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Toyohashi-City Toyohashi Gion Festival and Fireworks
(Toyohashi Gion Matsuri)

Date : 07/21/2023 - 07/23/2023

  • Toyohashi Gion Festival and Fireworks (Toyohashi Gion Matsuri)
  • Toyohashi Gion Festival and Fireworks (Toyohashi Gion Matsuri)

The amazing hand-held fireworks cannons of Toyohashi!

Toyohashi's hand-held fireworks, shot off by men actually wielding the cannons, have their roots in the Warring States period. The tradition started when the local daimyos around Yoshida Castle gave the hand-held fireworks as offerings to Yoshida Jinja Shrine. As well as an opportunity to pray for a bountiful harvest and good health, it was a chance for the young people to put their courage to the test. This three-day festival, one of the most representative among the countless similar events of Eastern Mikawa, honors the fireworks' history with ceremonies, rituals, and one of the largest fireworks displays of the region.

Festival to be held for the first time in 4 years!

12,000 fireworks reflect on the surface of the clear Toyo River and color the summer night sky.

The hand-held cannon fireworks will be dedicated in the precincts of Yoshida Jinja Shrine on Friday, July 21, 2023.

Toyohashi Gion Festival

With a thunderous roar and flashes of orange sparks rising over 10 meters into the air, the hand-held cannon fireworks make a thrilling spectacle. The imposing men of the festival with firework-launching tubes under their arms cut a splendidly gallant silhouette as the sparks rain down all about them.
This has been a famous festival ever since the Edo period.

2023 Toyohashi Gion Festival program

Fri, Jul 21
• 4:00 pm - Preparation of large hand-held cannon fireworks
• 6:30 pm - Preparation of regular-size hand-held cannon fireworks
(All at Yoshida Jinja Shrine)

Sat, Jul 22
• 6:00 pm - Daytime fireworks session at the Toyo Riverside (The evening session begins soon after.)

Sun, Jul 23
• 5:00 pm - Portable shrine procession (Transfer of the resident deity, departing from Yoshida Jinja Shrine. Yoritomo Procession, manju cakes handed out, and the Sasa Odori Dance also held.)


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Date : Fri, Jul 21–Sun, Jul 23, 2023
Place : Yoshida Jinja Shrine, along the Toyo River, and from Toyokawa Park
Location : 〒440-0891
2 Sekiya-cho, Toyohashi-shi, Aichi
(Yoshida Jinja Shrine)
Parking : Unavailable
• Please use public transportation whenever possible as numerous vehicles and the lack of parking facilities result in traffic congestion.
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 0532-53-5528 (Toyohashi Gion Festival Supporting Association)

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
    Take the Toyotetsu City Line tram from Toyohashi Station and get off at Toyohashikoen-Mae Station. Walk 20 min. (1.5 km) northeast to Toyokawa Park.

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