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Periodic Burning at Akiyoshi-dai Karst Plateau

A typical spring scene that draws visitors from within and without Yamaguchi Prefecture is the periodic burning, or "yamayaki" (literally, "mountain burning") of the grasses at the Akiyoshi-dai Karst Plateau. Said to be the largest in Japan, this controlled burn will cover approximately 1,138 hectares of the karst in smoke and flames, and is a traditional practice that has been passed down since about 600 years ago. On the day of the burn, the fires will be lit at 9:30 in the morning, and smoke will rise as the flames gradually spread. The crackling of the spreading fire, the smell of the scorched earth, and the intensity of the sight of a pillar of flames is sure to be an experience for all five sense. The Special National Monument and Quasi-National Park of the Akiyoshi-dai Karst Plateau is as beautiful as it is precisely because of this controlled burn. When spring comes in earnest, fresh green sprouts from the blackened earth, and our beloved wild mountain grasses will grow again.
Time 2020/02/16 9:30 a.m. (Fire lighting) - around 1:00 p.m.
Location Akiyoshi-dai Quasi-National Park

Akiyoshidai Jidai-yama, Shuho-cho Akiyoshi, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture 754-0511
Access ・Approx. 32 minutes from Otani Sanso by car

Approx. 30 minutes from JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station by bus, approx. 30 minutes walking from "Shuho-do" bus stop

By car
Approx. 7 minutes from the Akiyoshidai Interchange on Ogorihagi Road
Parking Available (Free)
Akiyoshi-dai Karst Lookout Parking Lot
Shuho-do Cave Elevator Parking Lot

Akiyoshidai Yama-yaki Response Council Office
Mine City Agriculture and Forestry Administrator

Omine-cho Higashibun, Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-2212



Notes *Traffic will be limited (Details will be posted on the official website)