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Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2020

This unusual event creates a dreamy and magical atmosphere around Higashiyama

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Visit one of the brightest festivals of Kyoto, Higashiyama Hanatouro, taking place in March (the dates differ every year) to celebrate the arrival of spring. The celebration was held for the first time in 2003 and has since hosted many tourists and visitors who are eager to enjoy beautiful scenes of nighttime beauty.

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro, 2016 2020
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro, 2016
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During the festival, the entire Higashiyama area, namely the path from the Shoren-in Temple to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, is dressed with illuminated lanterns! While strolling the area, you will also be able to observe gorgeous artwork created by local students, witness stunning living flower arrangements and large ikebana exhibits, taste snacks in Maruyama Park, and enjoy maiko dances and traditional Japanese instruments. As a bonus, many shrines and temples provide free night admission during the festival.

Shoren-in Temple 2020
Shoren-in Temple
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The festival lasts for ten days and it is recommended to spend more than one day to take everything in.

Lanterns on the bridge, Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro, 2016 2020
Lanterns on the bridge, Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro, 2016
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Kiyomizu-dera 2020
Kiyomizu-dera
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