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Kyoto: Okera-mairi

Traditional year-end Festival. The climax of this festival comes when a large number of worshippers visit the shrine around midnight to bring home the sacred fire with rope kindled there with which they cook the first meal of the year. This custom is believed to help ward off illness in the coming year.

Schedule & Key events:
7 p.m.-5 a.m.

Location: Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

(1) From JR Kyoto Sta., take municipal bus No. 206 to Gion Bus Stop (15 min.) (2) Keihan Honsen Line to Gion Shijo Sta., and then walk 5 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.