Let’s all have fun doing the Kokiriko dance!
The sounds of a flute and drum echo round the elegant Shirayama Shrine. To the airs of plaintive melody, a graceful votive dance is performed. The entire Kaminashi district is thronged, with stalls lining the precincts of the shrine, a folk song stage erected in the Kokiriko Hall and lion dances being performed. For the last event, called a Mass Kokiriko Dance, the locals form a circle and all dance the Kokiriko. People who have come to view the spectacle are also allowed to join in the circle and dance along, playing the sasara (bamboo whisk).
|Place||Shirayama Shrine, Kaminashi, Nanto|
|Address||654 Kaminashi, Nanto, Toyama, 939-1914|
|TEL||0763-66-2468 (Gokayama General Information Desk)|
|Access||5 minutes by car from the Gokayama Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway
60 minutes by train from Takaoka Station (JR Hokuriku Main Line) to Johana Station (JR Johana Line), followed by 30 minutes by Kaetsuno Bus to Kaminashi
2 hours by Kaetsuno Bus from Takaoka Station (JR Hokuriku Main Line) to Kaminashi