Famous Sites and Festivals 名所とイベント

    • [2018年2月28日]
    • ID:627


    Shūon-an (Ikkyūji Temple) and Takigi Noh 酬恩庵(一休寺)と薪能

    Shūon-an (Ikkyūji Temple) was rebuilt in the 15th century by one of the most famous Buddhist priests in Japanese history, Ikkyū. A treasure trove of cultural heritage, it attracts many visitors.

    With a main hall building from the Edo Period, wooden statue of a seated Ikkyū from the Muromachi Period (both designated national cultural assets) as well as a beautiful dry landscape garden on the temple grounds, there is plenty to see!

    The temple is also known for staging the Takigi Noh. Performed every autumn on the night of a full moon, it transports its viewers to a mystical world.




    Ōmido Kannonji Temple and Nigatsudō Takeokuri 大御堂観音寺と二月堂竹送り

    Built in the Asuka Period, Kannonji Temple was until the Muromachi Period one of many buildings that made up a large Buddhist temple. It is famous for its cherry blossom and nanohana (rape blossom) in the spring and autumnal leaves in the fall.

    Here you can see an 11-faced figure of Kannon made with wood-core dry lacquer from the Nara Period, which is a designated national treasure. Representative of Buddhist sculpture in the Nara Period, this work with its realistic style and gentle face is impressive to many viewers.

    The Takeokuri (Bamboo-Sending Festival) which occurs every year in February also brings many people to the area. The bamboo itself is for the “Omizutori” (Water Ceremony) held by Shunie of Todaiji Nigestudo in Nara. The bamboo will be delievered from Kyotanabe City to Nara City as the main activity of the event. 




    Juhōji Temple 寿宝寺

    Built in the Asuka Period, this temple was originally one of many buildings that made up a large Buddhist temple.

    Here you can see a sculpture of a wooden thousand-armed Kannon which is a designated cultural asset from the Heian Period. Carved from wood, many come to see the sculpture, as a figure with this many arms is rare in Japan.



    Shuchi Shrine 朱智神社

    Tucked away deep in the mountains, this shrine is said to be the former shrine of the god of the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto.

    The brightly decorated main hall building was built originally in the Edo Period and is recognised as one of Kyoto prefecture’s registered cultural assets. Although it is not open to public, inside the temple is another official cultural asset of Kyoto prefecture, a wooden statue of Gozu Tennō (Buddhist deity with the head of a cow). This statue is representative tracing back to the Heian Period, and is famous in Japan for its angry expression.



    Hōsenji Temple 法泉寺

    This temple was used for many years as a place where people prayed for rain and a good harvest. Here you can see a 13-level pagoda from the Kamakura Period which is a designated national cultural asset. Six metres high, it has proved to be a solid construction having endured many harsh winters.


    Ōsumi Kurumazuka Kōfun 大住車塚古墳

    The Ōsumi Kurumazuka Kōfun is tomb from the Kōfun Period and has been appointed as historical sites in Japan. This important cultural asset measures approximately 66 metres in length and is a “two conjoined rectangles” style tomb. 

    Opposite to the south is another tomb measures approximately 70 metres in length and is called the Ōsumi Minamizuka Kōfun. The view of the two tombs in similar sizes lying in the rice fields is very beautiful.  



    Mitsumanbo Aqueduct ミツマンボ

    Around Kyotanabe City there are many rivers that have been built higher up than ground level. The bridges of the canal system that let the river pass above railways and roads are called “manbo”. One of the most famous manbo is the impressive-looking “Mitsumambo”, located to the east of the Tanabe Elementary school.


    Grass-Ring Festival (Chinowa Kuguri) 茅の輪くぐり

    Although this festival is a not unique to Kyotanabe, unlike other shrines in Japan the Grass-Ring Festival in Miyanokuchi District takes place outside the shrine grounds. Every year in July, a ring measuring 1・6 metres in diameter is constructed out of bundled bamboo sticks and leaves and placed on road-side at the north-eastern edge of the district. It is believed that if you pass through the ring from the north side three times, you will be granted with perfect health to live on.

