5 Must-Visit Beautiful and Romantic Lantern Festivals in Japan | 2020 Edition

02.February.2020 | SPOT

The season for Japan’s enchanting and romantic lantern events has finally arrived, and the line-up this year is diverse, from events where lanterns are the main attraction to lantern-lined festivals and Japanese matsuri festivals.

 

Hankyu Travel International compiled a list of these events , and we’ve pulled out some of the best ones for you.

 

Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru | Iwate Prefecture

This year marks the third run of “Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru,” an event held during winter for guests staying at Hanamaki Onsen. The event is comprised of many elements, including fireworks, folk entertainment, and more. People will also write wishes and messages or draw pictures on their lanterns before sending them up into the winter night sky. Afterwards, they can enjoy a dip in the hot springs at Hanamaki Onsen to warm themselves up and unwind from the day.

 

Running: January 26, 2020/February 22, 2020/February 11, 2020/February 16, 2020/February 24, 2020

Location: Namari Ski Center
Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate

 

▼Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru Tour
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China Lantern Festival | Chiba Prefecture

Tokyo German Village is hosting its second China Lantern Festival, inspired by the typical traditional festivals held in China during spring. A selection of 30 lantern installations of varying sizes made by the world’s biggest lantern maker Lantern Group have been set up in the 50,000 square meter area. Pieces include lanterns over 10 meters long and high, lanterns floating on the water, moving lanterns, and more.

 

Running: November 23, 2019 – April 5, 2020

Location: Tokyo German Village

Address: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba

 

▼Tokyo German Village Tour
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Tsunan Yuki Matsuri | Niigata Prefecture

Since 2012, the people of Tsunan in Niigata have raised sky lanterns into the sky to pray for the revival from the disaster that the Tohoku earthquake brought in 2011. It is a two-day festival, with the first day of the event taking place at night, and the second being the main day of the festival. The festival is so popular that tickets never fail to sell out quickly every year. It brings with it a host of events, from the lanterns to the snowboard straight jumping tournament, the hanging of snow lanterns, snowmobile rides, and more.

 

Running: March 14, 2020 (There will also be a lantern event the night before on March 13, 2020)

Location: New Greenpia Tsunan

Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata

 

▼Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival Tour
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Nagasaki Lantern Festival | Nagasaki Prefecture

This festival was originally held during the Chinese New year by the people of Nagasaki Chinatown, but in 1994 it was given the name “Nagasaki Lantern Festival.” To date, it has been attended by over 1 million people. This year, around 15,000 lanterns of varying sizes are set to light the streets. Taking place across several areas, some standout pieces include the peach-coloured lanterns at Nagasaki Chinatown, the ceiling lanterns at Hamanomachi Arcade, the water lanterns at Nagashimagawa Park, and more. On weekends, there are also parades, traditional Chinese performance, and other exciting events. And if you head to Nagasaki Confucian Shrine (also known as Koshi-byo), you can offer a love lantern to pray for happiness in your relationship.

 

Running: January 24, 2020 – February 9, 2020
Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown/Central Park/Tojin Yashiki/and elsewhere
Address: Various places throughout the city of Nagasaki

 

▼Nagasaki Lantern Festival

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Nagasaki Tourism Page: https://travel.at-nagasaki.jp/en/what-to-see/62/

 

Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2019-2020 | Okinawa Prefecture

Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park is known for having originally been used as the set for several historical drama series, and was subsequently turned into a theme park after filming was finished. The Ryukyu Lantern Festival welcomes a variety of different lanterns, including Chinese lanterns, paper lanterns, various Asian lanterns, and more, each of which bring a completely different atmosphere depending on the area you are in. This year sees the welcome return of the annual lantern contest where 45 individual lantern pieces are exhibited. There are also different street performances every day on the Night Lantern Stage, as well as projection mapping displays, the Night Lantern Cafe, and more.

 

Running: December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

Location: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park

Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

Murasaki Mura Official Website: https://murasakimura.com/

 

 

Be part of one of Japan’s many beautiful lantern festivals this year and witness some seriously breathtaking night scenes.

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    The Menu

     

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    Merchandise

     

    © 2021 Peanuts Worldwide LLC( 短縮形 © 2021 Peanuts )

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    The Artist Line-Up

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    MACHIDA visiting BANTA CAFE to check the feel of the ocean and their artwork

     

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    Take home a souvenir at the beachside museum shop

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    Opening Days: Weekends & Public Holidays

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Where: Beachside Terrace

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    A Look at Pixar Animation’s History

    Feel Like You’re at Pixar Animation Studios

    The event will be a celebration of all things Pixar, from their early animation shorts to their upcoming film Luca. This will include a special area that recreates the real-life Pixar Animation Studios.

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    Canvas Panel (29.7cm x 21cm) | ¥3,850

     

    Event-Original Merchandise (Excerpt)

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    Shopping Bag | ¥880

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    There will also be a trivia quiz to test how much fans know about their favourite films, as well as a special video showcasing the making of the original artwork displayed at the event. Around 200 pieces of merchandise will also be sold.

     

    PIXAR! PIXAR! PIXAR! is a popular annual festival in Japan and a must-visit for any fan of Disney/Pixar.

     

    ©DISNEY/PIXAR All rights reserved. No reproduction or republication without written permission.

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