Motsuji Jogyodo Hatsukayasai 毛越寺常行堂二十日夜祭 Iwate (Jan.)
Motsuji Jogyodo Hatsukayasai is held at the Hiraizumi World Heritage site Motsuji Jogyodo as part of the New Year prayers. It is a combination of the night festival which takes place on the twentieth of the first month which marks the end of the New Year prayer period, and a ritual to drive away evil spirits at the beginning of the year. Festivities extend deep into the night with Jogyo Zanmaiku and other temple rituals, the Jogyoko event where a torchlight procession goes to Jogyodo and prayers are made, such as for good health and the well-being of the family, and the religious entertainment that is the Ennen dance. The Ennen dance is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Motsuji, Osawa-aza, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate
Approx. 700 meters (approx. 10 min. walk) from JR Hiraizumi station.
Take a Hiraizumi Loop "Roon-roon" Bus from Hiraizumi station and after approx. 3 mins alight at Motsuji-Chushajo bus stop. Approx. 3 min. walk.
Approx. 10 min. from the Hiraizumi-Maesawa interchange of the Tohoku Expressway.