Fri, Aug

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). There will also be fireworks.

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

What is 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, as well as cu-mo at Sōunzan Station on the Hakone Tozan Cable Car Line. You’ll need to arrive before 7:30 p.m.

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


The fireworks and gire will be lit at 7:30 p.m. There is also a Bon Odori dance event not far from Gora Station the same evening.

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

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