Hifuri festival is maybe the most popular festival in Aso. It is held every year in March at Aso shrine. Everyone can participate by swinging flaming ropes. During the event the shrine is illuminated by circles of fire and it gives the place an even more ancient feel.



A beautiful festival held at the end of July at Kokuzō Shrine and then at Aso shrine a day after. The main attraction is the parade, especially the women dressed in white wearing the meals for the gods over their heads.

It is also a chance to assist in a religious ceremony inside the shrine, throw rice plants on portable shrines to ensure a good harvest or enjoy many kinds of food at one of the many food stalls around.


Almost every year the grasslands of Aso are burnt to ensure a fresh grass for the cattle to grow and to prevent the forest from taking over. This is an important event for Aso that is made possible thanks to the work of volunteers.

Burning the grassland is not without risk and therefore Noyaki is not a tourist attraction. You may have the chance to see it from a fair distance if you visit Aso around March.

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