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Onbashira

Around Lake Suwa (4 places)_Suwa Taisha, Suwa 393-0000, Nagano Prefecture
+81 266-58-1123
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An experience you shouldn't miss!

We were so lucky that our trip coincided with the Onbashira festival, which is held once every six... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2016
TOH_TB
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Singapore, Singapore
My sacred place to go first

Here is my home of soul. This is main shrine of 25,000 Suwa shrines all over Japan. This shrine... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2015
apingface
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The Onbashira festival is held only once every six years, to metaphorically revitalise the Suwa shrines. The historic and lengthy event has been performed for over 1,200 years in Japan, and consists of two month-long components. The Yamadashi takes place in April, during which four very large tree trunks are felled by hand axes in the cemetery of a shinto shrine. They are wrapped and adorned in red and white, and then dragged by teams of men towards the Shinto shrines, who test their courage during the trial by performing "kiotoshi": dangerously riding the logs downhill on rough inclines. In May, the Satokibi see these logs used as symbolic support structures. They are raised in the shrines by hand, while one man straddles the top, singing. When it is fully raised, and the man is on top, balanced many feet in the air, success is declared. A remarkable spectacle.
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5 Dec 2016
“An experience you shouldn't miss!”
1 Jul 2015
“My sacred place to go first”
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Around Lake Suwa (4 places)_Suwa Taisha, Suwa 393-0000, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

We were so lucky that our trip coincided with the Onbashira festival, which is held once every six years! So the next one should be in the year 2022. This festival has been around for more than 1200 years! It involves moving huge logs with...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Here is my home of soul. This is main shrine of 25,000 Suwa shrines all over Japan. This shrine is also famous for "Onbashira festival" one of craziest fes in Japan held every 7 years. You'll see traditional shrine bult long time ago. Also you...More

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