Jul/14 Nachi Fire Festival (Nachi no Ogi Matsuri)3.9
from 7/14 '20 to 7/14 '20
Due to the coronavirus concerns, Nachi Fire Festival has been scaled down in 2020, and will be held the ritual by only priests.Visitors are not allowed to participate. Please check the official website.
Nachi Fire Festival is one of the three major fire festivals in Japan and the fire event of the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. It takes place on July 14th every year in the Kumano Mountains of Wakayama Prefecture. The festival celebrates the return of the deity living in the shrine to the Great Waterfall of Nachi, Japan's highest waterfall.
The festival is particularly famous for the scenes of 12 enormous pine torches with fire, which weighs close to 50 kg , being carried from the shrine to the Great Waterfall of Nachi. These 12 torches represent the spirits of the gods living in the Kumano Mountains and used to purify the path by burning.
The ritual dance and music are performed in Nachi Taisha Shrine, and the main ceremony is held from 2PM at the path in front of the waterfall.
Nachi Fire Festivlal is also called Nachi Ogi Festival.
Venue: Kumano Nachi Shrine
Access: 30 mins by bus from Kii Katsuura Station
PurposeFestivals,thrilling,parade,spiritual places,world heritage,nature,Japanese resort,mysterious lands of Japan,shrine/temple,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Kii-Katsuura sta. (about 6.6km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.010 months ago
Beautiful shrine area. Walking up here was worth every step. There are some benches to sit and the view is excellent. The temple itself is in great condition and there are some shops around. An incense burner completes the mystical atmosphere.
4.05 months ago
There were too many stairs that my dogs got exhausted lol Definitely better go there when it’s cold. You will still get sweat tho.
5.0a year ago
What a wonderful temple place!!!
Absolutely worth every single step uphill, and the travel with local trains from Osaka to be compensated with a unique temple complex of the 3-legged-raven.
Yes, GOT-fans ... a raven with 3 legs, not with 3 eyes :-)
As in most places try to be here early. Even though the shrines and temples open up around 9:00, you will have chances to explore the complex and take some good photos for memories, without the risk of being photo-bombed.
4.0a year ago
Kind of hard to get here but ultimately it is something that needs to be seen when you're in Wakayama. I would suggest coming a little earlier if at all possible as you will avoid the crowds and your pictures will turn out better if you're into that sort of thing. On top of the mountain there are three temples or shrines you can walk to. Most people who drove to this place will park their cars on the bottom and pay about 500 yen then walk up the side of the mountain to reach the shrine. For the lazier folks, there is actually a gate that you can pay 800 yen and have direct car access to the parking lot at the top.
4.09 months ago
So many stairs! But beautiful.. just wish they didnt turn it into a gift shop.