Santera Mairi


Furukawa-cho, Hida C., Gifu Pref.

photo by Yatsusankan

Santera Mairi (lit. visit three temples) is a famous anual function in Furukawa and lasted for more than 200 years.
The following day, January 16th, is the anniversary of Shinran Shonin's death, so
people visit three temples (Enko-ji, Shinshuu-ji and Honko-ji) all the night through to the memory of him.

During the Meiji and Taisho period, lots of needy girls from Hida area, who went to Shinshu (present Nagoano Pref.)
to work for the filatures, returned their home town in January in their holidays.
They dressed up and visited three temples or flowed down along the Seto River..
It was a good chance for men or their parents to find a girl friend or son's future wife.
Since then, this event has been had special meaning of chance of meeting for young women and men.

There are approximetery 1.000 candles along the Seto River or a row of old houses along the street.
You also find 40 to 50 special candles which are 2m (6.6ft) in height, 1m (3.3ft) in diameter and 500kg (1.100lb) in weight made of snow.

Takayama-shi Kikaku-ka TEL: 0577-32-3333


JP Tokai bus
Nagoya sta. to
Takayama Nohi
Bus center
one way ticket:

return ticket:

You can buy the ticket from 10:00a.m. one month and one day before on that day.
JR Tokai Bus-ryoko center (Nagoya sta.)
JR station, major travel agencies.
<Meitetsu Bus center: from one month before>

booking by telephone

JR tokai Bus Nagoya Ryoko Center (Nagoya sta.)
TEL:052-563-0489 (9:00-19:00)
office is opened 6:00-23:30
You can book a seat by 7:00p.m. one day before the day.
You have to get the ticket at least 30 minutes before the bus starts
at JR Tokai Bus Nagoya Ryoko Center (Nagoya Sta.)
JR bus time table

Jan. 2006

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