Oda Lantern Festival / Fire festival in Teramura


Colorful fireworks are lighting up the summer night sky above the 3 huge Japanese characters of "Mountain God" written in fire. / Fire festival in Teramura

A fantastic spectacle that spreads over the river / Oda Lantern Festival

Town parade with beautiful picture lanterns / Oda Lantern Festival


Colorful fireworks are lighting up the summer night sky above the 3 huge Japanese characters of "Mountain God" written in fire. / Fire festival in Teramura


To the sound of drums log-style festival floats stir up the excitement

Summer festival for memorial services to the ancestors in relation to the legend of fugitives of the Heike clan. The parade through the shopping mall with oxcarts, log-style floats with Taiko drums, painted lantern floats and dance troupes etc., will tell the coming of summer. Over 1000 beautifully illuminated lanterns floating on the Oda River is a spectacular sight. The chanting of the memorial service by Seijoji Temple priests resounds in the mountain village and leaves a deep impression of nostalgia.The Seijoji temple has the legend of Princes Toki and the plum tree. She was the fifth daughter of Taira-no-Kiyomori (head of the Heike clan who once ruled Japan in 12th century). After the defeat of the war, she escaped to this land but died of disease soon. The villagers built a tomb at the site and held a memorial service. At this time, plum trees that they planted together grew up, and were named "Hachibo plum tree" from the fact that several plums were always formed together.



Please watch how the words "Mountain God" emerge, written in fire.


This beautiful tradition of worshipping the gods continues till today since Edo era

At the Teramura Mountain God Fire Festival about 5000 torches are lit at the base of Mt. Rokkaku so that the words "Mountain God" emerge, written in fire. This traditional event has been continued since 1823, to pray for "fortunes from the mountains" (wild game, berries, mushrooms etc.) and rich harvest. The fireworks in the mountain hamlets beautifully coloring the night sky - unforgettable summer memories. In the shopping district there are long rows of night stalls, performances of the drum group Kikori, and many other live performances. There is also a photo contest to which you can apply.

- Events information -


Oda Lantern Festival
Date Last Saturday in July 18:00 to 22:00 in case of rain on the next day
Entry fee Free
Access 30 min by car from JR Uchiko Station
30 min by car from Uchiko-Ikazaki IC.
Place Oda, Uchiko-cho Oda Chuo Shopping street
Contact Town office, Oda branch TEL 0892-52-3111
Parking Parking Available / in several places for ca. 200 cars - free of charge


Fire festival in Teramura
Date Aug. 5 every year
18:00 to 22:00 in case of rain on the next day
Entry fee Free
Access 30 min by car from JR Uchiko Station
30 min by car from Uchiko Ikazaki IC.
Place Teramura, Uchiko-cho Teramura shopping area
Contact Uchiko Town Office Oda BranchTEL: 0892-52-3111
Parking Parking Available / in several places for ca. 550 cars - free of charge




Uchiko town official website

http://www.we-love-uchiko.jp/