Fire Festival. A big bonfire shaped like a shrine pavilion prepared in advance on the ground is set afire praying for driving away the evil spirits and prosperity of babies plenty. This is the largest festival of this kind in this region and is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.
Schedule & Key events:
7 p.m.-10 p.m.
(from 8:30 p.m.: Big bonfire is set afire)
Location: Babanohara, Nozawa Onsen-mura, Nagano
JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Iiyama Sta. From there, take bus to Nozawa Onsen Bus Stop (25 min.)
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.