Nagano Lantern Festival

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The Nagano Lantern Festival is held annually in reminder of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Zenkoji Temple and its Sanmon Gate are bathed in the five Olympic colors, and beautifully-crafted lanterns cover Zenkoji-dori Avenue.

The paper lanterns used during the festival are decorated by local artists, hobbyists and students from nearby schools. You’ll be dazzled by the creativity and talent of the paper artworks, and you may even see some of your favorite characters like Totoro, Pikachu, or Arukuma.

Many temple lodges around Zenkoji also join in the celebration by creating unique illuminations of their own, from candle-lit displays of buddhist statues to elegant arrangements of glowing paper umbrellas.

During the illumination a number of other events will happen as well, such as musical performances, sake-tasting and more.

Location 491, Motoyoshicho, Nagano City Map
Date(s) February 6 to 11, 2020
Hours 18:00 to 21:00 (Last Day: until 20:00)

Access and Parking


By Train:Get off at Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen) Then, take the Zenkoji-bound bus and get off at the Daimon bus stop. A short walk from there.




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