Things heat up at the annual Yoshida Fire Festival close to Mount Fuji. It is one of the three "strangest" festivals in Japan and one of the ten biggest fire festivals. What happens? Just like the fireworks that mark the start of Mount Fuji's climbing season, this event is meant to symbolize the closing of the season. Taking place on August 26\u201327 each year, the event features giant, flaming torches and mikoshi (portable shrine) parades. Schedule On the first day (August 26) in the afternoon, there will be a mikoshi parade from 3 p.m. in the Kamiyoshida area. At dusk, the road to the temple will be lit with 70 three-meter-tall torches in the shape of bamboo shoots. On the second day (August 27), there will also be a mikoshi parade from 1:30 p.m. around Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine. Once it starts to get dark (before 8 p.m.), the festival reaches its peak. How to get there The festival mainly takes place around Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine. To get there, you can take a bus from Kawaguchiko Station (check how to get from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko). Or take a bus from Mt. Fuji Station (it's a 25-minute walk if you'd like to stretch your legs).