Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri – Get Wild at the Osaka’s Most Exciting Festival!




The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri (岸和田だんじり祭) is famous for being one of the wildest and most exciting festivals in Japan. It has over 300 years of history and has never missed a year since its inception even in wartime. Over 600,000 people join this festival every year. A lot of people from the Kishiwada area spend many months preparing for the event.

From the elderly to three years old, the whole town becomes one as they try to make this festival a success. Duties are given based on age groups and each group takes responsibility for their roles. Cooperation between different generation is one of the major reasons the Danjiri Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Osaka.

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Festival Background

The “Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri” was originated about 300 years ago when the Kishiwada feudal lord – Okabe Nagaiya invited the god of Kyoto “Fushimi Inari” to the castle Sannaru to pray for a richer harvest of five grains, rice, wheat, beans, foxtail millet, and saw millet. The original festival had some entertainment such as “Niwaka” or “Kyogen” before the ceremony of worshipping the Sannomaru Shrine and Kishijinjinja.

In the past, The Kishiwada-Danjiri festival was just for praying for a richer harvest of grains. But now it has changed, celebrating this event together once a year with the whole community has connected the spirit of the community so much stronger making this festival bigger and bigger every year.

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Details and Access


September 15th and 16th
For Kishiwada and Haruki region
October 6th and 7th
For Higashi-Kishiwada, Minami-kamorimura, Yagi, Yamadai, Yamadai-minami and Yamataki Region

Brief Schedule

The first day

6:00-07:30    Hikidashi (Moving Mikoshi to the starting point)
09:30-11:30 The morning Mikoshi
13:00-15:00 Parade
15:00-17:00 The afternoon Mikoshi

19:00-22:00 The night Mikoshi

The second day

8:30-12:00    Miyairi
13:00-17:00 The afternoon Mikoshi
19:00-22:00 The night Mikoshi



Kishiwada-shi, Osaka
September 15th and 16th             Kishiwada and Haruki region
October 6th and 7th                        Higashi-Kishiwada, Minami-kamorimura, Yagi, Yamadai, Yamadai-minami and Yamataki region

Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan
Address:     11-23, Honmachi, Kishiwada
Phone:                       072-436-0914
Hours:                     10AM~5PM
Closed on every Mondays and closed from December 29 to January 3rd.
Ticket:                     Adult: 600 Yen, Kids under 15: 300 Yen

Homepage (Japanese only):


For Kishiwada-region
Nearby the Nankai-Honsen Kishiwada Station or Haruki Station.
You can also take a bus from JR Hanwa-line Higashi-kishiwada station to the Kishiwada Ekimae stop(7 mins).


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This festival is known as one of the most exciting and wildest festivals in Japan, that means you will need to follow the safety rules to enjoy the festival.  Festival officials and police officers are standing around the town and guiding visitors and ensuring the safety of the viewers. Please follow these instructions promptly.

• Please do not bring stepladders to help you see over people. Standing on them can be dangerous.

• Please do not throw garbage on the road.

• The use of an umbrella is very dangerous during the event due to the massive amount of people joining this event. Please bring a raincoat.

• Absolutely do not participate in these activities while smoking as it is very dangerous.

• Traffic regulations will be enforced extensively during the festival.

• Please do not visit by car. Also, when coming by train, since the area around Kishiwada station is very crowded, please use the Hokkaido or Izumi Omiya station.

• The Danjiri cart has a steering lever called a rear lever. The carts cannot turn very sharply so when they are passing please stand back and give them a lot of room.

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Closing Remarks

There is a museum in Kishiwada where you can learn about the Kishiwada-danjiri festival. You should visit before the festival to learn more about the history and community of Kishiwada!

To the people who are planning to visit Osaka

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Don`t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

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The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!


Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel themselves a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!


Yui Miller

Lived in Southern California for 7 years after graduating from high school. Now back in Japan to rediscover the beauty of my home country and spread words of happiness to the whole world! Eat, Travel and Be Merry!

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