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Nishio-City Toba Fire Festival

Date : 02/12/2023

  • Toba Fire Festival
  • Toba Fire Festival

A Majestic Column of Fire, Rising up Against a Winter Night Sky

A fire festival is held every year on the second Sunday in February at Toba Shinmei Shrine in Nishio City, and during the course of the festival a column of fire rises up against the clear, winter night sky. Two giant torches called "suzumi," each 5 meters tall and weighing 2 tons, are set up and lit within the grounds of the shrine, and men called "kami otoko" (literally, "god men"), who have been divided into "East" and "West" teams, jump into the flames and compete to bring out sacred trees and twelve ropes that have been placed in the fires and offer them before the altar. The results of the competition are used to divine the year's weather and whether the harvest will be good or bad.

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Date : February 12 (Sunday), 2023
Annually on the second Sunday of February
Holding time : 3:00 PM - Misogi Purification Ritual
7:30 PM - Summoning Ritual
8:00 PM - Fire Light-Up
Place : Toba Shinmeisha Shrine
Location : 〒444-0704
89 Aza Nishibasama, Toba-cho, Nishio-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Toba Shinmei Shrine)
Fee : Free
Parking : Available, free of charge (temporary parking lot at both Furusato Park and Sakana Ichi Fish Market, total cap. 400 cars)
*: No parking available at the shrine.
Phone number : 0563-57-7840 (Nishio Tourism Association)

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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    10 min. (1km) northwards walk from Mikawa Toba Station of the Meitetsu Gamagori Line (from Meitetsu Nagoya Station, take the fast service Meitetsu Nagoya Line/Meitetsu Nishio Line bound for Kira-Yoshida, then change trains to the slower Meitetsu Gamagori Line and alight at Mikawa-Toba).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 40 min. (30km) southwards from Toyota-Minami I.C. of the Isewangan Expressway via Kinuura-Toyota Road, routes 419, 23, 383, 310, 42, and 317.

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