Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine’s “Oniyo” (Fire Festival)


Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine’s “Oniyo” is a “tsuina” (a ceremony to drive away evil spirits) fire festival. It has been a tradition of the shrine for about 1,600 years and is also one of Japan’s Three Major Fire Festivals! At 9pm on the seventh day that a “devil fire” has been guarded at the temple, it is transferred to six enormous torches measuring one meter in diameter and 15 meters (49 feet) in length. These torches are then carried around the shrine grounds by a crowd of men in loincloths and burn up in the dark. Onlookers are said to be blessed with good luck if some of the embers or ash from the torches falls on them!

*About the Festival: Government-Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset
*The festival takes place even in foul weather.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 830-0073 福岡県久留米市大善寺町宮本1463-1 大善寺玉垂宮
Address Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine, 1463-1 Miyamoto, Daizeinji Town, Kurume City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0942-27-1887(大善寺玉垂宮社務所)
Contact Tamataregu Shrine Office
Open 1pm - 11:30pm on January 7 (Lighting of torches takes place at around 9pm)
Car Park Available; 300 vehicles
Access By train: A 5 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Daizenji” Station
By car: 15 minutes from the Hirokawa Interchange off the Kyushu Expressway

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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