Hyakuhatto a traditional event has been done more than 380 years in Uonuma city,Hyakuhatto a traditional event has been done more than 380 years in Uonuma city,Hyakuhatto a traditional event has been done more than 380 years in Uonuma city

Hyaku-Hatto Great 108 Fire FestivalHyaku Hatto Great 108 fire festival will be held on March 4th 2018 at Oritate-Onsen, Uonuma city.


Torii covered by snow was dug out

1st step is to dig out the top part of Torii which is located at the foot of a Mountain.

Pray for good harvest

Prior to the work, the pray for harvest is held here.

An old days style of a straw coat.

Old people put on straw coat when they carry straw bundles on their back.

Carrying straw bundles

Staffs carry a lot of straw bundles to the mountain ridge.

Setting straw bundles on the mountain ridge.

A lot of straw bundles are set at designated points.

HYAKUHATTO Great fire event in Oritate Onsen


Make a small snow shrine

As the deposit of snow in Oritate Onsen in Uonuma city is more than 2m, it is impossible to dig out shrine from the snow. Instead of that, we made a small shrine with snow and pray to God.

Carrying straw bundles to the mountain ridge

On the Hyakuhatto day, the group in charge of Hyakuhatto Event carry the straw bundles to the mountain ridge. As this work is very hard and it has been done by young men so far.

Fire on the straw bundles

Praying for good harvest, the group fire on the straw bundles at the ridge of Mountain in the night.

HYAKUHATTO Snow festival is held at the foot of Mountain

Many performances are held on the snow stage. Visitors can eat Mochi or rice cake, Soba a Japanese nudle and Ton-jiru or a sort of pork soup are served with free of charge. Especially, hot rice cake made by 6 persons is very popular due to the good taste. Fireworks donated by local people are set off.


Hyakuhatto is a great 108 fire event which has been carried out from mid-Edo period more than 380 years. The local people pray for good harvest of new year.
Many straw bundles are set to the top of the mountain ridges and those will be
set fire up at night.
Today, it is harder to perform this event because of two reasons.

One is less of young men.
It is hard work to carry many straw bundles from foot of the mountain to the top. The work has been done by young men from the past. But today, few young men remain in local area.

The other one isinsufficient straw bundles.
A recent harvest of rice is mainly done by machines. Only ear part of rice plants are taken and straw parts are returened to rice paddy at the harvest time. To get the straw bundles need to use human power without machine. It takes time and hard.

We are not sure how we can keep on this festival.