O-bon is observed during the month of August.
Every household welcomes back its ancestors’ departed souls to this world during this period, which is usually from August 13 through 15. And light a lantern to meet an ancestors’ souls.
In Otani Mausoleum, on the nights of Obon festival (a Festival of the Dead or Buddhist All Soul’s Day) (August 14-16) every year, the ‘Higashi Otani Mantoe Festival’ is held.
More than 10,000 light of lanterns is very fantastic. It becomes one of the highlights of the summer in Kyoto.
- About Otani Mausoleum
- Higashi Otani Mantoe Festival
- How to get to Otani Mausoleum
- Hotel search & reservation around Otani Mausoleum
- Other Mantoe festivals of Kyoto
Ôtani-honbyô (lit. “Ôtani Main Temple/Mausoleum”) is one of two sites in Kyoto said to hold (some of) the cremated remains of Shinran(1173–1262), founder of the Jôdo Shinshû sect of Buddhism; the other is called Ôtani-sobyô (大谷祖廟, “Ôtani Ancestor Temple/Mausoleum”). Ôtani-honbyô is also commonly known as Nishi-Ôtani.
This festival is the 55th in 2,016 years. This is a very historical festival.
Date：August 14 ~16
More than 10,000 lanterns light up the grave during the period of Obon.
Nearest station of Otani Mausoleum is “Keihan Gion Shijo Station”.
■When you take a taxi
From Kyoto Station：1,650 yen ~ 1,920 yen (about 10 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station：610 yen ~ 720 yen (about 50 minutes)
[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.
A lot of Mantoe festivals is held in Kyoto in the time of Obon.
■Daigo-ji Temple “Manto Kuyo-e”（August 5）
■Sanzenin Temple in Ohara “Manto-e”（August 14~15）
■Mibu-dera Temple “Manto Kuyo-e”（August 9~16）
■Kurumazaki-jinja Shrine”Manto-sai”（August 14~16）
■Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple”Manto-e”（August 8~10）
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