Fire Festival. A big bonfire shaped like a shrine pavilion prepared in advance on the ground is set afire to pray for the expulsion of evil spirits and reproductive prosperity. This is the region's largest festival of its kind 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.