A wintertime fantasy; gentle candlelight reflected off of ancient white walls

The Santera Mairi, or "Three Temples Pilgrimage," is an over 300 year old event that happens on the night of January 15 every year, where participants make pilgrimage to three Buddhist temples in Hida Furukawa (Enkō-ji, Shinshū-ji and Honkō-ji) to pay their respects.

Known since long ago as a spot where couples are born, young people from across the country visit Hida Furukawa during the Santera Mairi looking for help with their love lives.

Kimono rentals are available, allowing guests to dress up for their pilgrimage (reservation required; please contact the Hida City Tourism Association).

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Basic Information


January 15th every year


・Monzen-ichi (festival plaza): from 12:00pm
・One Thousand Candles (along the Seto River): from 4:00pm
・Lighting of the ice sculpture candles (main streets of the town): from 4:00pm


Downtown Hida Furukawa


Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu


5 minute walk from Hida Furukawa Station on the JR Takayama Line.

Telephone Number 0577-74-1192
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<Kimono Rentals>
Location: Hida no Takumi Bunkakan Crafts Museum
Reception: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM (rental kimono must be returned by 9:00 PM)
Fee: 2000 yen per day (we help you put it on for free!)
To make a reservation: Hida City Tourism Association