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Unzen Hikari-no-Hanabouro Illuminations (Light displays and fireworks)The Unzen Hikari-no-Hanabouro is an event themed around the hanabouro, flower-like hoarfrost that forms on the trees and plants. The streets and the sidewalk trees of this onsen town are decorated with dazzling lights.
During the event season, firework displays are held on Saturday evenings from 9:30pm. Enter a magical world of hot-spring steam mixed with the illuminations below and the fireworks above in the peaceful night sky.
Doya Tanada (Rice Terrace) FestivalA magical scene emerges from Doya Tanada's rice terraces, as some 2,600 lanterns, set on the ridges between the rice fields, are lit up. It is so magical that time seems to stop for a moment; the sun sets on the ocean just beyond the terraces, creating a beam of reflection and painting the entire field of vision into a world of nothing but gold and orange.
Goto Camellia FestivalGoto is well-known as a natural habitat for camellias, and the people of the islands have a long history of integrating this flower into their lives. The Goto Camellia Festival allows visitors to experience winter on the islands with the camellia in full bloom. Food vendors and souvenir shops will be available at the Goto Umakamon-Ichi Market during the opening of the festival. Viewing tours venturing into the natural camellia forests will be held as well.
Shimbara Water Festival Shimabara Water festival will be held on the first weekend of August in Shimabara City, where the richabundant natural spring water has flowed throughfilled in the streets of former samurai residences in the old cast castle town since years gone by.with former samurai houses.
This festival is held to show the appreciation for the natural spring water and to make cultivate athe city rich in water and greenery.
There will be bamboo lanterns and art objects made of from gigantic traditional Japanese classic umbrellas, and lights all along the canal waterways through the castle town and former samurai residences.
Nakashima River Summer FestivalFor one weekend of the year, hundreds of lanterns are hung around the banks of the Nakashima River and on Meganebashi, the Japan's oldest stone bridge. This display gives the night market a wonderfully romantic atmosphere that will leave you with unforgettable memories of this summer.
There is something for everyone at the Nakashima River summer festival. You can meander through a smorgasbord of food and souvenir stands with your friends and family and then catch one of the performances at the main stage.
Festivitas Natalis (Christmas Festival) in Kita ArimaAbout 400 years ago in Kita Arima for the first time in Japan, a secondary education school called “Seminario of Arima” was instituted by the Jesuit missionaries. The main theme of Festivitas Natalis is the celebration of the relationship between Japan and Europe based on the Christian history that flourished in Kita Arima in the 16th century. Japan’s tallest Christmas trees (two trees, each 30 meters high) are placed at the venue to create a warm Christmas atmosphere through their colorful lights and decorations.
This event proudly celebrates the memory of the cultural exchange between Japan and Europe, where Christianity spread even before it reached Nagasaki City’s Dejima Port.
Hirado Thousand Lantern FestivalFor 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.
Huis Ten Bosch - Kingdom of LightIlluminated installations made from over 13 million lightbulbs, the world's largest such display, with added entertainment.
Huis Ten Bosch welcomes you to the Kingdom of Light - crowned as one of the three major illumination sites of Japan and No.1 in the National Illumination Ranking General Entertainmet Category for four consecutive years since 2013.
"Church Week in Kamigoto" Church ConcertsTwo hundred and fifty years of persecution could not douse the flames of devotion as shown by the twenty-nine churches that now stand on the islands that comprise Shinkamigoto Town today. In December, the churches light up with colourful illuminations at dusk in celebration of the festive season. Shinkamigoto also plays host to Church Week - a week of evening concert performances hosted at a few selected churches every year before Christmas. Professional performers are invited to the island and grace the audience with Christian classics. No matter your religion, this celebration is bound to move listeners as they bask in the music that fill the halls of these churches that are living testament to the suffering and strength of the Christian faith in Nagasaki. This period is also an opportune time to visit a World Heritage Site contender - Kashiraga Island Church - one of the twenty-nine churches on the island.
Nagasaki Lantern FestivalBegun as a celebration of the Chinese New Year primarily by the Chinese merchants resident in Nagasaki, the Lantern festival has become a staple winter event in the city, and the largest of its kind in all of Japan.
Over 15,000 colorful lanterns and large art objects adorn the entire city; from Chinatown and Minato Park, to Chuo Park, Meganebashi (Spectacles Bridge), Kanko-dori Arcade in Hamanomachi, and many other locations throughout the city.
Throughout the event period, colorful attractions such as Chinese circus performances and dragon dancing are held around the clock at various locations and stages around the city.