Nachi Fire Festival in Japan
Nachi Fire Festival in Japan is held on July 14. Nachi-no-Ogi Matsuri. This event in the second decade of the month July is annual. Help us
Nachi Fire Festival is one of the three largest fire festivals in Japan. It is the annual returning to the waterfall of Hiro – jinja Shrine from Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine. It is a Shinto ritual in which participants carry large flaming torches down the path from the shrine to a sacred waterfall. The path is used to lead the shrine's 12 deities down to the waterfall, and the ritual is carried out to purify the route.
This is a festival known as “Fire Festival of Nachi”, which was designated as an important intangible folk cultural property of the country in 2005.
The Kii Peninsula is full of place to see: the tuna market of Katsuura, and hot springs. These attractions earned the peninsula the 5th spot worldwide in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
Bon Festival in Japan on July 13 (celebrated until July 16 in western Japan);
Bon Festival on July 15 (Kantō region, Japan);
Marine Day or Ocean Day or Sea Day in Japan on July 17 (is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July);
Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, Japan on July 17 (祇園祭 is one of the most famous festivals. It lasts all of July and ends with the Yamaboko Junkō parade on July 17 and 24. Initially, it was dedicated to fighting the plague in 869);
Letter Writing Day in Japan on July 23 (The Letter Writing Day can be a bit confusing... as we found on numerous sites that this 'holiday' falls on 7th of December, then again on the official World Letter Writing Day page the date is 1st of September, and Japan issues LWD stamps each year, for over two decades now, on 23rd of July. In any case, its a nice way of reminding people of the existence of letters);
Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka, Japan on July 25 (colorful festival)