Early
~
Mid
Mar
 2023

Higashiyama Hanatoro

6:00pm – 9:30pm
Free

See the atmospheric streets of Kyoto’s Higashiyama softly illuminated with thousands of lanterns at this annual event to welcome spring. Hanatoro means “road of flower and light” — though the event closes just before Kyoto’s cherry blossoms bloom.

The 5km route passes Shoren-in Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Entoku-in Temple, and Hokan-ji Temple among others, before ending at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. At 10 stops along the way, there will be artistic, seasonal flower arrangements, as part of the Ikebana Promenade.

In addition, dance performances by maiko (apprentice geiko, the Kyoto word for geisha) at Yasaka Shrine’s Kagura Hall from 7pm to 7:30pm every night from March 7th to March 11th. Meanwhile parades of local school kids clap together wooden blocks — a traditional way to remind neighbors to be mindful of fire.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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