A Spring tradition, Akiyoshidai Yamayaki: The flames that run through Japan's largest karst plateau!
Yamayaki (Mountain Burning) is a tradition of over 600 years held every February that signals the beginning of spring in Akiyoshidai Plateau. Akiyoshidai's Yamayaki, which covers a vast area of over 2,700 acres, is the largest open burning in Japan. The morning of the Yamayaki, Akiyoshidai is set in flames at once following the sound of sirens. The sight of the flames and smoke reaching a height of 16 feet, the crackling sound it makes, and the powerful visual awe the many spectators that come to watch. Measures are taken to prevent the spread of fire, but depending on wind direction, there is a risk of being caught in the smoke. Therefore, it is strictly forbidden to enter near the burning site. Once there, please follow the instructions of the people in charge. The purpose of this tradition is to maintain the unique landscape dotted with white limestone, to control pests, and to protect the ecosystem. By May, the burnt grasslands of Akiyoshidai will be covered with fresh greenery while preserving its ecosystem, thanks to the Yamayaki.