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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.

Start Time
# of Torches
Torch Size
March 1-11
20 minutes
6 m / 40 kg
March 12
45 minutes
8 m / 70 kg
March 13
20 minutes
6 m / 40 kg
March 14
10 minutes
6 m / 40 kg

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Event Information

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

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