Jan/31 - Feb/1, 2020 Kokuseki-ji Temple Somin Festival

Sightseeing information about Jan/31 - Feb/1, 2020 Kokuseki-ji Temple Somin Festival in Japan.


Jan/31 - Feb/1, 2020 Kokuseki-ji Temple Somin Festival4.3

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Somin-sai Festival of Kokuseki-ji Temple, Iwate Prefecture, is a naked festival with more than 1000 years of history, and also known as one of the Three Strangest Festivals of Japan.
It is an ancient festival that prays for good health and a good harvest. Half-naked men who are divided into 2 groups cleanse themselves with cold water, light bonfires, and bravely compete to grab the sacred bags called “Somin bag”, inside Kokuseki-ji Temple. The Somin Bag is believed to bring good luck. The madness gets started at almost midnight and continues well past dawn.
Under the bitterly cold and snowy situation, the energies of half-naked men clash between each other!

Dates : January 31 - February 1, 2020
Hours : 10 p.m. - early morning
Venue : Kokuseki-ji Temple
Address : 17 Yamauchi, Kuroishi-cho, Mizusawa-ku, Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture
Access :
- about 20 mins by taxi from JR Mizusawa Station
- about 25 mins by taxi from JR Mizusawa-Esashi Station
- about 25 mins by car from Mizusawa IC of Tohoku Expressway
Admission : Free

PurposeFestivals,thrilling,spiritual places,Traditional folk,experience,health,brag,winter in Japan,men,shrine/temple,major
Airport/Sta.Mizusawa-Esashi Sta. (about 7km) Google Transit

Reviews

4.0a year ago

The Kokusekiji temple is home to the annual sominsai. A winter water purification ceremony. Hundreds of men walk around in nothing but loincloth and douse themselves in cold water to purifying themselves. The festivities last all night. It ends with the winner taking home a somin bukuro or lucky bag. The festival is held every year around February 10th

5.02 years ago

Beautifully carved wooden temple. So quiet. Lovely place to go and relax

5.07 months ago

蘇民祭に初めてお邪魔しました。
日付の変わる時間帯に盛り上がり始め、
朝日の上る頃に収まるので
柴登木の明かりや角燈の明かりが幻想的。
祭り自体がとても厳粛、勇壮、迫力あるものなので
見る価値は大いにあります。

4.07 months ago

奥州市水沢区黒石町にある天台宗の寺院です。山号は妙見山、御本尊は薬師如来。天平元年(729)行基菩薩の開山で、東光山薬師寺と称したが、延暦年間の蝦夷征伐の戦火にあい寺は焼失。大同2年(807)飛騨の工匠が方七間の薬師堂を再建し、嘉祥2年(849)に慈覚大師円仁が復興し妙見山黒石寺と改名しました。

5.02 months ago

ゆっくりと時間を感じられます🙏
蕎麦も上手いですよ😃
店の方も気さくで👍🤗