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Mibu-dera Temple Manto Kuyo-e

壬生寺 万灯供養会
Area Central
Category Festival

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The Manto Kuyo-e(event of offering many votive lights to Buddha at Mibu-dera Temple) occurs from 8/9 to 8/16 during the Bon Festival. During this time, over 1,000 hanging lanterns are set up on the grounds to welcome spirits (spirits of ancestors), and to send them on their way on the final day. On the first day of the 9th and on the last day of the 16th, the 'Rokusai Nenbutsu Odori' is performed on a stage constructed in front of the main temple building. The 'Rokusai Nenbutsu Odori' is a form of local entertainment circulated in the area and is designated as an important intangible folk cultural property of the country. Over the period of about an hour and a half, there is a show of dancing and musical performances of distinctive instruments. There are also acrobatic performances of the lion dance as well, so it's worth seeing. Mibu-dera Temple starts at sunset, but it's more beautiful after it turns dark, so it's recommended to arrive around 20:00.

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Everyone's having fun. You can also see yukata-clad women and local children.

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It's a spectacle to see the lanterns in regularly lined up rows. Isn't the light floating in the twilight magical?

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The Bon Festival taking place on the grounds. It might also be fun to participate.

Address 31 Mibunaginomiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8821, Japan
京都府京都市中京区壬生梛ノ宮町31
Tel 075-841-3381
Open 8:50a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Admission free
■Mibuzuka(a burial mound of Shinsengumi members) - 100yen
■historical museum - 200yen
Access 3 minute walk from City Bus Stop Mibuderamichi 10 minute walk from Hankyu Omiya Station 12 minute walk from JR Tanba-guchi Station
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