Yamayaki Fire Festival & Fireworks Display
Mt. Wakakusa Yamayaki and firework display is Nara’s traditional festival to herald the arrival of early spring. During the festival the grasses of the mountain are set alight, the night sky is ablaze with flames and you can experience the breathtaking scenery.
The fireworks display happens just before the Yamayaki fires, decorating the night sky with spectacular light and color.
Great Fireworks Display (18:15)
Nara proudly presents a fantastic fireworks display!
The fireworks display is the only event in Nara using ‘Shakudama’ fireworks, which have a diameter of over 30cm.
Enjoy the most beautiful fireworks by the pyrotechnicians of Nara.
* The fireworks display is held with the cooperation of supporter and sponsor companies.
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Yamayaki (18:30 Setting fire to mountain grasses, at various places simultaneously)
Because Mt. Wakakusa is surrounded by many World Heritages including Todaiji Temple, Kohfukuji Temple and Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest, the greatest possible care is required to avoid accidents such as spread of the fire.
In order to pass down this historic and traditional event, many people give helping hands.
In order to continue this historic and traditional event, many people provide their support.
A long time ago, a man named Yahee Kagiya was born into a community of woodworkers in Shinoharamura village in Nara (Otocho, present day Gojo City). Since childhood, he was good at making fireworks. After working at a powder plant in Gojo, he finally went to Edo (Tokyo) to open a small fireworks firm in the Nihonbashi area. These are the origins of Kagiya, a well-known fireworks firm that has been in business since 1659.
It is said that the origin of the famous Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival was a Water God Festival where 20 fireworks were set off to comfort the souls of the people who died in severe famine and epidemic in 1732, and to pray for the elimination of bad diseases. During this festival, Kagiya took charge of the Tatebi (Fireworks using blowpipes) and exhibition fireworks. Japanese fireworks are a beautiful symbol of Japanese spirit (Yamato-Damashii).
Places to visit
● Base of Mt. Wakakusa
● Ukigumo Park Area in Nara Park
From the position close to the base of Mt. Wakakusa, you can view Yamayaki in a beautiful landscape.
● Heijo Palace
Heijo Palace is popular among people as the best spot for photo taking. You can view the burning mountain as a whole.