Late
Feb

Katsuyama Sagicho Matsuri

Free

To pray for a good harvest in the new year, local artists perform traditional skills along with music and drumming whilst being carried around the city of Katsuyama  on 12 high wooden stages. On the banks of the Kuzuryu river, new years ornaments and decorations will be burned in a Dondo-yaki ceremony. The traditional fire festival has been held on the last Saturday and Sunday of February for the last 300 years and draws great crowds. There are various activities throughout the day, but the final fire-lighting begins at 8.30pm – 9pm. Maps for photography spots have been provided here as well as detailed travel information.

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