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Motsu-ji Temple Hatsukayasai Festival

毛越寺 二十日夜祭(平泉町)

From January 14 to 20, a festival called the Matarajin Festival is held at Motsuji Jogyodo Hall to pray for health, prosperity, a rich harvest, etc. The final day is especially called the Hatsukayasai ( Night of the 20th ) Festival. The festival begins at 3 in the afternoon with various ceremonies, and at around 7:30 in the evening, a parade begins from the station. Men wearing loincloths carry large torches, and men and women of “unlucky ages*” parade to the Jogyodo Hall. The leftover torches are said to bring good luck if you take them home.

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Inquiries
Tourist Information Ichinoseki Tourist Information 0191-23-2350 Hiraizumi Tourist Information 0191-46-2110
Access 1
Loop Bus from JR Hiraizumi Station Hiraizumi Loop Bus "Run-Run" Get on at Hiraizumi Station Boarding Area 1 Get off at Motsuji About 3 min. 0191-23-4250 ( Iwateken Kotsu ) http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/transport/index.html ( in 4 languages )  
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On Foot 7 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
Access 3
Taxi About 3 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
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Bicycle Rental Swallow Tour 9:00-17:00 ( May-October ) ; 9:00-16:00 ( November-April ) 70 bicycles available 0191-46-5086 Bicycle Rental "Kaze" 9:00-17:00 47 bicycles available 090-4041-5736
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Car About 10 min. from Hiraizumi-Maesawa IC

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