Mitarashi-sai御手洗祭

Summary

Ladies wear yukata summer kimono at Mitarashi Festival

On the hottest day of the year, Shimogamo Shrine holds the Mitarashi Festival on their grounds, centered at the Mitarai-sha subsidiary shrine.  

Participants pay ¥200 to receive a small candle and wade into the water, passing under a small arched bridge and proceeding towards the sub-shrine.  Because it comes from an underground spring, the water is clear and cold despite the summer heat.  After placing the candle and saying prayers participants receive a cup of the spring water (bottled pre-wading, of course) to drink.  

Those interested can then purchase special omamori or foot-shaped ema.  It’s said that wading through these waters during the festival guarantees your health for the year, particularly for your legs!

Things to See/Do

  • Food Stalls

  • Shinto Ritual

  • Charm

Schedule

2019 Schedule

July 19th – 28th, 5:30 – 22:00

Access

Shimogamo Jinja

Address

〒606-0807 京都府京都市 左京区下鴨泉川町59

TEL 075-781-0010
FAX 075-781-4722
WEB http://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/english/

Admission

  • General Admission: Free

Hours

  • General Admission: 06:30 – 17:00 (may change depending on the season)
  • Closed: No closing days

Transportation

  • By Keihan Main Line Train ⇒ Demachiyanagi Station ⇒ 10 minutes walking
  • City Bus Route 4 ⇒ Shimogamo Jinja-mae Bus Stop