Zenkoji Temple Lit Up Like a Votive Candle?

February 8th, 2013 by
Category: Events, Information, Seasonal Topics

The venerable Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City will once again hold its Toumyou Festival. “Toumyou” refers to votive candles people leave at temples and shrines. For this festival, the main hall and one of the entrance arches are colorfully illuminated in a wish for world peace.

Zenkoji Temple Lit Up in Olympic Colors for the Annual Toumyou Festival

The festival is held in the very coldest middle of winter, and the dates for 2013 are from Saturday 09-Feb to Sunday 17-Feb.  The colors for the main illumination are the 5 Olympic colors, in honor of the ’98 Nagano Winter Olympics. In addition to the illumination, during the festival various temple lodging ‘shukubo’ will host special tea functions, numerous lanterns will be displayed (including some made by celebrity artists), shops and restaurants along the main approach to Zenkoji will offer special deals, a live concert will be held, and there will be a stamp rally and other contests. Information can be found in the official guidebook.

Official Guidebook for the 2013 Toumyou Festival

2 Responses to “Zenkoji Temple Lit Up Like a Votive Candle?

  1. Toni-san, Thank you for your inquiry. 2014 dates for Zenkoji’s Toumyou Festival haven’t been announced yet. Check the official homepage, http://www.nagano-toumyou.com/, for the most recent updates. And if/when you go, make sure to dress warmly as Nagano in mid February can be chilly!

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