Mount Takao Hiwatari-sai

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Mount Takao Hiwatari-sai

Held every year in March, the Hiwatari-sai or Fire Walking Festival at Mount Takao sees barefooted monks walk through a smouldering fire chanting prayers, making for a spectacular (and much-photographed) sight. Visitors can also try strolling in these masters' footsteps, but only after most of the fire has been put out – remember to play it safe. Note that the festival takes place at the foot of the mountain, not on top of it: you'll find the venue along the Koshu-kaido near Takaosanguchi Station.

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