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The following calendar lists the annual Buddhist service ceremonies. Click the ‘Details’ for further information.
January
1st - 3rd
Okuno-in Shusho-e (Buddhist service praying for a rich harvest in the new year and the world peace and tranquility.) (from 9:00 a.m.)
Okuno-in
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
Kondo Shusho-e (from 9:00 a.m.)
Kondo
5th
Daito Shusho-e (from 9:00 a.m.)
Daito
February
3rd
Daito Setsubun Kito-e (Prayer service performed on the day of Setsubun) (from 1:00 p.m.)
Daito
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
14th - 15th
Joraku-e or Nehan-e (Memorial service for the Buddha’s Nirvana) (from 14th 10:00 p.m. to 15th 11:00 a.m.)
Kongobuji
March
2nd Sunday
Koya Fire Festival (Spring ceremony for the opening of the climbing season at Mt. Koya, and the Buddhist rite of cedar-stick burning. (from 12:30 p.m.)
A square in front of Kongobuji
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
20th - 22nd
Spring Kondo Higan-e(Buddhist service performed during the equinoctial week.)(from 1:00 p.m.)
Kondo
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
21st
Sho-Mie-ku (Memorial service performed by putting up the image of Kobo Daishi Kukai). (from 9:00 a.m.) (The date of Kukai’s Nirvana according to the solar calendar.)
Okuno-in
April
21st
Okuno-in Manto Kuyo Memorial Service (from9:00 a.m.)
Okuno-in
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
8th
Bussho-e (Celebration of the anniversary of Buddha’s birthday) (from 9:00 a.m.)
Kongobuji
19th
20th of the lunar calendar
Kyu-Sho-Mie-ku-Otaiya (Memorial service performed on the eve of the Kukai’s Nirvana) (from 7:00 p.m.)
Danjo-Garan
20th
21st of the lunar calendar
Okuno-in Kyu-Sho-Mie-ku (from 9:00 a.m.) (The date of Kukai’s Nirvana according to the lunar calendar.)
Okuno-in Torodo
Miedo Kyu-Sho-Mie-ku (from 1:00 p.m.) (The date of Kukai’s Nirvana according to the lunar calendar.)
Miedo at Danjo-Garan
May
3rd - 5th
Spring Kechien Kanjo Ceremony of Teigi-Taizo-kai(from 8:30 a.m.)
Kongobuji
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
June
14th
Eve of the Cerebration of the Birth of Kobodaishi (from 6:30 p.m.)
Floats are brought out, and street stalls are kept in front of Kongobuji Temple.
A square in front of Kongobuji
Young Entrepreneurs Group of Koya Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry
15th
Aoba Matsuri (Festival of Kobodaishi's birthday) Memorial service is performed at Daishi Kyokai at 9:00 a.m., and a portable shrine Hanamido proceeds at noon.
Details⇒
Daishi Kyokai/
At Koya town street
Koyasan Hosan-kai
 

Aoba Matsuri (Festival of Kobodaishi's birthday)



This festival is a cerebration of the birth of Kukai (Kobo Daishi). On the 15th day of June every year, a Buddhist memorial service is performed in the morning, and in the afternoon a portable shrine, Hanamido, which is decorated with flowers and enshrines a newborn Buddha statue, leads the procession in singing the Daishi-ondo, and goes all the way up to the Daishi Kyokai building from in front of the Ichino-hashi bridge, which is the entrance to the front approach of Okuno-in.


July
25th - 29th
Koyasan children's baseball Tournament
Koyasan Sports Ground etc.

 

Koyasan Children's Baseball Tounament



This tournament has been held since 1996 in Koyasan, and is operated as the Kinki Area Tournament through inviting boys baseball teams from around the Kinki district. In 1997, the tournament was held on a grand scale with 50 teams in the were Japan etc. In 1998, 50 teams including the previous year’s winner as well as the teams from the Kinki, Shikoku, Chugoku, Kyushu and Wakayama, participated in a 5 day competition for the pennant.


August
13th
Rousoku Matsuri (Candle Festival)
Koyasan’s Manto Memorial Service (Candle Festival) Ichino-hashi Approach at 7:00 p.m., and Torodo Temple at 8:00 p.m.
Details⇒
Ichinohashi to Okuno-in Torodo, Gobyo

 

Rousoku Matsuri (Candle Festival)



This ceremony is generally called ‘Rousoku Matsuri’Candle Festival. On the 13th day of August, from 7 o’clock in the evening, people walk up to Torodo Temple in Okuno-in for the consolation of the departed souls of their ancestors. They place candles to illuminate both sides of the two kilometer approach, beginning at a place in front of the Ichino-hashi bridge, the entrance to the front approach of Okuno-in. The memorial service itself is held from 8 o’clock in the evening at Torodo Temple.


September

Autumn Kondo Higan-e (Buddhist service performed during the equinoctial week.)(from 1:00 p.m.)
Kondo
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
October
1st - 3rd
Autumn Kechien Kanjo Ceremony of Teigi-Kongo-kai (from 8:30 a.m.)
Daishi Kyokai
Hoe Section, Kongobuji Temple
Okuno-in Manto Memorial Service (from 7:00 p.m.)
Okuno-in
16th
Myojin Shrine Autumn Festival (A portable shrine demonstrates in front of Myojin Shrine.) (from 1:00 p.m.)
Garan Myojin Shrine
Koyasan Hosan-kai
November

VETRO MONTAGNA Koyasan
Details⇒
A square in front of Kongobuji Temple and No.2 Parking Lot
VETRO MONTAGNA Executive Committees
 

VETRO MONTAGNA Koyasan (Classic Car Event)



On the second Saturday and Sunday of November every year, world famous classic cars are gathered here in Koyasan. The classic car exhibition as well as driving demonstrations and other such events are held at the best time to view the autumn foliage.

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