It’s ends March 15th, so don’t miss this last chance to experience Kyoto’s elegance during “Hanatouro,” an evening illumination festival with flowers.

2018-11-06 Yuri Suzuki   Festivals & Events, Kyoto,



”Hanatouro” is a new seasonal tradition in Kyoto Higashiyama

During this event you can see temples/shrines and streets in the area illuminated with warm lighting from paper-covered lanterns. Kyoto Hanatoro Promotion Council started the event in 2003 hoping that this will be a new evening tourist attraction. This year you can see 7 temples/shrines; Shōren-in, Chion-in, Yasaka-shrine, Entoku-in, Kōdai-ji, Hokan-ji and Kiyomizudera-temple, all illuminated, showing elegant aspects of each structure. In collaboration with art students from Kyoto, they will exhibit their work with the theme of ”Traditional lights” and you can witness projection mapping and other forms of projection technology. At Chion-in, one of the artists holds a “sand art performance” that is a must see attraction. It’s name, “Hanatouro” (literally, “flower and light road”) indicates that you can’t miss the flower arrangement art at this event and Maruyama Park exhibits 16 gorgeous flower arrangements!




It’s easy to access! Don’t miss this chance!

Kyoto is one of the world’s most famous tourist locations, so public transportation is well developed. The Council of Kyoto is also recommending that people take advantage of public transportation, because of the many traffic jams in and around Kyoto. The event is only held from March 6th to March 15th. This beautiful attraction doesn’t last long, so try to visit and use the best of public transportation!

Kyoto, Hanatouro


6th March to 15th 2015

■Illumination hours

18:00-21:30 (no postponement for rain)







(한국어 / 조선어)




99-1 Yasakashintisueyoshityou Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

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Address 99-1 Yasakashintisueyoshityou Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Hours 6th March to 15th 2015 ■Illumination hours 18:00-21:30 (no postponement for rain)