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.
The scene of the festival
|Date||Second Sunday of August|
|Time||6:30 p.m.-9:10 p.m.|
|Location||The north side of Nagara Bridge ; Nagara-gawa Park|
Take one of the following buses at JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station to "Ukai-ya". (takes 20 min., 220 yen/one way.)
Get off and walk 3 minute.