This is a festival held in thanks of the bounty of hot springs in the Hirayu-Onsen area.
The legend of the white monkey, which has been told in Hirayu since olden times, is reenacted with a samurai procession.
A samurai procession of around 50 people –including a Shinto priest, representations of generals and Ashigaru troops carrying spears and firearms, and a lion dance and sacred Kagura music and dancing performed by the young folk of Hirayu– sets out from the Hirayu shrine and parades around the Hirayu-Onsen area.
This nighttime procession is a rare spectacle even for Okuhida-Onsengo.
After the procession, prayer sticks with people’s wishes written on them are burned on the grounds of the Hirayu shrine and water brought from each of the hot springs is boiled in a giant pot.
The priest sprinkles the hot water over the crowd of pilgrims and prays for their good health and prosperity in business.
- Period : 15th May. (Fixed each year)
- Event hours :
- Ema-ichi(Ema-Market) : 13:00-
- Yubana Festival, Musha Parade : 19:45-
- Yubana Festival : 20:00-
* Canceled in the event of rain.
* Times may change.
- Venue : Hirayu Shrine in Hirayu-Onsen
( Okuhidaonsengo Hirayu, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-1433, Japan )