Exhilarating boat races off the Oshima coast
In late July, cool off with the Murakami Suigun Boat Race—an exciting waterside event. Held annually on Oshima island in Ehime prefecture, the event celebrates the Seto Inland Sea’s suigun, or pirate, culture with exhilarating boat races of more than 60 teams from inside and outside the prefecture. The Murakami suigun are especially renowned as they once controlled the waters around the Seto islands. Watch as these 12-manned boats face off in a contest of speed and mastery. The event also features delicious festival food, such as yakitori (skewered chicken) and seafood, and unleashes mesmerizing fireworks display after the races. While you are in the area, visit the nearby Murakami Suigun Museum to learn more about this intriguing side of Japan.
- Near Imabari
- Culture and Art
|Business Hours||Held in Late July from 8:40–20:30pm|
|Directions||Approx. 30 mins from Imabari Station to Oshima Eigyosho (Miyakubo) by bus|
Approx. 5 mins from Oshima Eigyosho (Miyakubo) by bus