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Nishio-City Toba Fire Festival

Date : 02/11/2024

  • Toba Fire Festival
  • Toba Fire Festival

1,200 years of continuous culture at one of Japan's unusual festivals

The Toba Fire Festival is said to have started around 1,200 years ago at Toba Shimmeisha Shrine.
Two giant 5-meter-tall "Suzumi" torches made of bamboo and thatch are set up and lit within the grounds of the shrine. Men called "Kami Otoko" (literally "God Men") and priests dressed in clothing made from old shrine banners are divided into two teams which jump into the flames, competing to bring out sacred trees and twelve ropes which are then brought before the altar as an offering. The condition of the fire and victory/loss between the two teams are used to divine the year's weather and how plentiful the harvest will be.

  • Toba Fire Festival
  • Toba Fire Festival
  • Toba Fire Festival


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Date : Sun, Feb 11, 2024 (the second Sun of Feb each year)

• Postponed to Mon, Feb 12 should rainy weather occur.
Holding time : • Around 3:00 pm Miso purification ritual
• Around 7:30 pm Religious rituals before the altar
• Around 8:00 pm Lighting of the Suzumi torches
Place : Toba Shimmeisha Shrine
Location : 〒444-0704
89 Nishibasama, Toba-cho, Nishio-shi, Aichi
Fee : Free of charge

• Prices are subject to change. Check the official site, etc. for the most up-to-date information.
Parking : Available, free of charge (Temporary parking lot at Furusato Park and fish market. Approx. 460 spaces.)

• No parking available at the shrine.
Phone number : 0563-57-7840 (Nishio Tourist Information Office, available 9:30 am–4:30 pm)

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.


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

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