What to See & Do

Tejikara Fire Festival

手力の火祭り(Tejikara no Hi-matsuri)

Men bearing portable shrines in a fierce shower of flames

Tejikara Fire Festival写真
Under a shower of fire that flows like a waterfall, groups of men naked from the waist up carry portable shrines loaded with gunpowder. Seeing a tornado of fire emerge from the portable shrines after the gunpowder within has been set ablaze is a sight like no other. The combination of the men’s wild dancing and the thunderous roar of bells and fire crackers make the Tejikara Fire Festival an unforgettable celebration of sound and fire.

The fabulous ceremonial ropes wrapped around the torii (shrine gates) for the festival every year are a sight to behold, coming in at roughly 12.5 meters long, 3 meters in diameters, and weighing roughly one ton.

The Tejikara Fire Festival happens twice a year, once on the second Saturday of April and then again on the second Sunday of August.
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Date Spring Festival: The second Saturday of April
Summer Festival: The second Sunday of August
Venue Spring Festival: Tejikara-o Shrine
Summer festival: Nagaragawa Park
Address / Map Kuramae 6-8-22, Gifu City, Gifu
Telephone Number 058-266-5588  (Gifu Tourism Convention Association)
Directions 5 minute walk from Tejikara Station on the Kakamigahara Line leaving from Meitetsu Gifu Station
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Notes No parking available