Drive away evil with the power of sacred fire!
The Okera-mairi at Yasaka-jinja Shrine is a famous way to greet the new year. From the night of December 31st to the early hours of January 1st, sacred bonfire flames can be transferred to a wick of bamboo rope and taken home. So the grounds are filled with people walking around swinging their wicks so that the flame does not go out. This sacred flame is held to have the power to expel evil. Visitors can buy these wicks at the shrine. But please note that you will not be able to take burning wicks on board trains.
|Address||625 Gion-machi North Side, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto|
|Access||5 minutes walk from Gion-shijo Station|
|Event||Okera Fire Conferral: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 5:00 a.m. on Jan. 15 minutes walk from Gion-shijo Station|