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[Gozan no Okuribi]

Chinese characters and shapes of fire float in the summer sky

"Gozan no Okuribi" is a summer tradition in which five Chinese characters and shapes are drawn in flame on mountains around the Kyoto Basin and float in the night sky. It is also a traditional event which holds significance as a religious ritual for giving a good send off to ancestors returning to the world of the dead after their visit to the world of the living during Obon. "Daimonji" is lit at 8 o'clock in the evening, followed in order five minutes apart by "Myoho", "Funagata", "Hidari-Daimonji" and "Toriigata". The fires to send off the ancestors light up the night sky as if lamenting the passing of summer.
Date August 16th, 2016
* The Gozan no Okuribi is scheduled to be held every year on August 16th.
Time Daimonji at 8:00 p.m., Matsugasaki Myo-ho at 8:05 p.m., Funagata Mantoro at 8:10 p.m., Hidari-daimonji at 8:15 p.m., Toriigata Taimatsu at 8:20 p.m.
 
Locations Daimonji: Mt. Daimonji (Nyoigatake, Mt. Higashi), Jodoji Nanamawari-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Matsugasaki Myoho: (Mt. Mantoro) Matsugasaki Nishiyama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
           (Mt. Daikokuten) Matsugasaki Higashiyama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Funagata Mantoro: (Mt. Nishigamofune) Nishigamo Funeyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Hidari-daimonji: (Mt. Hidari-daimonji) Okitayama Kagamiishi-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Toriigata Taimatsu: (Mt. Mandara, Saga Toriimoto) Saga Toriimoto Ikkahyo-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone Kyoto City Tourism Association
+81-75-213-1717 (Japanese only)
Access For viewing spots within Kyoto City, first go to "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
* Please see the Kyoto City Tourism Association's website for details.
URL Kyoto City Tourism Association
https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/okuribi/index.html

updated on Sep 30, 2016

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