The historical town of Mameda (豆田) has been registered as a national cultural asset, and every year on the second weekend of November, Hita Tenryo Festival (日田天領祭り), a festival celebrating the historical importance of the area is held. The bamboo lights “Sennen Akari” (千年あかり, lit. thousand-year lights) started in 2005 as a night event for the festival. Local residents of Mameda create 30,000 bamboo lights and fill the banks of Kagetsu River and softly illuminate the historical townscape of Mameda.
|Mameda Town & Kagetsu River area, Ōita Prefecture|
| Access from Tokyo|
1hr45min from Haneda Airport (Tokyo) to Fukuoka Airport (Fukuoka). 75 min by Fukuoka Airport limousine bus from Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal to Hita City center.
Access to Suwa Shrine: 10 min by walk from “Suwa Jinja-mae” tram stop
|November 13 - 15, 2015|
|Website: Hita City official website (in English)|
Hita Sennen Akari