Mar/1 - 14 Shunie Ceremony in Todaiji Temple

Sightseeing information about Mar/1 - 14 Shunie Ceremony in Todaiji Temple in Japan.

Mar/1 - 14 Shunie Ceremony in Todaiji Temple (Omizutori)3.6

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 from 3/1 '21 to 3/14 '21


Shunie Ceremony is a 2-week Buddhist Fire Ceremony held at Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple on March. It dates back to 752 and has been held annually for more than 1,260 years. The Shunie Ceremony features 2 main events, "Otaimatsu" and "Omizutori".
Each night during the Shunie Ceremony period, you can watch the fiery Otaimatsu Ritual. Giant torches are lit at Nigatsudo Hall, and young monks run back and forth along the temple's balcony, carrying flaming torches. The constant movement and whipping around causes sparks to scatter upon the crowd below.
A highlight of Otaimatsu Ritual is held on March 12th. The 6-m long, 70-kg weigh torches are lit up and make the biggest scale of embers which shower down from the balcony. It attracts over 30,000 visitors each year.
"Omizutori" is the water ceremony on the last day of Shunie Ceremony. After the final night of the fire ceremony, monks draw water from the Wakasa Wall under Nigatsudo Hall. It is believed that the spring will come when the Omizutori has finished.

Dates : March 1 - 14
Venue : Nigatsudo Hall of Todaiji Temple
Address : 406 Zoshicho, Nara
Access : take a bus from Nara Station and get off at Todaiji Daibutsuden

March 1 - 11 & March 13 : 19:00~ for 20 mins
March 12 : 19:30~ for 45 mins
March 14 : 18:30~ for 10 mins

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4.012 months ago

We didn't get in so I can't say anything about the inside. But from the outside, it's quite impressive with its large columns. You have great views of the city

5.02 months ago

This was our favorite temple in Nara. It's so serene and peaceful to walk around and you get to see deer lounging around peacefully from the terrace.

Note: Visited prior to Covid, so things may be different.

5.06 months ago

Go there for sunset!! Very cool looking temple with interesting elements on both sides of the main building. Also it is FREE of charge and the stunning terrace is always open!

5.05 months ago

One of the most beautiful places in Nara Park. The hall itself is wonderful to see, but the view from the hall is truly astounding as you have a panoramic view of Nara.

5.0a year ago

You can get some amazing views of the city and the fall color from this beautiful temple. It is a very well kept and peaceful spot with other temples and shrines around it.