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
July 19th – 28th, 5:30 – 22:00
〒606-0807 京都府京都市 左京区下鴨泉川町59
- General Admission: Free
- General Admission: 06:30 – 17:00 (may change depending on the season)
- Closed: No closing days