- 2016 dates - April 4th and 5th
For two days in April, you can witness the unique sight of Fumonji temple illuminated with 100 stone lanterns, and 4,000 bamboo lanterns. The festival in the small town of Kigatsu on Hirado Island, is to celebrate the renewal of spring and each bamboo lantern is hand carved by the local community.
Walk the winding cobbled path to the temple and enjoy the distinctly cultural and serene atmosphere. A variety of small food stalls border the main stage, which hosts live music. Pick yourself up a few yakitori skewers and say “konbanwa” to the locals- they are really friendly.
The event lasts from roughly midday to 9:00pm each night, with 7:00pm attracting the highest number of visitors. If you arrive early, head over to see Jigenzakura, a 140 year old giant sakura tree. With a crown width of 20 metres, the sight becomes even more spectacular when it is illuminated at night.
- Hirado City, Matsuura City & Kitamatsuura District
- Festivals & Traditional Culture
- Seasonal Flowers
|Access information||There is no regular public transport to the area, so it is best to drive. Follow the white and pink signs from the main road and park in the free parking area located near the marina.|
|Open hours||12:00 noon - 9:00pm|