Introduction of The Festival

Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri Nara pref

Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri no Shinji Geinou


This is an annual celebration held by Wakamiya shrine, which is the subordinate shrine of Kasuga Taisha shrine. It is said that this festival was begun in 1136 at the end of the Heian Period by Fujiwara Tadamichi to pray for a bountiful harvest. In the wee hours of December 17, the divine spirits of Wakamiya are transferred to Otabisho (a temporary sanctuary), near the first torii gate.

Parade・For a good harvest
Kasuganocho, Nara City Kasugataisha
Date(s) of Matsuri
December 15 -18
The last stop on Kasuga Taisha Honden bus route, which can be reached from Nara Station on the JR or Kintetsu Line. (Eight minutes bus ride)
Conservation Group
Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri Hozonkai
Important intangible folk cultural assets designated by the National Government