Nachi no Ogi Matsuri (Nachi Fire Festival: 那智の火祭り), Wakayama
Held each year at Kumano Nachi Taisha, the Nachi no Ogi Matsuri is one of Japan’s three big fire festivals and has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
The shrine is located adjacent to the 133-meter-high Nachi Falls, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deities enshrined at Kumano Nachi Taisha are carried down the stone steps that lead to Nachi Falls on portable shrines, followed by devotees dressed in white and carrying flaming torches.
Nachi no Ogi Matsuri
Event date: July 14 2019