Omizutori Festival in Nara
This event goes back 1,000 years. Buddhist priests draw up healing waters and run about with huge pine torches.
Priests at Todai-ji Temple, famous for its enormous statue of Buddha, confess their sins before the Eleven-faced Kannon enshrined in Nigatsu-do Hall, and also pray for world peace and a rich harvest for 14 consecutive days. This ritual, called Shuni-e, has continued since 752.
During this period, an event known as Otaimatsu is really worth seeing. Priests run to and fro along the corridors of Nigatsu-do waving huge pine torches. It is believed that if you are showered with these fire sparks, you will be protected from evil things.
Omizutori is an annual Buddhist festival in Nara that welcomes Spring with a number of rituals and ceremonies that span the first two weeks of March.
[Walk] 5 minutes’ walk from Daibutsuden Kasuga-Taisha-mae bus stop.Daibutsuden Kasuga-Taisha-mae bus stop is on the Shinai-Junkan Bus route from JR Kintetsu Nara Station.
March 1st – 14th
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Zoshi-cho, Nara City