Things to do / Traditional festivals

Nara: Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Festival designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. It features Owatari, a long procession of priests, warriors clad in armor, people in costumes of local traditional arts and of the Heian period (12th century) and the like. Many more events are held on the main streets of the city and at the shrine during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● Dec. 17
noon-2:30 p.m. Owatari from Prefectural Office to Otabisho (portable shrine resting place)
2:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Kagura, Bugaku (ancient court dance with music) and various local performing arts at the shrine

Location: Kasuga Wakamiya-jinja Shrine,, Nara, Nara

JR Nara Line to Nara Sta. or Kintetsu Nara Line to Kintetsu Nara Sta. From there, take Nara Kotsu bus to Kasuga Taisha Honden Bus Stop (15 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.