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This traditional festival is held in Kyoto on August 16th every year during the Obon period. Bonfires are set on each of the 5 mountains surrounding Kyoto, two in the shapes of the Japanese character for ”big”, and one each in the shapes of a boat, a shrine gate, and the characters for ”wondrous teaching of Buddha”. The Obon bonfires are said to redeliver the souls of deceased ancestors to the afterlife.
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Set on fire at 20:00 on 16th August.
Bonfires are set for about 30 minutes. It is difficult to see all of the fires from one point, and people watch them from various places in Kyoto.
Get off at JR "Kyoto Station"
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