Set in the enchanting landscape of Hakone, the much-anticipated event, the Hakone Gora Summer Festival: Daimonji Yaki, will light up the night on August 16, 2023.

Hakone Daimonji Yaki Copyright Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Hakone Daimonji Yaki Copyright Kanagawa Prefectural Government

As one of the celebrated “Three Major Festivals Of Hakone”, alongside the picturesque Lakeside Festival and the Hakone Daimyo Procession, this festivity is one you’d not want to miss.

What To Expect At Daimonji Yaki

If you’re new to the area or just dropping by for the festivities, you might wonder: what’s this all about?

The Daimonji Yaki is traditionally celebrated at the peak of Myojogatake Mountain, commonly known as “Daimonji Mountain”, right in front of the Gora Hot Springs. With a tradition dating back to 1921, it was initially aimed to entertain travelers. Now, it’s considered an essential part of Hakone’s summer.

Hakone Daimonji Yaki
Hakone Daimonji Yaki

What’s eye-catching? The massive “大” character, glowing against the mountain backdrop. Made by bundling around 100 thin bamboos and using approximately 200-300 torches, each about 30cm in diameter and 2.5m in height, the sight is genuinely a marvel.

The crescendo? A vibrant firework display of about 2,000 shots painting the night sky.

2023 Event Highlights

Hakone Daimonji Yaki Copyright Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Hakone Daimonji Yaki Copyright Kanagawa Prefectural Government

Fireworks and Daimonji, a Collab to Watch! This year, on August 16th, the sky will sparkle starting 7:30 pm with around 2,000 fireworks.

You can enjoy the view from multiple vantage points including the Hakone Tozan Railway ‘Gora Station’ and the streets of Gora Hot Springs. But a quick note: the nearby Hakone Ropeway won’t be operational during the fireworks.

    • Number of Fireworks: About 2,000
  • Stalls Availability: Yes
  • Free Viewing Seats: None
  • Paid Seats: None

Getting There

Hakone Daimonji Yaki
Hakone Daimonji Yaki

While you can view the fireworks from throughout Gora Hot Springs, parking can be tricky. Hence, using public transport is the way to go.

Trip Notes: Nearby Spots to Check Out!

Gora Hot Springs isn’t just about the festival. It’s a haven of diverse hot springs, and accommodations are plenty.

For a bit of scenic beauty, the Hakone Ropeway’s ‘Sounzan Station’ has an observation deck and a footbath. It’s perfect for some relaxation before or after the festival.

Key Event Details: Hakone Gora Summer Festival – Daimonji Yaki (2023)

  • Event Name: Hakone Gora Summer Festival: Daimonji Yaki (2023)
  • Organizer: Hakone Gora Tourism Association
  • Event Date: August 16, 2023
  • Firework Time: Starts at 19:30
  • Location: Gora Hot Springs
  • Address: Gora Hot Springs, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Hakone Town
  • Contact Number: 0460-82-2300 (Call through Hakone Gora Tourism Association)
  • Entry Fee: Free for viewers
  • Access:
    • By Car: About 30 minutes from Tomei Expressway – Gotemba IC
    • By Train: Just a short walk from the Hakone Tozan Railway ‘Gora Station’
  • Parking: Parking is available


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