Wakayama, Shionomisaki Lighthouse’s Grass Burning

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Honshu’s Southernmost Point’s Fire Festival to Welcome Spring

The grass burning is a customary event of Shionomisaki Lighthouse, the southernmost place in Honshu, to eliminate pests and to encourage growth of new plantlife. The event is joined by local folk dances and taiko performances.
In the blink of an eye, flames spread across around 6 hectares of grass overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and it burns up in as little as one hour. Visitors can enjoy the flames up close. Fireworks are also launched, setting a fantastical atmosphere.
Visitors can also enjoy being treated to free food, like the local specialty “Shorasan Nabe,” a miso nabe dish filled with fish cakes, pork, and vegetables.

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Wakayama, Shionomisaki Lighthouse’s Grass Burning

Location
Grass around Shionomisaki Lighthouse, Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture
Access
10 minutes by car from the JR Kisei Main Line’s Kushimoto Station
Tel
0735-62-3171 (Kushimoto Tourist Association)
Hours
4:30pm-6:30pm (Grass burning starts at around 5:30pm)
Event Date
January 27th, 2018 (the last Saturday of January every year)
URL(Japanese)
http://www.kankou-kushimoto.jp/event/himaturi.html