Festivals of Japan

Events across Japan. A collection ranging from traditional to seasonal offerings.

Mt. Mitoku Fire Festival - Tottori

The major autumn festival for Mt. Mitoku. It is a traditional event that gives thanks for fire, the harvest, and nature. Ascetic monks climb the mountain while chanting sutras and take part in the Saito Goma Ritual where they burn homa sticks with wishes written on them in the belief that those wishes will come true. There is also the hiwatari fire ritual where they walk across a fire in their bare feet to ward off evil spirits and to bring good health and recovery from illness. Visitors may also take part in the fire walk on the day of the festival.

Date Late October every year (tentative)
Time 9:00-15:00 (ending time depends on the number of participants in the fire walk)
Official site http://www.mitokusan.jp/
Location (venue) Sanbutsu-ji Temple
Address 1010 Mitoku, Misasa-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
Price Free admission (participation in the fire walk costs 500 yen)
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Region Chugoku
Category Shrines and temples, Traditional performing arts

Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.

update: Aug.10.2018

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