With over 1250 years, Omizutori Fire Festival is the oldest event in Japan which has been held since 752. It is annually held from March 1st to 14th at the Todaiji Temple in Nara Prefecture. Omizutori or also known as Shunei Ceremony is to cleanse and remove the people of their since and to usher in the spring of the new year.

Each night of the festival, huge torches (taimatsu) are lit outside the Nigatsudo Hall and carried across the balcony. By viewing the fire show, it is thought to bring good luck to the audience.

The size of the torches and the duration of the fire show is different each day with March 12 is the largest torches and longest fire show duration.

Date
Start Time
Duration
# of Torches
Torch Size
March 1-11
19:00
20 minutes
10
6 m / 40 kg
March 12
19:30
45 minutes
11
8 m / 70 kg
March 13
19:00
20 minutes
10
6 m / 40 kg
March 14
18:30
10 minutes
10
6 m / 40 kg

Schedule Source: japan-guide.com

Event Information


Event Date
Venue Todaiji Temple (Nara prefecture)
Access18mins walk from Kintetsu Nara Station
AdmissionFree

*All event details are subject to change. We will keep you posted for any necessary changes.