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Toji-sai at Issan ShrineIssan Jinja (一山神社) is a Shinto shrine which is located 12 minutes northwest of JR Saikyo Line Yonohonmachi Station by foot.
On the winter solstice, which is called Touji, a fire-walking ritual called the Touji-sai (冬至祭) is practiced at this shrine.

Touji-sai at Issan Shrine

On the winter solstice, which is usually December 21st or 22nd depending on the year, a fire-walking ritual is practiced at Issan Jinja. A modest ceremony is held inside the shrine building from 2pm, and the fire walking ritual starts from 30 to 40 minutes after that.

Toji-sai at Issan Shrine
Toji-sai at Issan Shrine
Toji-sai at Issan Shrine
Toji-sai at Issan Shrine
People recieving yuzu after the ritual
Toji-sai at Issan Shrine

The yuzu is a citrus fruit which is very sour and used like a lemon in the Japanese cuisine. It is said that if you take a bath floating yuzu on the winter solstice, you do not catch cold.

Issan Jinja
4-10-14 Honmachi-higashi, Chuo-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Pref. MAP
Access: 12-min walk from JR Saikyo Line Yonohoncho Sta.