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【Iwate】Join a ‘Naked Pilgrimage’ in UNESCO town Hiraizumi

  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Meal included
  • Children welcome
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    5Age ~
  • Duration
    Over 6 hours on the day

Purify your body and mind at one of Japan's most unique festivals!

Tour Highlights:
✔ Discover the true meaning of a peaceful mind
✔ Pray for a good harvest as well as good health fortune
✔ Experience highly unique ritual of Motsu-ji Temple

Every year on January 20th in the World Heritage town of Hiraizumi, men and women of ‘unlucky age’ for that year come together to participate in a highly unique ritual! Carrying flaming torches, they parade through the frozen winter streets to the Shrine inside the grounds of Motsu-ji Temple, bringing with them offerings of vegetables to pray for a good harvest as well as good health fortune for the coming year. You, too, have the chance to join in this unique festival! After participating in the parade with the locals, join a special after-festival meal called ‘Norai’ and learn more about the local culture and history of Hiraizumi as you eat, drink and chat with the local people!Through your festival experience, discover the true meaning of ‘Heiwa-shiso’ – a peaceful mind – in one of the spiritual centers of Pure Land Buddhism.

Closed on Tuesdays
Adults: 50,000 JPY per pax
*Children: Free

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    Required minimum number of participants 2 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 1~
    About duration 13:00-21:00
    Operating period Jan 20 - 21 annually
    Assembly time 13:00
    Booking deadline until 11:59 7 das ago

    Changing room Toilet
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    58 Azaosawa, Hiraizumi,Nishi-Iwaigun, Iwate Prefecture
    Assembly point


    If you arrive by car

    About 15 minutes from Iseki IC

    If you arrive by train

    0.7km from Hiraizumi Station to Moetsuji Temple (7-minute walk, 3-minute drive)

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