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Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

February 6, 2021

Japan's oldest fire festivalOto Matsuri Festival

Recreating the time the gods descended to earth here, in this ritual of the Kamikura-jinja Shrine (Shingu City, Wakayama Pref.) each household is gifted the fire of the gods. Two thousand men known as “noboriko” or “climbers” don white costumes tied with straw rope and carry torches lit with the sacred fire down 538 steep steps.

【Event details】
https://www.shinguu.jp/en/
【Information for visiting the World Heritage site】

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Tracing Japanese History via World Heritage Sites

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain RangeSacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

Tracing Japanese History via World Heritage Sites

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