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Nishio-City Hirahara-no-Taki Waterfall Opening (Hirahara-no-Taki Biraki)

Date : 07/01/2018


  • Hirahara-no-Taki Waterfall Opening (Hirahara-no-Taki Biraki)

A place for purification frequented by devotees since over a thousand years ago

The Hirahara Waterfall is long known for its purifying properties and believed to have been discovered some 1,100 years ago by Ennin, or Jikaku-Daishi, a famous Buddhist priest. He stumbled upon the waterfall and decided to enshrine the Buddha of Medicine and Healing, making it a place of healing and purification.

The waterfall is located near the Mt. Chausuyama in Nishio-City (not to be mistaken with the Mt. Chausuyama of Toyone Village). It is believed that drinking of these waters will prolong life and being bathed by them will cure diseases and ward off bad luck. As it is kept interdicted during the colder months, a ceremony is held every year on early July for the year’s season opening. At the ceremony, the “Unlucky Men” (Yakudoshi-no-Dansei) of the respective year, all dressed in ceremonial garments, gather and proceed in doing the "misogi" cold-water ablution (also called "mizugori"), bathing under the pouring natural waters. Usually there's also distribution of watermelon and “tokoroten”, a type of noodle made with the“kanten”agar jelly.
The place has a vibrant surrounding nature and the waters are really refreshing and inviting for all kinds of guests, spiritually oriented or not, being a great spot also for hiking or trekking.

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : July 1st (Sunday), 2018
*: Event to be held even under rain.
Holding time : From 11:00 AM
Place : Hirahara-no-Taki Waterfall
Location : 〒445-0032
Maeyama, Hirahara-cho, Nishio-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Phone number : 0563-56-2111 (Nishio-City Tourism Association)

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    1-From Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Nagoya Line bound for Chiryu/Toyohashi, at Shin-Anjo Station change trains to the Meitetsu Nishio Line;
    2-Alight at Nishio Station (Nagoya-Nishio approx. 60min, 790 yen).
    3-From the Bus Platform No. 3, take the Meitetsu Tobukotsu Bus Nishio-Higashiokazaki Line (西尾・東岡崎線 Nishio-Higashiokazaki-sen) and get off at Komaba (駒場) (12min ride - 300 yen).
    4-Walk 50min (2.9km) southeastwards crossing Etake-cho and Hirahara-cho districts, and following Route 383.

    *: Moving solely by train, bus and walking (from Nagoya):
    On July 1st, 2018, please make sure to get the Meitetsu Nagoya Line train departing 8:03 AM from Meitetsu Nagoya Station (arrives 8:28 AM in Shin-Anjo, change trains to Nishio Line departing 8:37 AM, which arrives 9:00 AM in Nishio). Take the 9:14 AM bus, which arrives 9:26 AM in Komaba. Walk 50min to arrive at the event venue around 10:16 AM.

    (reference:
    http://meitetsu-toubukoutsu.com/wpbus/wp-content/uploads/kyuujitunisio-higasiokazaki.pdf
    http://meitetsu-toubukoutsu.com/bus/)
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 8min (1.8km) southwestwards from Kota-Sumi I.C. (Sumi I.C.) of the Route 23 Okazaki Bypass via Route 383.

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