Tejikara Fire Festival, Summer

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Tejikara Fire Festival, Summer

Tejikara Fire Festival, Summer

The annual festival of Tejikara shrine held on the 2nd Saturday in April is relocated to the Nagara River bank and held once again every August.
Watching from the bank of the Nagara River against the dramatic backdrop of Mt.Kinka is the prime location for viewing.

For the main event, under cascades of firework sparks, men wearing only loincloths bear gunpowder-loaded mikoshi portable shrines on their shoulders. Once the gunpowder stashed in the shrines is ignited by the fireworks sparks, it shoots long streams of fire high into the sky. Meantime, the men dance wildly, sounding bells and setting off firecrackers. This is a dynamic celebration of sound and fire!

“Crack fireworks”, a type of skyrocket exploded on the ground, are another spectacle unique to the summer event - they can't be seen in the spring version of the festival.

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The scene of the festival

  • Gohei Andon (lantern poles)
    Gohei Andon
    (lantern poles)
  • The mikoshi portable shrine
    The mikoshi portable shrine, which seems to dance wildly under the fireworks cascade.
    The gunpowder in the mikoshi portable shrine is ignited by fireworks sparks
  • Arm-held firework tubes
    Arm-held firework tubes

INFORMATION

Date Second Sunday of August
Time 6:30 p.m.-9:10 p.m.
Location The north side of Nagara Bridge ; Nagara-gawa Park
Access

Take one of the following buses at JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station to “Ukai-ya”. (takes 20 min., 200 yen/one way.)

  • Gifu Bus “N80 Bound for Takatomi”
  • Other Gifu Bus numbered “N32” to “N86” bound for Gifu Park /Takatomi direction
  • “City Loop-line” Counterclockwise direction
Get off and walk 3 minute.
Parking Not available
Contact
Gifu City Tourism Convention Division
TEL 058-265-4141

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Tourist Information in Gifu City:
Feel free to contact the Gifu City Tourist Information Office when you visit Gifu City.