Oto Matsuri Festival(Oto Matsuri)


On the mountain appears a "flaming waterfall" or a "descending dragon."

Oto Matsuri Festival is held at Kamikura-jinja Shrine – an auxiliary shrine of Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine – every year on the night of February 6. The festival has been designated as one of the “Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan.” A scene in this festival where many men clad in white race down the stone steps from top of the mountain brandishing blazing torches truly resembles a “flaming waterfall” or a “descending dragon,” as described in Shingu City’s folk song.


Shingu, Shingu City
Season / Time zone
Winter(February 6) / Night
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy
Frequency of appearance
Once a year


30 minutes’ walk from JR Shingu Station


Recommended spot

Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine > JR Nachi Station