Otō Matsuri


A team of roughly 2,000 men clad in white and sporting straw rope wrapped around their waists light torches with sacred fire in prayer for a good harvest and family safety. The men then charge down from the shrine with torches in hand famously resembling “a flaming waterfall and winding fiery dragon”. The festival is known as one of the most lively fire festivals in Japan. On the day of the festival, women are prohibited from the Kamikura-jinja Shrine grounds, but are able to watch the festivities from the path leading to the shrine.

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1 Chome-13-8 Kamikura, Shingū, Wakayama Prefecture 647-0044, Japan