Religious lesson of story-telling. One of the biggest events of the temple.
The ritual of renge-e, in which parishioners on the boats pick up lotus flowers and donate them to each temple. The ritual of kaeru-tobi, in which the frog pantomimes the story of the impious local man who was transformed into a frog and then transformed back to a human being thanks to the Buddhist Sutra cited by a pious priest.
Schedule & Key events:
from 10 a.m.: Ritual of renge-e
from 12:30 p.m.: A man wearing a frog costume on a float is carried to Zao-do Temple
from 3:30 p.m.: Ritual of Kaeru-tobi at Zao-do Temple
Location: Zao-do Temple, Yoshino-cho, Nara
(1) JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Kyoto Sta. From there, take Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Kashihara Jingu-mae Station, and change to Kintetsu Yoshino Line to Yoshino Station; (2) JR Nara Line to Nara Station. From there, take Kintetsu Nara Line to Yamato-Saidaiji Station, and change to Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Kashihara Jingu-mae Station, and change to Kintetsu Yoshino Line to Yoshino Station. From Yoshino Sta., take ropeway to Sanjo Station (3 min.), and then walk 10 min.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.