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Oniyo Fire Festival

One of Japan's most important fire festivals

Venue: Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine When: Early Jan 2025

With a history of over 1600 years, the Oniyo Fire Festival in Fukuoka's Kurume City is held on the 7th of January each year. It's regarded as one of Japan's top three fire festivals, and has also been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

The big (quite literally) drawcard of the festival are six massive bamboo torches with a length of around 13 meters and a weight of 1.2 tons. They're carried around Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine, scattering sparks as they're paraded.

Photo: Kurume City PR Office

It's said that those who light the torches will be blessed with good health, and the festival sees the shrine packed with visitors praying for the safety of their families, the prevention of natural disasters, and good fortune.

The festival runs from around 13:00 to 23:30, with the large torch lighting taking place around 21:00.

Getting there

Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine is located just under 10 minutes on foot from Daizenji Station, which is served by the Tenjin Ōmuta Line.

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