Kagiroi Viewing

Time to Turn Our Thoughts to Ancient Times

Kagiroi Viewing is one of the area's winter traditions, held annually at Manyo Park in Uda City. Kagiroi, which looks like a morning glow, is a rare natural phenomenon that appears in the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise on a cold winter morning, only when the weather conditions are perfect. As an ancient poet Kakinomotono Hitomaro is believed to have read a poem about Kagiroi in this area, Uda has been holding this event annually on November 17th in the old Chinese calendar, the date the poem was read.

The viewing event is now held on February 11th, when the chance of kaigiroi appearance is higher. Pre-event (lecture by a guide, etc.) is held on lunar November 17th.

Let’s gather at the park around 4 a.m., and share a special moment with us until the time Kagiroi should appear, warming ourselves around a bonfire, enjoying a live music concert, and turning our thoughts to ancient times!

Date: February 11th, 2023  (Pre-event: December 10th, 2022)
Time: 5 am - 7 am
Venue: Manyo Park (map below)

Free Entry, Dress properly for the cold weather.

Note: For those who plan to join this event, the nearby hot spring, Akinonoyu, offers an all-night bath only the night before the event. You can stay here until the event starts.
Akinonoyu location (Google Maps)
Akinonoyu official website (Japanese)