Aug/16 Lantern Floating Festival in Arashiyama

Sightseeing information about Aug/16 Lantern Floating Festival in Arashiyama in Japan.

Aug/16 Lantern Floating Festival (Toro-nagashi) in Arashiyama3.4

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 from 8/16 '19 to 8/16 '19


Obon is Japanese summer holiday when it is believed that the spirits of ancestors come back to this world in order to visit their relatives. And "Toro-nagashi" is a long-held Japanese tradition in Obon season where candle-lit paper lanterns are released into rivers to guide the spirits of ancestors back to the other world.
In Arashiyama, Kyoto, a lantern floating event takes place annually in during Obon near Togetsukyo Bridge.
Approximately 6,000 to 7,000 floating lanterns are set adrift of the waters of the Katsura-gawa River.
The lanterns can be bought by anyone and you can have your own lantern floated on the river.
On the same day, Gozan-no-Okuribi is also held, and you can see the burning Chinise characters on the mountains.

Venue: Arashiyama Nakanoshima Park
Date: August 16, 2019
reception for lantern : 12:00pm - 8:30pm at Nakanoshima Park, 12:00pm - 7:30pm at Rinzenjimae Park
Admission: Free *1,000 yen for a lantern
Address: Nakanoshima-cho, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access: a 6-min walk from Arashiyama Station, a 15-min walk from Saga-Arashiyama Station

Purposeeasily accessible,,spiritual places,world heritage,Traditional folk,experience,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing
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5.03 weeks ago

The beautiful luxurious sight seeing, the soothing sound of water and nature, the romantic train ride. It's a small trip to back to Meiji Era, with it's beautiful old fashioned stores and food stalls. You have kimono rental, rickshaw rides.
Although, if you're interested in having a seat for the Sagano romantic train ride, book with 2 weeks in advance. Otherwise you won't be able to make it.

5.0a month ago

Do not miss this part of Kyoto. Too much details. 1 - 2 hours research needed. Book a room in the area for one night preferably. Even more for passionate travelers.

5.03 months ago

This is an awesome experience!

The bamboo forest is quite incredible, although very busy. Would advise going very early if you want to get any good photos without lots of other people.

The monkey park is a fair hike up the hill but worth it. You can feed them and they're everywhere.

There was also a garden park area; very pretty and the ticket included a green matcha tea which was very nice.

The hiking trails give excellent views - overall Arashiyama is a must-see for anyone traveling in Kyoto.

5.02 weeks ago

Beautiful and nice stroll along the river. Perfect for photoshoot. Go early in the morning before 9a to avoid crowds.

5.02 months ago

A beautiful place to relax and unwind. The sound of the flowing river, the view of the area and the people around just gives a vibe of tranquility and joy. A place for picnics, meditation, and rest.