 Robatayaki (fireside grilling)
(Kamomejima Island stage front)
10:00 - Kamome Island Lighthouse open to the public
(Kamomejima Island Lighthouse front)
10:45 - 11:15 (Part 1)
12:30 - 13:00 (Part 2)
Character show
Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure Show (Kamomejima Island Stage)
11:20 - 11:50 (Part 1)
13:00 - 13:30 (Part 2)
Character game tournament
Play with Shigecchi
14:00 - 15:00 STV Radio public recording "Sing! Sea of Japan"
・ Matsubara Takeyuki “Miraculous crystal voice!”
・ Narikiri Seiko: "The surreal variety of Seiko"
09:00 - 16:00 Esashi Bonsai Society - Bonsai Exhibition/Bonsai Workshop
Esashi Town Cultural Hall
10:30 - 14:30 Nodate (outdoor tea)
(Place: Front of Kaiyomaru)
09:00 - 15:00 Stalls

Robatayaki (fireside grilling) tickets quick

Enjoy Esashi's early summer with some Robatayaki (fireside grilling) with a view of the Sea of Japan

Robatayaki ticket 1,000 yen

* Now on sale at the Esashi Tourism Convention Association. Tickets are also scheduled to be sold on the day at Kamomejima Island

Menu Draft beer
Yakitori (grilled chicken)
Frankfurter and others

* Please refrain from using the Robatayaki grill for food purchased outside of the venue

Japan Coast Guard patrol boat "Kamui" experience voyage!

Boarding tickets will be distributed on the day of the voyage.

Time and date 6th July (Sat) 11:00
* Ends once tickets are sold out
* Boarding tickets are distributed for both voyages
Place Kamui boarding place (Esashi Port Central Wharf)
Voyage time First departure 13:00
Second departure 14:00
Staff 70 passengers each

* One boarding pass will be distributed per person.
* You may not board without a boarding ticket.
* Students below third grade of elementary school must be led by a parent
* Please complete the boarding procedure at least 15 minutes before departure.


In case of bad weather such as storms or heavy fog, the voyages will be canceled, but the patrol boat will instead be open to the public. In the event of an emergency such as an accident, experience voyages and public viewing of the boat will be cancelled.

Kamomejima Island Festival Sennin (thousand person) Parade Participant recruitment

We invite you to dance the "Esashi Ondo" and "Esashi Jinku" with us. Participation as an individual or a guest from outside the town, as a neighborhood association, or as a business unit are all welcome. No experience is necessary. We also offer yukata rentals so please feel free to join and enjoy some dancing. Parade participants are also eligible for a participation award.
* We also offer dance workshops and CD rentals

If you would like to participate, please call the Esashi Tourism Convention Association at 0139-52-4815.

Tanabata night - wishing for plentiful fishing, safety on the sea, and the future

On the island, a giant herring kite is spread, and as the music plays, the participants themselves place lanterns around the kite to create the shape of the herring using light.

(The creation of the light herring is scheduled to be projected on a screen inside the venue via a web camera)

We will then head down the island and divide into the Kamome boardwalk and the foreshore, illuminate some lanterns, and pray toward the sea together. At the end, a surprise using lights awaits.

We invite you to make lanterns on the eve of Tanabata and participate in the event.

Lanterns are sold at the following location.
Lanterns/LED candlelight 1 set 500 yen

1st July - 5th July Esashi Tourism Convention Association (Esashi Town Hall 1F)
6th July Kamomejima Island Headquarters beside the stage



Venue map

Japan Coast Guard patrol boat "Kamui" boarding location

All Hokkaido Kitamae boat race competition headquarters


Esashi Tourism Convention Association Secretariat
TEL:+81-139-52-4815 FAX:+81-139-52-5666
Organizer: Esashi Tourism Convention Association
Support: Esashi, Hokkaido Hiyama Promotion Bureau, Hokkaido Tourism Promotion Organization