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Apr. 27, 2020 UPDATE

Gozan Okuribi

- 五山送り火 -
Traveler Friendly
It will be crowded as it is a popular event. We suggest that you search the best spots to enjoy the fire before the event day. It may be a bit hard to join Daimoku Dance as there are mainly local people attending for the dance.
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Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
PeriodAugust 16th
VenueThe entire Kyoto City
686 9 8.2 2 reviews
Apr. 27, 2020 UPDATE

Gozan Okuribi

- 五山送り火 -
Traveler Friendly
It will be crowded as it is a popular event. We suggest that you search the best spots to enjoy the fire before the event day. It may be a bit hard to join Daimoku Dance as there are mainly local people attending for the dance.
Information
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
686 9 8.2 2 reviews
PeriodAugust 16th
VenueThe entire Kyoto City
Story & Recommendation
Bonfires on the mountains illuminates Kyoto’s summer
You may be surprised that the mountain is burning by looking at this picture! This is called “Gozan Okuribi” which is one of the four main traditional events in Kyoto. “Okuribi” means “Sending fire” which is for sending the dead souls to the heaven. 5 kinds of figures and characters on the mountains located in west, north and east of Kyoto are emerged by the burning firewood. Gozan Okuribi is held in the season called Obon in Japan. Normally, July or August are regarded as Obon season. In Kyoto, Obon is in the middle of August for 4 days. It is believed that the ancestors will come back to this world and their families welcome them in their house. On the last day of Obon, the ancestors will go back to the world after death. Therefore, there is a custom that people have traditionally send them by the fire all around Japan. The characteristics of Okuribi in Kyoto is to depict some characters on a large scale on the mountains. There are 5 kinds of Okuribi (sending fire) and this is the most popular one called “Daimonji” in this picture. You may be able to write your wish on the trunk that will be burnt in the mountain (you may need to register for this at the foot of each mountain except "Myo" and "Hou"). Let’s make a wish with your friends and family!
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User Reviews
8.2 Excellent
experience8.0 access8.5 photogenic8.0
Andhika - Indonesia
Aug. 30, 2017
Well
Aug. 23, 2017
Details
Event time
8pm-9pm (Matsugasaki Daimoku & Sashi Dance are from 9 pm to 10 pm)
Cancellations
No postponement for rain
Price range
If you offer a trunk, it costs ¥300~
Credit cards
Not accepted
Our recommended spots to enjoy Gozan Okuribi Daimonji: Kamogawa Delta (5 minutes walk from Demachiyanagi Station by Keihan Line) Myo: Kitayama Street (Close to Kitayama Station and Matsugasaki Station Subway Karasuma Line) Hou: Takanogawa Embankment (Close to Ichijo-ji Station by Eizan Train) Hidari Daimonji: Nishiohji Street (Around Kinkakuji Temple) Funagata (Ship): Kitayama Street (Close to Kitayama Station by Subway Karasuma Line) Torii (Shrine Gate): River beach close to Togetsukyo Bridge (5 minutes walk from Arashiyama Station by Kyofuku Train and Hankyu Train)
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