The Nagano Tomyo Festival is a winter illumination event held in memory of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. The “Tomyo” are lanterns and lights which are offered to the gods, representing locals’ prayers for world peace. Lanterns cover the road to Zenkoji, covered in designs from local schools and craftsmen, and the temple itself is lit up in a spectacular display of color. Let the bright lights (and hot sake) warm you up during one of the coldest times of the year.
Nagano Tomyo Festival Light Up
Saturday, February 11th to Sunday, February 19th, 2017
18:00 to 21:00
Details are available on the event’s official webpage (only in Japanese).
Nagano Tomyo Festival Opening Ceremony (Torch Run)
Saturday, Februay 11th
What better way to begin the lantern festival than with a torch relay a la the Winter Olympic Games? The torch bearers will begin at the front of Nagano Station’s Zenkoji exit and make their way up towards Zenkoji with over 100 students in tow carrying lanterns. From 17:00 to 18:00, a special light-up performance will be held at Zenkoji’s Sanmon gate. Don’t miss it!
Nagano Food and Sake Tasting Event
Saturday, February 11th; Sunday the 12th; Saturday the 18th
18:00 to 21:00
Try a variety of Nagano foods and drinks for free! Local Nagano sweets, sake, and wine will be offered for you to try. If you find something you like, volunteer staff can point you in the right direction to purchase it! See details here.