Hakone Daimonji-yaki

On Mt. Myojogatake, viewed from Goran Onsen in Hakone, 205 bamboo stalks will be lit one by one to reveal an enormous burning 大 (dai, meaning big or great). Fireworks and food stalls are expected to recommence in 2022, though keep an eye out for the latest updates.

This is the end of Hakone’s larger summer festival and events.

What is the reason for Daimonji-yaki?

Along with Hakone’s counterparts, such as Nara’s and Kyoto’s Daimonji festivals, the lighting of the giant character symbolises the end of Obon, a summer festival that pays tribute to one’s ancestors. It is seen as a way of sending the spirits off.

Where can I see Hakone Daimonji-yaki?

Daimonji-yaki as seen from Gora Park | Photo by Odakyu Hakone Holdings Co., Ltd.

There are many places in Hakone that will open up on the night of August 16 for spectacular, front-row views. Gōra Park will hold a special night-time viewing event and cu-mo at Sōunzan Station on the Hakone Tozan Cable Car Line will hold a day beer garden from August 11 to August 16 and on the evening of the festival will open until 20:00.

Views from cu-mo at Sōunzan Station | Photo by Odakyu Hakone Holdings Co., Ltd.

Take a look at our Hakone guide to make the most out of your trip while coinciding with the festival.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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