The spring festival at the Hongu Taisha (April 13th to 15th) gets absolutely everyone in Hongu Town—from the young to the old—to participate to keep traditions alive. First a ceremony takes place at Hongu Taisha, one of the Three Kumano Grand Shrines, where a procession is forming. Then the procession makes its way to Oyunohara, a sandbank in the Kumano River and one of Kumano’s most holy sites. There a another ceremony is performed to honor the Kumano Deities and the tradition of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage. Participants wear period costumes making for an authentic experience much to the enjoyment of visitors who join the locals in their festivities.
Yamabushi perform a fire ceremony at the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival in April each year