Each year, on August 6, candle-lit lanterns are set afloat on the Motoyasu River next to Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome in remembrance of deceased ancestors and as a wish for world peace.
The lanterns are on sale from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. — or whenever they run out. Lanterns are then released by hand in the evening in the vicinity of the A-Bomb Dome and Motoyasu Bridge. Organizers warn that due to big crowds, you may have to wait a little while to set your lantern afloat.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.