New Year’s Day at Hase-dera Temple


Located in the mountains to the south of the central Nara area, Hase-dera is a huge but quiet temple.

Many temples conduct special ceremonies or rituals typically during the first seven days of January to celebrate the coming of the New Year and pray for peace of the world. Hase-dera is not an exception.

Temple gate decorated according to the tradition of Japan


Stairs to the Main Hall


New Year’s ritual using fire


Flower-petal-shaped cards given to visitors during the ritual


Winter peonies — the cover made of straw is designed to protect flowers from snow.

Photos taken on January 1, 2020.

Address: 731-1 Hase, Sakurai, Nara

Official website (English)

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