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 Arashiyama(canceled)3.4

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 from 8/16 '20 to 8/16 '20


※Due to the coronavirus concerns, Toro-nagashi Festival has been canceled in 2020.

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, 2020
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,instagrammable,spiritual places,world heritage,Traditional folk,experience,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing
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5.09 months 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.

3.04 months ago

I suggest to buy macha dango (green rice balls) and to walk through the bridge. It's quite nice place to start the walk towards the bamboo forest and the nearby temples.

5.011 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.

5.07 months ago

The Togetsu-kyo Bridge was one my most favourite spots that I visited in Japan... I am so happy I came to this location. I would highly recommend this location to anyone who is looking for amazement and history to unfold right in front of your eyes. Just DO It...

5.09 months 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.