Yamaga Toro Festival
Yamaga Toro Festival
Yamaga Toro Festival
 
 
 

Yamaga Toro Festival
15 - 16 August 2017

A dreamlike Bon odori dance with bright lanterns wavering in the dark night

This festival held at Omiya-Shrine and other several venues in city is one of the three greatest fire festivals of summer in Kumamoto, known as the Land of Fire.

The highlight of the festival, the Sennin Toro Odori at Yamaga primary school’s ground on the second day refers to 1,000 women, dressed in cotton summer kimono and bearing lighted gold and silver lanterns on their heads, dance all night long as they sing 'Yoheho-bushi' in a very slow tempo. As for the men, they reproduce the scene of welcoming the Emperor and line up for the Pine Torch Procession in ancient costume.

Another spectacular event is the fireworks display on the evening of the 15th, when approximately 4,000 fireworks are launched from the Kikuchigawa River Terrace.

Date: 15th - 16th August 2017
Place: Center of Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture
Access: [Rail]About 5 minutes' walk from Yamaga Onsen bus stop. Yamaga Onsen bus stop is about 40 minutes' ride from Tamana Station on the Kyushu Sanko Bus bound for Yamaga Onsen. Tamana Station about 20 minutes from JR Kumamoto Station by Limited Express on the JR Kagoshima Honsen Line.

Kyushu Guide: kumamoto