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

Date : 07/02/2017


  • 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.

Hirahara-no-Taki Waterfalls Opening 2017 Schedule
11:00 AM - Ceremony
11:30 AM - Tape Cut
11:40 AM - Cold-Water Ablutions
12:00 PM - "Kagami-wari" (the breaking open of a ceremonial sake barrel by knocking the top lid)

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : July 2nd (Sunday), 2017
*: 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.
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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Nagoya Line bound for Chiryu/Toyohashi, at Shin-Anjo Station change trains to the Meitetsu Nishio Line and alight at Nishio Station (Nagoya-Nishio approx. 60min, 790 yen). Take the Meitetsu Bus Route 91 Okazaki-Nishio Line Via Muroba (91系統 岡崎・西尾線 室場経由 Okazaki Nishio sen Muroba Keiyu) and get off at Komaba (駒場) (Nishio Station-Komaba approx. 12min, 300 yen). Walk 40min (2.8km) southeastwards following Route 383.
    *: In case of moving solely by train, bus and walking, please make sure to get the Meitetsu Nagoya Line train departing 8:03 AM on July 2nd at Meitetsu Nagoya Station (arrives 8:28 in Shin-Anjo, enabling to get the 8:37 AM train to Nishio that arrives 9:00 AM), then take the 9:14 AM 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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