Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

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Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

The Purification Ceremony Festival of Katsuragake Shrine is held on the second Saturday of each December.

In this festival, men - especially those of so-called “critical year” ages (yakudoshi) in the Buddhist tradition - bathe in the pristine waters of the Nagara River from the right bank of the Chusetsu Bridge to purify themselves and offer up prayers for personal achievement.

The purification ceremony is performed 3 times from: (1) 3:00 p.m. (2) 7:00 p.m. and (3) 10:00 p.m.


Date The second Saturday in December
Time 1:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Location Katuragake Shrine (47 Ikenoue machi 3 chome, Gifu-City)
* Purification ceremony venue: 500 meters downstream from the Nagara River right bank and Chusetsu-bashi bridge
Access Take Gifu bus C34-C36, C38, C39 from JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station (20 minutes) 210yen One way.
Get off at "Ikenoue". Walk 5 minutes.
Parking Not available
Purification Ceremony Hosan-kai
TEL 058-232-8770


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