Matsuri no Ōiwa (Festival Rock)

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This granite monolith was formed 15.5 million years ago. Since time immemorial, New Year’s Day has found villagers purifying their bodies in the seawater, praying at this boulder, and then completing the short pilgrimage to the local Moriyama and Hidaka shrines.

When viewed against the backdrop of the green mountains, color harmony renders the exquisite white of the boulder’s surface even more beautiful. This, coupled with the boulder’s impressive size and local significance as a village protector, led Matsuri no Ōiwa to be listed by the Kagoshima Explorer’s Club (NPO) as a public heritage site.

Matsuri no Ōiwa



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