Mt. Kuju Opening Festival (くじゅう山開き)
This traditional ceremony welcoming the opening of summer climbing season on the Kuju Mountains is held every year on the first Sunday of June, alternating between Mt. Taisenzan and Mt. Kujusan. After the peak-top ceremony praying for the safety of climbers, pennants decorated with the year's Chinese zodiac symbol are handed out as souvenirs. The even coincides with the blooming of Kyushu Azaleas, designated as a National Natural Monument, so visitors can enjoy the mountains covered with a carpet of pink flowers. There are shuttle buses running to the mountain entrance on the day of the festival, and many tourists and climbers alike come to enjoy the festival.
- Oita Pref. Taketashi Kujumachikuju 6161-1 [map]
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Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
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- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don't hesitate to explore Oita a little further.