Cultural in Kōya-san

Rōsoku Matsuri

This captivating festival is held in remembrance of departed souls. Thousands of people come to light some 100,000 candles along the approaches to Oku-no-in.

Cultural in Nachi-Katsuura

Nachi-no-Ōgi Matsuri

Mikoshi (portable shrines) are brought down from Kumano Nachi Taisha on the mountain to the waterfall Nachi-no-taki, where they're met by groups bearing dramatic, flaming torches (believed to have a purifying...

Cultural in Kōya-san

Aoba Matsuri

Held to celebrate the birth of Kōbō Daishi. Various traditional ceremonies are performed at the temples around town.