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Nachi Fire Festival (Nachi Fan Festival)
This festival is held every year by the Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine. It is considered one of the three largest fire festivals of Japan, and its official name is "The Fan Festival" or "The Fan Memorial Service." A giant pine torch weighing over 50 kg is lit on fire and used to purify the path to the shrine. The end of the event is an especially powerful scene to watch when the fan portable shrine is reaches the base of the waterfall.
1 Nachisan, Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro, Wakayama
July 14th 10:00 am -
It gets extremely crowded at the climax of the event, when the god descends to the base of the waterfall. It is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm but it is better to arrive a little early and wait along the path in front of the waterfall.
From JR "Katsuura Station," take the Kumano bus bound for "Nachisan," and get off at "Nachi no Taki-mae"
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