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Yudate-Shishimai Lion Dance at Sengokuhara

Hakone Area Half day 7

A shrine with a yudate (Shinto ritual in which the priest sprinkles water) tradition passed down from 1714 (An’ei 5). Although there are many yudate rituals throughout Japan, ones carried out by lions are rare. You can pray for health, safety, and rich harvest. The lion stirs the hot water with the fruit of kuma bamboo grass. Then, worshippers are sprinkled with hot water to be cleansed of evil spirits. “Yudate Lion Dance” is a National and Prefectural (Kanagawa) Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property. On March 27th, there will be the festival of Suwa Shrine at Sengokuhara, the festival of Kintoki Shrine on May 5th, and festival of Suwa Shrine in Miyagino Ward on July 15th.

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Sengokuhara Choanji

Hakone 30m

Sengokuhara Choanji Temple is a popular spot for its autumn foliage and its 500 Arhat statues. It is also a Soto Zen temple with many flowers that is one of the...

Yudate Lion Dance (Sengokuhara)

Hakone 45m

Yudate Kagura is a traditional event was handed down in 1776. While the Shinto ritual of yudate exists throughout Japan, it is not so common for it be carried out...

Sengokuhara Susuki Grass Fields

Hakone 1h

The Sengokuhara Silver Grass Plains is prided as one of the best in the Kanto Region. Stretching until the vicinity of the southern foot of Mount Kintoki and the...

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