Dating back over 1,600 years, the ‘oniyo’ fire festival (‘oni’ means ‘demon’ in Japanese), is not only listed as one of Japan’s Important Intangible Ethnic Cultural Assets, but is also considered one of the three biggest festivals in the whole country.
Held each year on the seventh day of the New Year’s celebrations, this impressive Shinto ritual attracts a great number of visitors.
It is said that good health will befall anyone who comes into contact with embers from the flames from the six immense torches, carried throughout the fire ritual.
【Date and time】7th January 2018 13:00 - 23:30 (approx.)
The large torches are lit at about 9pm
【fee】free（a limited number of reserved standing areas is available, for 2,000JPY each）
【location】〒830-0073 Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine, 1463-1 Miyamoto, Daizenji-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka
‘Oniyo’ video (website):