The 2015 Tagata Jinja Fertility Festival takes place on Sunday on March 15. Expect large crowds to this increasingly popular festival as it falls on a weekend this year.
This historic and undoubtedly bizarre phallic festival involves a boisterous procession involving a 2.5m freshly carved wooden phallus carried 1.5km (with multiple sake-fueled rest stops) between Kumano Shrine and Tagata Shrine near Inuyama, just outside Nagoya in central Japan.
Access to Tagata Shrine
To get to Tagata Jinja take a Meitetsu train from Nagoya Meitetsu Station or Kanayama Station to Inuyama. Change to a Meitetsu Komaki Line train leaving from platform 3 and go three stops to Tagata Jinja Mae. Turn left out of the station and then left again at the main road. Alternatively take the Kami-Iida Line from Heian-dori subway station on the circular Meijo Line.
Tagata Jinja is about 400m on your right. To reach Kumano Shrine turn right out of Tagata Jinja, cross over the main road and Kumano Jinja is on your left as you climb the hill after crossing over the railway line.
Alternatively take the Tsurumai Subway Line to Kami Otai and change to a Meitetsu Line train to Inuyama and then the Komaki Line to Tagata Jinja Mae.
Aichi, Komaki-shi, Tagata-cho-152
Tel: 0568 76 2906