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★ Arashiyama Hana Touro Illumination Festival

If you visit Kyoto in the beginning of December, you can't miss this famous night light-up Festival in Arashiyama. Hanatoro (lit. "flower and light road"), It's wonderful Lanterns and Colored Autumn Leaves Illumination!!

Since 2005, the Hana Touro event has been held in the winter season in the Arashiyama district and many people enjoy visiting such awesome magic colors of the night view.

The festival begins from 11th of Friday until 20th of Sunday.

Illumination Hours: 5:00pm to 8:30pm (it goes even in rain)

For ten days, Arashiyama will be featured by combination of ground lanterns and ikebana artwork.

Also Japanese music performances and mini-concerts, with guitars and the ancient Shaku-hachi flute, will also form part of the event highlights.

Enjoy strolling through the 5.2km path from Horin-ji Temple, over Togetsukyo Bridge, through the Tenryu-ji Temple area. The surrounding temples, shrines, and cultural facilities will hold special viewings and illumination events. Very exotic and romantic!!!

Here is Must to Visit.

Illuminated bamboo forest behind Tenryuji Temple. Noted: Tenryuji temple is not open at night.

Togetsukyo Bridge illumination.
People strolling along the river

Daikakuji histrical heritage illumination 17:00 to 20:30

Hogonin Temple 17:00 to 20:30


There is a shuttle bus service for Daikakuji temple. Bus will leave in front of Tenryuji temple.

There is Free Jumbo Taxi service available between Nisonin Temple and Daikakuji.

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Take JR train from Kyoto station. It's around in 20mins until Saga-Arashiyama station. Or I recommend you to stay in Arashiyama for one night to fully enjoy this exotic night festival!!!

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