Innoshima – Suigun Fire Festival

The Innoshima Fire Festival, also known as “Innoshima Suigun Matsuri,” is held annually on Innoshima Island, near Onomichi, in the Seto Inland Sea. This event celebrates the maritime history of the island, particularly its connection to the Murakami Kaizoku, a powerful clan of seafaring warriors during the Sengoku period. The festival features elaborate reenactments of naval battles and life in the Murakami Kaizoku era. Participants dress in period costumes, creating a vivid representation of the past.

One of the most iconic elements of the festival is the torchlight procession. Participants carry flaming torches, creating a dramatic and atmospheric scene as they walk through the streets and along the waterfront. Traditional boats, often decorated with lights and banners, parade through the harbour. This naval display pays homage to the seafaring heritage of the island. The spectacular fireworks show is the apex of the festival, lighting up the night sky and reflecting beautifully on the waters of the Seto Inland Sea. The festival takes place in late summer, often in August, and draws both locals and tourists, offering a unique glimpse into Japan’s maritime history and cultural traditions.