Mid
~
Late
Feb
 2022

Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2022

Free

Featuring more than 15,000 lanterns, the festival originally started as a more simple Chinese New Year celebration. In 1994, the festival expanded from the confines of Nagasaki’s Chinatown to become the Nagasaki Lantern Festival. It takes place over the first 15 days of the Chinese lunar new year and venues are spread throughout Nagasaki, however, the two main event venues are Minato Park and Chuo Park.

Along with a display of lanterns, the festival includes fireworks, Chinese acrobatics, lion dances, dragon dances, Chinese theatre, kokyu performances, an Emperor’s parade, a Mazu (goddess) procession, a ‘campaign lady’ (beauty) contest.

Access

Reaching Nagasaki from Tokyo is easiest by plane, with airports in Nagasaki itself as well as Fukuoka and Kumamoto. Once you arrive in the city, you can use the streetcars with a ¥500 pass to reach Shinchi Chinatown station which is close to Minato Park.

Accommodation

For hostel lovers, the Casa Blanca Hostel offers dorms, twin and single rooms for very affordable prices as does the trendy Hostel Mezame. Hotel-wise you can choose from the plush Victoria Inn or the smart and simple Hotel Forza.

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Related Events
  • Nagaoka Fireworks Festival
    Aug 1
    ~
    Aug 3

    The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival

    Cancelled

    The Nagaoka Festival is held from August 1st to August 3rd around the Shinano River in Nagaoka City. Its main attractions are the portable shrine float parades and folk dance processions during the day with large-scale fireworks displays in the […]

    Free
  • best firework festivals in japan
    Early
    Aug

    Okazaki Fireworks Festival

    Cancelled

    The home of Mikawa fireworks, this is one of the biggest displays in Aichi, with spots by the river reserved a day in advance by many. With a history dating back to the Edo period, the festival uses 70% locally […]

    6:50pm – 9:00pm
    Free
  • More fireworks (for Nagara River)
    Early
    Aug

    All Japan Fireworks Display

    Cancelled

    The second of the Summer fireworks events on the Nagara river, this event takes place on the first Saturday of every August. Both events are competitive displays with pyrotechnicians traveling from far and wide to show off their best designs […]

    7:30pm – 8:45pm
    Free
  • Aug 2
    ~
    Aug 3

    Hirakawa Neputa Festival

    Cancelled

    Hirakawa city in Aomori Prefecture hosts a Nebuta Festival at the beginning of August each year. While the Aomori City has the crowds, Hirosaki has the refined tradition and Goshogawara has towering floats, Hirakawa’s claim to fame is having Aomori’s […]

    7:00pm
    Free

Recommended hotels located nearby