Fri, Feb
10

Kamihinokinai Paper Balloon Festival

Free

Held every year on February 10, this local festival sees dozens of large paper balloons set off into the night sky. With over a century of history behind it, the origins of the traditions are not known for certain, but it is thought they were used to pray for good rice harvests.

Stopped during WW2, the festival was revived in the 70s and has now become one of the most extraordinary sights in Japan. The large balloons are intricately painted with traditional designs and smaller balloons are offered so visitors and locals can write wishes on them. It is highly reccomended to arrive before 4 p.m. so you can write your wish and enjoy the festive atmosphere before the grand event. There will be additional trains on the day but they are expected to be busy.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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