[Event] Gozan no Okuribi

There is a special event Gozan no Okuribi (Mountain Bonfire) on 16 August in Kyoto. You can see one mountain from the NIMON 2 HANE’s 3rd floors window.  It can also be seen from along the Kamogawa River. Go from Nimon to Kamogawa and walk toward to north along the river. Around Demachiyanagi, there are many people and it is a vewing spot.


This Gozan Okuribi is one of the most important events in Kyoto. It is held on 16th of August. They light up bonfires on 5 mountain surrounding Kyoto city. They light up lines of torches arranged in the shape of Kanji characters up on the mountains to make them appeal into the distance. The purpose of this event is to send out spirits of deceased to celebrate the end of summer. This time of the year is called Obon season in Japan. Gozan stands for 5 mountains and Okuribi means ” Sending out spirits in the form of bonfire “.

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