Oda Lantern Festival / Fire festival in Teramura

Oda Lantern Festival / Fire festival in Teramura

Colorful fireworks are lighting up the summer night sky above the 3 huge Japanese characters of "Mountain God" written in fire. / Fire festival in Teramura

Summer festival for memorial services to the ancestors in relation to the legend of fugitives of the Heike clan. The parade through the shopping mall with oxcarts, log-style floats with Taiko drums, painted lantern floats and dance troupes etc., will tell the coming of summer. Over 1000 beautifully illuminated lanterns floating on the Oda River is a spectacular sight. The chanting of the memorial service by Seijoji Temple priests resounds in the mountain village and leaves a deep impression of nostalgia.The Seijoji temple has the legend of Princes Toki and the plum tree. She was the fifth daughter of Taira-no-Kiyomori (head of the Heike clan who once ruled Japan in 12th century). After the defeat of the war, she escaped to this land but died of disease soon. The villagers built a tomb at the site and held a memorial service. At this time, plum trees that they planted together grew up, and were named "Hachibo plum tree" from the fact that several plums were always formed together.

Town parade with beautiful picture lanterns / Oda Lantern Festival
Town parade with beautiful picture lanterns / Oda Lantern Festival
This beautiful tradition of worshipping the gods continues till today since Edo era
This beautiful tradition of worshipping the gods continues till today since Edo era
Colorful fireworks are lighting up the summer night sky above the 3 huge Japanese characters of "Mountain God" written in fire. / Fire festival in Teramura
Colorful fireworks are lighting up the summer night sky above the 3 huge Japanese characters of "Mountain God" written in fire. / Fire festival in Teramura

Information

Oda Lantern Festival
DateLast Saturday in July 18:00 to 22:00 in case of rain on the next day
Entry feeFree
Access30 min by car from JR Uchiko Station
30 min by car from Uchiko-Ikazaki IC.
PlaceOda, Uchiko-cho Oda Chuo Shopping street
ContactTown office, Oda branch TEL +81-892-52-3111
ParkingParking Available / in several places for ca. 200 cars - free of charge
Fire festival in Teramura
DateAug. 5 every year
18:00 to 22:00 in case of rain on the next day
Entry feeFree
Access30 min by car from JR Uchiko Station
30 min by car from Uchiko Ikazaki IC.
PlaceTeramura, Uchiko-cho Teramura shopping area
ContactUchiko Town Office Oda BranchTEL:+81-892-52-3111
ParkingParking Available / in several places for ca. 550 cars - free of charge