August 7, 2017

Candle Festival2017
(Okunoin Mando Kuyo-e)

August 13th  at  OKUNOIN

On August 13th, Candle Festival (Okunoin Mandokuyo-E) is held in Koyasan every year. The period from August 13th to 15th is called “Obon”. It is a Japanese custom to honor the spirits of our ancestors, which are supposed to return to their earthly homes. In order to entertain such spirits, many events are held throughout Japan. Here in Koyasan, tens of thousands of candles are placed on both sides of the long approach leading up to Kobo Daishi’s Mausoleum tonight. We hope you will enjoy this fascinating event with us.

1.      Smoking is strictly prohibited in the holy site of OKUNOIN including the path to Kobo Daishi’s Mausoleum.
2.      No lavatories are along the approach ahead. Please use the lavatories near the entrance of OKUNOIN before you start walking.
3.      The last bus bound for Koyasan Station leaves BUS STOP 14 Okunoin-mae at 9:10pm. It connects to the last cable car leaving Koyasan Station at 9:40pm. It is the last access to Namba Osaka.


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