    茅の輪くぐりはどこの神社でも見られる伝統行事ですが、宮ノ口区の茅の輪くぐりは神社の敷地の外で行う珍しいものです。毎年7月に、笹の葉の付いた竹を束ねて直径約1・6m の輪を作り、宮ノ口区の東北の隅の道路に設置します。茅の輪を北側から3回くぐると、病気をせずに健康で過ごせるという願いがかなうとされています。

    Saga Shrine and Yamato Hyakumi To Yudate 佐牙神社と山本の百味と湯立

    The Saga Shrine has an ancient history. Re-built in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, its main hall is a designated national cultural asset.

    Every October the shrine’s festival “Yamato Hyakumi To Yudate” takes place in the temporary shrine located inside the Saga Shrine of Yamamoto District.

    When the portable shrine arrives in the Saga Shrine, the believers will provide “Haykumi” (100 tastes of mountain and sea produces) that they gathered for God. Then the believers will eat the foods as hands down. In the night, a ritual called “Yudate Kagura” is performed at the front garden of the temporary shrine.

    They boil hot water in a large pot and the shrine maidens will play hand bell and drums as they perform the ceremonial dance. Then they use bamboo leaf to scatter water on the spectators to conclude the ceremony in hoping for peace and good health.

    Many people come to see the bright and colourful display of the Hyakumi and dynamic Yudate ritual in Yamamoto, which are both invisible official folk cultural properties of Japan.






    Tsukiyomi Shrine and Ōsumi Hayato Mai 月読神社と大住隼人舞

    Every year on 14th October a dance ritual called the Ōsumi Hayato Mai is performed at the Tsukiyomi Shrine.

    Ōsumi Hayato Mai is a ritual that was brought by the Ōsumi Hayato people who moved to this area from southern Kyushu in the Asuka Period. A dance that was originally performed in front of the imperial court, the Ōsumi Hayato Mai has been taken up again in recent years and is now an official folk cultural property of Japan. The dance is performed today by school students (6 dances are performed by junior high school students, 1 dance is performed by elementary school students). Many people gather every year to see this event.



    Tanakurahiko Shrine and Zuiki Mikoshi 棚倉孫神社と瑞饋神輿

    The Tanakurahiko Shrine is famous for its main hall building was re-built during the Azuchi-Momoyama Period and is a designated cultural asset of Kyoto Prefecture.

    Every two years in October, to celebrate the Autumn harvest, vegetables and grains such as red zuiki (taro stems) for roof, green zuiki for torii (Shinto shrine gateway) others like pepper, red eggplant, chrysanthemums are used to decorate a portable shrine called a “Mikoshi” which is paraded around the area for the “Zuiki Mikoshi” ritual. The Zuiki Mikoshi is an official invisible folk cultural property of the city. On the day of the festival many people come to see the procession. 



    Sakaya Shrine 酒屋神社

    The Sakaya Shrine’s established date still remain unknown as of today, however, according to the shrine history, it is said that the Empress Consort Jingū left sake barrels here as an offering to the gods before departing on an expedition to the Korean peninsula.  

    Today many people visit the temple to worship the gods of sake.


    Sawai Family Residence 澤井家住宅

    The Sawai Family Residence was built in the Edo Period. It was home to the head priest and his family who served the imperial family. Today it is a designated national cultural asset.

    Different from other houses of that era, this sophisticated-looking residence was solidly constructed with thick pillars and beams going through the building.   


    Ino’oka Kōfun 飯岡古墳

    In the great Ino’oka hills to the west of Kizugawa lies tombs from the 4th-6th century such as the Ino’oka Kurumazuka Kōfun and the Yakushiyama Kōfun.

    The Ino’oka Kurumazuka Kōfun measuring 90 metres in length is the biggest tomb in the city area. It is a “key-hole” style kōfun (has one square-shaped and one circular end). Surrounded by beautiful tea fields, the site of the tomb is included in the Japan Heritage project, “A Walk through the 800-year History of Japanese Tea” as designated cultural asset.

    From the summit of the Yakushiyama Kōfun, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the whole city.






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