Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri, a Traditional Event of Nara Since Over 800 Years Ago!

Traditional Event

The Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri is held at Wakamiya Shrine, an auxiliary site of Kasuga Grand Shrine. It is a grand festival, held to pray for bountiful crops and comfortable lives. Presently the event begins in July, and the main ritual is held from December 15th through 18th.

In 1135, due to heavy rainfall and flooding, famines and epidemics ravaged the area. To relieve the people of the area, the emperor at the time’s chief advisor, Notadamichi Fujiwara, authorized the building of a temporary shrine on a similar scale to the main shrine. This became Wakamiya Shrine. After asking for help from the gods, in the following year (1136), the first festival to greet and pay respects to the spirits of Wakamiya Shrine was held: the first “On-Matsuri.”
The On-Matsuri has been held every year without fail for over 880 years now.

Highlights

  • The On-Matsuri has been held every year without fail for over 880 years now.

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    World Heritage Site – Kasuga Grand Shrine

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    Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Details

Name in Japanese
世界遺産 春日大社 - 春日若宮おん祭
Postal Code
630-8212
Address
160 Kasugano-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Event Period
December 15th 2020 through December 18th
Location
Wakamiya Shrine, within the area of Kasuga Grand Shrine
Telephone number
0742-22-7788
Access
From the JR Nara Station, take the Kasuga Grand Shrine Main Site bus line, and get off at the stop for Kasuga Grand Shrine Main Hall
※During the festival, events vary from day to day. The main event is on December 17th. Please see official site for details.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)