Hanatoro (花灯路, Hanatōro), which means “flower and light road”, is a set of illumination events that take place in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto in March and the Arashiyama district of Kyoto in December. During Hanatoro the streets are illuminated by thousands of lanterns set throughout popular areas combined with flower and light displays.
Many temples and shrines are illuminated and have special extended viewing hours. In addition, live and street performances are held at stages around the area. The pleasant and unique atmosphere of Hanatoro attracts many visitors who can stroll the streets and see a different side of Kyoto.
A lot of lanterns decorate the 5 km walking path that leads to the foothills of Higashiyama Mountain. From the north, the path goes through Shoren-in Temple and Maruyama Park, and then through Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in the south. Enjoy the striking charms of Kyoto streets. Faint lights that beautify the storefronts of Monzen-machi, soft lights that reflect off the stone pavements, lights swaying amongst the trees, white and earthen walls.
The Ikebana Promenade and the abundant Ikebana arrangements together with the paper lanterns invite the visitor to an enchanting world.
|DATE||From March 8 to 17, 2019 in Higashiyama Hanatoro, between 18:00 to 21:30|
|ACCESS||8 min. walk from the Higashiyama Station (Kyoto)|
|POSSIBLE FACILITIES|| Wifi Local transportation
Optional Local Guide