• Hot Spring Water Sprinkling Festival

Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival

The “Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival” is a festival in which five mikoshi (portable shrines) parade the onsen streets for two kilometers. They start at Fudo Waterfall in the Fujiki River, continue past the upper stream of the Chitose River (that flows along the border between Kanagawa Prefecture and Atami City), and travel all the way to Izumi Park, being doused with onsen water every step of the way. One of the portable shrines is carried by a group of geigi (geishas), and ahead of it is one mikoshi carried by women participating in the Women’s Mikoshi Experience Tour. The remaining three mikoshis are from local mikoshi societies.
Barrels full of onsen water (1,000 barrels, about 60 tons of water total) are placed alongside the roads, inviting spectators to vigorously splash the passing mikoshis.
In the square in front of Yugawara Tourist Hall, which is the main venue, and Izumi Park, the portable shrines parade to lively songs, and hot spring water is flung about on an even more grand and boisterous scale, creating quite an energetic and powerful spectacle.

The origin of the Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival
This festival has its roots in a legend that, because of the powerful effects of Yugawara’s onsen water, it was packed in barrels and presented to feudal lords’ families and imperial villas during the Edo era.
In those days, before the departure of the mikoshi for presenting the onsen water to the aristocracy, there was a ritual in which it was purified by splashing hot water over it and praying for a safe journey. This ritual has been reproduced in the form of the Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival, with people along the route being asked to toss hot spring water at the passing portable shrines with feelings of gratitude.
At the same time as the Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival, the “Chopsticks Festival,” in which thousands of chopsticks are burned, is also held as an old Shinto ritual to pray for sound health and bountiful harvests.

Date May 22h, 2021
Date Saturday, May 22th, 2021
Running hours Mikoshi parade: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Chopsticks Festival Lighting Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. (the square in front of the Yugawara Tourism Hall)
Mikoshi parade route Fudo Waterfall (departure at 7:00 p.m.) - Yugawara Tourism Hall (past 8::00 p.m.) - Izumi Park (arrival at around 9:00 p.m.)
Inquiries Yugawara Onsen Tourism Association Phone:0465-64-1234
Transportation Take the bus for Oku-yugawara or Fudo-taki from Yugawara Station (about an 8-minute bus ride). Get off at Mitsuke-cho and walk for one minute.
Inquiries Yugawara Onsen Tourism Association Phone:0465-64-1234
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Info on bus transit times during the Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival

 Destination  Due to the mikoshi parade, there will be changes in the bus operation schedule of the following buses. We ask for your understanding and cooperation.
 Yugawara Station →
Fudo taki or Oku yugawara
 ◎The 18:18 bus for Oku yugawara and earlier ones will be operating normally.
◎From 18:33 – 21:15, buses will shuttle back and forth between Yugawara Station and Risokyo.
◎The 21:33 bus (for Fudo taki) and later ones will be operating normally.
◎The operation of the 21:48 bus for Fudo taki will be extended to include Oku yugawara.
Oku yugawara or Fudo taki →
Yugawara Station
 ◎The 18:28 bus (leaving Oku yugawara) and earlier ones will be operating normally.
◎The 18:43 – 20:30 buses leaving Oku yugawara will be out of service.
(The 18:46 – 20:52 buses leaving Fudo taki will be out of service.)
◎The 21:15 bus (leaving Oku yugawara) will have a time adjustment at Fudo taki.
◎The 21:40 bus (leaving Fudo taki) and later ones will be operating normally.

Parking is extremely limited, therefore, it is recommended that visitors utilize public transportation.

COME JOIN US for Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival Mikoshi Experience Tour!

We are currently recruiting participants for the Women’s Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival Mikoshi (Portable Shrine) Experience Tour, in the hope that many women will carry the mikoshi during the Hot Spring Water Sprinkling Festival and create pleasant memories.
This tour, in which participants’ sweat from carrying the mikoshi in a lively way is washed away while enjoying an onsen bath together, in a relaxed and leisurely environment, cumulates in an overnight stay. This event is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, and has enjoyed great popularity every time.
Even if you have never carried a mikoshi, don’t worry! Members of the local mikoshi societies will show you how. The Women’s Hot Spring Water Splashing Festival Mikoshi Experience Tour is unique to Yugawara and cannot be found in any other onsen resorts. We look forward to your participation.

Date  Saturday, May 23th, 2020    *This is an overnight tour.
“Due to concerns over the spread of Coronavirus, we regretfully announce the cancellation of [Event].”
Schedule  May 23th (Sat.)
3:00 p.m.: explanatory meeting, training for carrying a mikoshi
4:00 p.m.: check in at the inn
5:00 p.m.: dinner
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: joining in the mikoshi parade
May 234h (Sun.): breakfast at the inn, check out
Recruiting requirement  We accept women only groups of two or more.
※Men’s applications are not accepted.
 Charges  Overnight stay with 2 meals: 10,000 JPY and up / person
(Participation costs & lodging charges included, as well as, the present of the Hot Sprong Water Sprinkling Festival’s original hanten short coat)
The number to be accepted  Up to 100 persons on a first come, first serve basis
 Inquiries and application  Documents with details about the event can be requested by phone or FAX and will be sent out between late March and early April. Please make reservations using the form for inquiries and other documents.
Yugawara Onsen Tourism Association