Enjoy soaking legs on Mitarashi River! Cheerful summer festival in the World Heritage
Located in the north of Kyoto, Shimogamo Shrine is registered as a World Heritage and lots of Shinto rituals and festivals are often held.
Mitarashi Festival is held every year on the midsummer day of the ox (around the late July) which is regarded as a turn of a season in Japan. The main event is to soak your legs on the river called Mitarashi River in Shimogamo Shrine to pray for good health. This festival was first taken place by nobles in Heian Period (around 794-1185) to purify the sins and uncleanness by purification ceremony. Then this ceremony was passed down to the common folks and became what it is now in Shimogamo Shrine. You will surely enjoy this festival as cold water in Mitarashi River makes you feel refreshed! On this day, there are many vendors on the way to Shimogamo Shrine called “Tadasuno mori Forest”. Please enjoy the tasty food in the forest!
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