With burning pine torches in their hands, local youth run down from the mountain to the Kakuma riverbed, and together throw their torches into the river in an exciting spectacle. This festival is held on August 15th every year in Mochizuki-juku, a former post town of the Nakasendo. Through the cleansing fire, locals pray for their health and a bountiful harvest. It is said that a long time ago, the warring states general Takeda Shingen mistook the festival’s torchs for an ambush and immediately retreated with his troops.
|Location||Nakasendo Mochizuki-juku area, Saku City Map|
|Saku City Tourism Association||0267-62-3285|
Access and Parking
By Train:25 min by Nakasendo line bus or Taxi from Sakudaira Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen)