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 "C55 River Side Mall" or “C36 Morera Gifu” from JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station (20 minutes) 200yen One way.|
Get off at "Ikenoue". Walk 5 minutes.
! For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
[Official Homepage of the Event]