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May. 2016

Kinomoto Jizo Ennichi Festival

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An "Ennichi" is a day thought to have links to a specific deity, and the Kinomoto Jizoin Temple Jizo Ennichi is held from August 22 to 25 every year.
This is one of the largest scale Jizo Ennichi festivals in Japan, and is famous across the entire country.
The streets of the town are packed with more than 170 stalls, all crammed together as they seek to catch the eye of visitors to the temple, and strolling and browsing among them is another way to enjoy the Ennichi.
In the temple itself there stands a massive 7m tall Jizo statue, inspiring awe in all visitors.
One of the three great Jizo of Japan, it was demanded to be handed over to be melted down during the Second World War, but was successful defended by the monks.

【Date】Generally August 22 - 25 9:00 - 22:00 (17:00 - 22:00 on 22)
【Address】Kinomoto, Kinomoto-cho, Nagahama City, Shiga
【Access】5 min. on foot from JR Kinomoto Station