Almost in a state of trance, the participants scream “saireya sairyo” (have a good festival). Miniature omikoshi (a portable Shinto shrine for the gods and spirits. It resembles a small building which is fixed to 4 poles. Omikoshi are usually very heavy and require many folks to carry it on their shoulders) leave from the unique onsen of the village for a parade that will end at the Yuki sanctuary, where the Shinto ceremony can start at last.
As the festival ends in a cloud of smoke and that the city people go back to the train station, the last festival-goers keep on feasting long after midnight. Don’t miss the last train!