Hinase Water/Fire Festival in Bizen City

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Photo source | Bizen City Tourist Office
Bizen City
early February

In early February of each year, the Hinase branch of the Bizen Volunteer Fire Department put on a spectacle of water and color at Hinase Port. Dressed in festival firefighting costumes, the members divide into teams and board about a dozen fire-hose-equipped seaborne vessels.

The battle begins with long and high plumes of frigid water being launched into the air. After one team concedes defeat it is time for the finale. The participants launch their last streams of water towards the sky, but this time blue, yellow and red coloring are added, creating an eye-catching water rainbow effect.

Access: Take the JR Ako Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Hinase Station. The Hinase Port area is about a 15 minute walk from JR Hinase Station.

About Bizen City

Bizen City is located in the southeastern part of Okayama Prefecture on the border with Hyogo Prefecture. A rural city with three distinct districts, there are many places to explore and new experiences awaiting you in this culturally diverse section of Okayama.

Yoshinaga Town is famous for Shizutani School, which was the first public school in Japan. There you can enjoy a stroll on the pristine grounds of this groundbreaking learning institution.

Hinase is a traditional fishing town with a village-like atmosphere that is full of close-knit and friendly residents. Explore the islands of the Hinase Archipelago by convenient commuter ferry. You can even drive to a few of the offshore islands as there are several bridges that connect them to the mainland.

The center of the city is Bizen itself, and there you will find the heart of Okayama Prefecture’s Bizenyaki pottery world. The number of galleries and ateliers that are located in this area are almost too many to count and they are all unique because they represent particular families their traditions.

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