Fondly known as "Godairiki-san" by locals, the Godairikison Nin-o Ceremony takes place annually on February 23rd. The ceremony is held to pray to the Five Buddhist Kings of Wisdom (like the fierce deity Fudo Myo-o) for peace for Japan and happiness for its citizens. On this day alone, a Buddhist priest will award a "miei" charm with a week-long prayer for prevention of calamity or theft. A mochi offering ceremony will be performed in front of the Kondo Hall, in which only the strongest participants will claim the glory of being able to heft this large mochi (rice cake). Women will compete to lift a 90 kg piece of mochi, and men will compete to lift an enormous 150 kg piece of mochi, dedicating their strength in the ceremony to pray for health and soundness of body.
February 23 (Sun, national holiday), 2020
Subway Tozai Line to Daigo Station and walk approx. 10 minutes
Free entry to temple grounds
Ceremonial "mochi-age" participation requires a fee of 2,000 yen/person
*Reception 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.