Gozan no Okuribi (bonfires on five mountains)

Higashiyama Nyoigatake’s Daimonji (大文字) may be the best known, but there is also the Kinkakuji Ookitayama (Daimonjiyama) Hidari Daimonji (左大文字), Matsugasaki Nishiyama and Higashiyama’s Myo-Ho (妙法), Nishigamo Funayama’s Funagata (船形), and Sagamandarayama’s Toriigata (鳥居形).

Typically, the okuribi (bonfires) themselves are lit the day after the Obon festival. The purpose of this traditional Kyoto celebration is to see off the souls of the deceased as they return to the afterlife.

The bonfires are lit on August 16th every year.

Daimonji: 8:00 p.m.
Myo-Ho: 8:05 p.m.
Funagata: 8:10 p.m.
Hidari Daimonji: 8:15 p.m.
Toriigata: 8:20 p.m.
(In case of adverse weather conditions, such as rain or strong winds, times might be adjusted, but in general each mountain’s bonfire is lit during 30 minutes starting from the time stated above.)

 

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