The Hakkai-san Firewalking Festival takes place in two different locations in spring and autumn each year. The autumn festival is held at Hakkaisanson Temple on a huge festival ground at the foot of Mount Hakkai. After prayers and a ceremony the ground is purified with salt and the pyre is set alight. It burns down to to hot coals and then celebrants walk across to earn blessings for the year ahead. It is an impressive festival in a gorgeous location in the mountains.