About the 2022 Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Festival
In consideration of the ongoing coronavirus situation, it has been decided that the Dosojin fire festival, on Saturday, January 15, 2022, will be carried out by the villagers alone. The members of the Nozawa-gumi (a local association) will play a central role, in order to pass on to future generations the traditional culture of the festival, which is designated as a intangible folk cultural asset of national importance.
There will be no restrictions on the “pulling of the sacred tree” on Thursday the 13th and the “assembling of the shrine building” on Friday the 14th, but we ask that you take your own precautions against infection.
Please note that admission will be restricted on Saturday, the 15th. (The general public will not be allowed to enter.)
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding.