Asuka’s Niimasu Shrine attracts many spectators on the first Sunday of February for its Onda Festival. This rice planting ceremony begins with prayers to the Shinto deities for a bountiful harvest and culminates with a vivid sex scene enacted by a goblin and a human woman—both roles played by men. Niimasu Shrine is also associated with fertility and many couples visit to pray for safe childbirth and healthy children. The shrine is known for its many rocks naturally formed in the likeness of male and female genitalia. The festival has grown popular over the years and attracts many people drawn to this shrine that has been in the same family for more than 27 generations—more than one thousand years.
Last update: 2017-06-14
- Venue Details & Access Info
Asuka Niimasu Shrine
708 Asuka, Asuka, Takaichi (Asuka Niimasu Shrine)
From Kintetsu Kashiharajingu Station:
- Take the bus bound for Okadera and alight at the Asuka Daibutsumae stop.
Related Venues Asuka Niimasu Shrine
- おんだ祭 Onda Festival
- address 高市郡明日香村飛鳥708（飛鳥坐神社） 708 Asuka, Asuka, Takaichi (Asuka Niimasu Shrine)
- Opening Time & Admissions
1st Sun of Feb
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