Walking Over Fire Ceremony
April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm| Free
“Hi-watari-shiki” Walking Over Fire Ceremony take place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15.
The ceremony begins at 1pm with a purification offering to the alter, and chanting of Buddhist sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air which the worshippers struggle to retrieve. Lastly, while mountain priests blow their conch shells the arrangement of cypress branches is ignited. After the fire burns down and only red coals remain, the head Buddhist monk, followed by the mountain monks and worshippers, walk barefoot across the coals chanting a prayer for good health and fortune.
Source: Miyajima Tourist Association