Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival) at Tagata Shrine (Jinja/ Temple)

Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival) at Tagata Shrine (Jinja/ Temple)

This Shrine is dedicated to the God of harvest which are five staple grains (rice, wheat, etc.) and prosperity of future generations. The Bumper Harvest Festival is where a huge wooden phallus is paraded, then offered at the shrine, also called Tagata Jinja (Tagata temple). It is well-known for its uniqueness. This Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival, also called Fertility Festival) is held on March 15 every year. Every year,in the Komaki City (Komaki-shi), about halfway between Inuyama and Nagoya, a crowd of curious travelers and regulars comes to watch this ceremony affectionately nicknamed "The Penis Festival".
Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival) at Tagata Shrine (Jinja/ Temple) in Komaki City (Komaki-shi) near Nagoya and Inuyama
Location and Contact
Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival) at Tagata Shrine (Jinja/ Temple)
152 Tagata-cho, Komaki City (Komaki-shi), Aichi Prefecture 485-0004, Japan [Geo Coordinate: 35.315827999999996,136.941373]
To reach Komaki, you can take the Meitetsu line train from Nagoya to Inuyama, then change to the Meitetsu Komaki line (operated by Nagoya Railroad between Kamiiida Station in Nagoya and Inuyama Station in Inuyama). Tagata-jinja-mae is the third stop from Inuyama, and the station is a 10-minute walk from the shrine. The journey costs about ¥710, depending on which train you take, and takes one hour.
TEL: (0568)76-2906
FAX: (0568)76-2099
Website: http://www.tagatajinja.com/
More details English Info:
http://kikuko.web.infoseek.co.jp/english/tagata-shrine-hounen-sai.html
http://www.2camels.com/hounen-penis-fertility-festival.php
http://www.japan-experience.com/voyage-japon/news/agenda/komaki-festival