Ceremony of lighted lanterns. About 1,200 decorative lanterns hung in the corridor of the main hall are lighted up to console the ancestors' souls.
The ceremony features Rokusai Nenbutsu-odori (a traditional folk dancing to the tune of a Buddhist chant, drums and flutes music) which is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.
Schedule & Key events:
● daily sunset-9 p.m. Lanterns light up
● Aug. 9 from 8 p.m.: Rokusai Nenbutsu-odori in front of the main hall
● Aug. 16 from 8:30 p.m.: Rokusai Nenbutsu-odori in front of the main hall
Location: Mibu-dera Temple, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
From JR Kyoto Sta., take municipal bus No. 26 or 28 to Mibudera-michi Bus Stop, and then walk 3 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.