Sun, Apr

Kanamara “Penis” Festival 2025

★ Staff recommendation
10:00am – 5:00pm

Yes, you read the title right. The Kanamara Festival (aka the Penis Festival) at Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki features phallic images in everything from the decorations to snacks (as well as your regular festival food).

There is also a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade of numerous giant phalli just before noon. Men in drag carry the pink “Elizabeth Mikoshi,” donated by a drag queen club called Elizabeth. Profits raised from the event go to HIV research.

If you’re interested in other fertility festivals in Japan (that’s right, there’s more than one), then get stuck into this list of “penis festivals” from around the country.

Schedule 2025

The schedule for 2025 is yet to be confirmed, but the parade always takes place on the first Sunday of April (April 6 in 2025). Watch this space for more. See below for last year’s schedule for an idea of what times to expect.

Schedule 2024

The festival isn’t all about the mikoshi parade on Sunday. There will be other events happening too.


  • The shaving of daikon radish into phallic shapes will begin from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
  • There will be a Yoimiya Festival (a kind of pre-festival festival) from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday — the big day!

  • A small ceremonial burning will take place from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • Several ceremonies will take place around the mikoshi from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The moment you’ve all been waiting for, the mikoshi parade will commence from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will feature three types of phallic statues. The procession will set off from near Kanayama Shrine and head to Daishi Park, arriving around 12:45 p.m. and setting off back the way it came at 1:15 p.m. The procession will finish at Kanayama Shrine at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday the following week

  • The weekend following the festival will have stalls, an exhibition, and photo spots from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where you can take photos of the static mikoshi.

I love this, but why is the penis festival a thing?

  • The power of life.

Here’s some backstory. Kanayama Shrine was popular with sex workers from the local tea houses who prayed for protection from sexually transmitted diseases. The gods of mining and blacksmiths, Kanayamahiko and Kanayamahime, respectively, are enshrined in it. This might sound totally unrelated to phalli; however, Japanese legend says that they healed the Shinto goddess Izanami after she gave birth to a fire god. because of this myth, people prayed to these gods regarding matters of STDs, childbirth, etc.

Another story tells of a demon who fell in love with a woman and hid inside her vagina, biting off her newlywed husband’s penis, twice. She then sought help from a blacksmith, who made her a metal phallus. It broke the demon’s teeth and sent him off for good. They later enshrined it in Kanayama Shrine as a sort of commemoration.


If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the main shrine (but still want to experience the merch and sweet stalls), then we recommend getting off at the station after Kawasaki-Daishi Station (Higashimonzen Station) and walking down to Daishi Park. The park has plenty of stalls, and this is where the parade will turn around before heading back to the main Kanayama Shrine.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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