Click to jump to the text.

Get Adobe Flash player

Get Adobe Flash player

JAPAN

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

日本語 English
繁體中文 簡体中文
한국어  

JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER

Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

Usage Guide

Copyright

日本語 English 繁體中文 簡体中文 한국어

  1. Home
  2. Attractions
  3. Festivals & Events
  4. Traditional Annual Events

Text starts here.

Attractions

Omizutori(Water-Drawing Festival)

This event goes back 1,000 years. Buddhist priests draw up healing waters and run about with huge pine torches.

Date: March 1st-14th
Place: Todai-ji Temple
City: Zoshi-cho, Nara City

Priests at Todai-ji Temple, famous for its enormous statue of Buddha, confess their sins before the Eleven-faced Kannon enshrined in Nigatsu-do Hall, and also pray for world peace and a rich harvest for 14 consecutive days. This ritual, called Shuni-e, has continued since 752.

During this period, an event known as Otaimatsu is really worth seeing. Priests run to and fro along the corridors of Nigatsu-do waving huge pine torches. It is believed that if you are showered with these fire sparks, you will be protected from evil things.

The Omizutori, the highlight of this event, is performed early on the morning of the 13th. Water which only springs forth in front of the temple building on this very day is drawn up and offered to the Buddhist deities. This water is said to have special powers for curing all disease.

This spring water is believed to reach Todai-ji after passing underground for more than 10 days from Obama City, Fukui Prefecture. Even today, the Omizuokuri ceremony is performed on March 2nd at Jingu-ji Temple in Fukui Prefecture to see off the departure of the divine water.

Water that has been drawn up is poured into a pot the following day, and to this pot they add water taken from a different pot which has been continuously replenished for over 1,200 years - the resulting mixture being preserved anew.

Directions

5 minutes' walk from Daibutsuden Kasuga-Taisha-mae bus stop.Daibutsuden Kasuga-Taisha-mae bus stop is on the Shinai-Junkan Bus route from JR Kintetsu Nara Station.

 

Related Information

 

Festivals & Events

Traditional Annual Events

Traditional Annual Events