Mt. Takao Hiwatari Festival

8th Mar, 2020 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Photo by stan chow used under CC

You can see and even participate in fire walking at the Mt Takao Hiwatari Festival near Takaosan Yakuouin Temple on the second Sunday in March from 1pm. The sacred act of walking on hot coals and embers is regarded as an act of cleansing and purification which as well as being good for cold feet also apparently promotes plenty of good stuff including world peace, longevity and health, prevention of disaster and protection from road accidents.  There are still some risks though – of two friends that tried it a few years back—one got across unscathed while the other got burnt feet!

The festivities are a short walk from Takaosanguchi Station on the Keio Takao Line that is easily accessible from Shinjuku.

Dates: 8th Mar, 2020
Start/End Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Mount Takao
Entry: Free
Closest station(s): Takaosanguchi
Area: Hachioji
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