Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine’s “Oniyo” (Fire Festival)

Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine’s “Oniyo” is a “tsuina” (a ceremony to drive away evil spirits) fire festival. It has been a tradition of the shrine for about 1,600 years and is also one of Japan’s Three Major Fire Festivals! At 9pm on the seventh day that a “devil fire” has been guarded at the temple, it is transferred to six enormous torches measuring one meter in diameter and 15 meters (49 feet) in length. These torches are then carried around the shrine grounds by a crowd of men in loincloths and burn up in the dark. Onlookers are said to be blessed with good luck if some of the embers or ash from the torches falls on them!

*About the Festival: Government-Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset
*The festival takes place even in foul weather.

This event has finished.
Date January 07, 2021 – January 07, 2021
Address 830-0073 Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine, 1463-1 Miyamoto, Daizeinji Town, Kurume City, Fukuoka
Contact Tel:0942-27-1887 
Tamataregu Shrine Office
Parking Available; 300 vehicles
Access By train: A 5 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Daizenji” Station
By car: 15 minutes from the Hirokawa Interchange off the Kyushu Expressway
Times Available 1pm – 11:30pm on January 7 (Lighting of torches takes place at around 9pm)
Area Chikugo Area
Genre Festival (Festivals and Events) Traditional Event (Festivals and Events)

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