Cultural Assets-Festivals

Hachidai-ryuo/Katsuragi Myojin Spring Festival at Tokaku-ji Temple

Along with Omine-ji Temple and Myoo-ji Temple, Tokaku-ji Temple is one of three ancient Shugendo temples in Hashimoto. The temple is believed to have originated with the enshrinement of a stone statue of Yakushi Nyorai carved by En no Gyoja while he was undergoing ascetic training in the mountains of Katsuragi. Yakushi Nyorai is a Buddhist deity also known as the Medicine Buddha. The image has inspired strong belief among local residents for its ability to ward off eye diseases and paralysis. At the Spring Festival, an annual event held from the end of April to early May to honor Katsuragi Myojin and Hachidai-ryuo, the god of water, pieces of burning wood are dedicated to Fudo Myo-o in a Saito-daigoma ritual. Fudo Myo-o is a wrathful Buddhist deity believed to be an incarnation or messenger of Dainichi Nyorai, the Supreme Buddha. Visitors can view the ritual.


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89 Sudacho Yamauchi, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama Prefecture


10 min. drive from Hashimoto IC on Keinawa Expressway