In a small village tucked away in Himeji City, celebrate the autumn festival of kenka fighting with the locals.
This is the time of the year when resplendently-designed yatai floats are propped up by large groups of volunteers, as they are paraded across town like portable shrines.
Loud, fervent chants summoning the deities accompany the collision of the floats, mimicking battles of the titans. The best way to immerse in this emotionally charged festival is to be a spectator with a front-row view, just to see the festivities up-close.
You can also visit artisans who build the intricate floats, or gain in-depth knowledge about kenka fighting from experts.