Hiwatari Matsuri火渡り祭

Summary

The stage is set at Hiwatari Matsuri at Tanukidanisan Fudō-in.

The hot ash is raked at Hiwatari Matsuri at Tanukidanisan Fudō-in.

Tanukidani-san Fudō-in is a temple that eschews the more traditional Buddhist sect system in favor of the ascetic nature worship of Shugendō. A practice that combines various Buddhist, Shinto, and Taoist beliefs, Shugendō can be translated as "the way to spiritual power through discipline".

One of the rituals associated both with Shugendō and Fudō Myō'ō worship is the Hiwatari Matsuri, or Fire Walking Festival. In this ceremony, goma (wooden prayer sticks) are assembled into a pyre to be ritualistically burned, and the still flaming ashes and remnants are then raked flat. 

Yamabushi chant the sutra at Hiwatari Matsuri at Tanukidanisan Fudō-in.

Shugenja (Shugendō followers) lead the way by walking barefoot across the hot ground before helping the public do the same. This fascinating ritual is not only interesting for its religious components, but is also a challenge for anyone who would like to participate themselves. Can you handle the heat?

A popular charm to purchase at this festival is one that is said to ward your home from being damaged by fire.

Things to See/Do

  • Buddhist Service

  • Purification

  • Charm

  • Fire Ritual

Schedule

July 28th, 19:00

Access

Tanukidani-san Fudō-in

Address

〒606-8156 京都府京都市 左京区一乗寺松原町6

TEL 075-722-0025
FAX 075-722-9516
WEB http://www.tanukidani.com/

Admission

  • General Admission: ¥500

Hours

  • General Admission: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Closed: No closing days

Transportation