1000’s of lanterns shall be floating on the Chidorigafuchi Moat at this pageant


After a two-year hiatus, lots of Tokyo’s summer season festivals are making a comeback this yr. One among them is the Toro Nagashi (floating lantern) nighttime occasion at Chidorigafuchi Moat on the fringe of the Imperial Palace grounds. This well-liked light-up spectacle will happen on July 29 and 30 after sunset.

Photograph: Chiyoda Metropolis Tourism Affiliation

Over the course of two evenings, you possibly can witness 2,000 lovely paper lanterns floating on the water. The pageant was first held in 1958 to consolation individuals after World Battle Two.

Toro Nagashi
Photograph: Chiyoda Metropolis Tourism Affiliation

You possibly can simply flip up and benefit from the sight without cost. Or you can contribute to the spectacle by releasing your individual lantern to the water. You need to use the lantern to put in writing down your hopes, goals or prayers.

Toro Nagashi
Photograph: Chiyoda Metropolis Tourism Affiliation

One of the best ways to immerse your self within the occasion is to hop on a rowboat and ship your lantern out onto the water whereas being surrounded by hundreds of glowing lanterns.

This feature is proscribed to solely 80 teams (as much as three individuals per group) a day and prices ¥2,000 per particular person (¥1,000 for main college college students and youthful kids; one lantern per particular person included). You’ll additionally should pay an extra ¥500 per group to lease the boat. Participation is predicated on a lottery system and you will have to register between June 20 and 30 through the occasion web site (accessible from June 20).

Toro Nagashi
Photograph: Chiyoda Metropolis Tourism Affiliation

Even should you can’t safe a ship, you possibly can nonetheless design a lantern on the day of the occasion.

Go to Chiyoda ward’s vacationer info centre between June 20 and July 28 (10am-6pm, closed Jun 26 & Jul 24) to register prematurely, or simply drop by the Chidorigafuchi Boathouse on the day of the occasion between 5pm and 7pm. It’s ¥1,000 per lantern.

Toro Nagashi
Photograph: Chiyoda Metropolis Tourism Affiliation

For those who can’t make it to the pageant in particular person, you should purchase a pre-designed lantern on-line, and a member of the vacationer affiliation will launch it in your behalf. A lantern prices ¥1,000 and you’ll select between three messages. Get your lantern between June 20 and July 28 on the occasion web site.

Toro Nagashi
Photograph: Chiyoda Metropolis Tourism Affiliation

The floating lantern pageant at Chidorigafuchi Moat runs from 7pm to 8pm on July 29 and 30. Be aware that the occasion shall be cancelled in case of heavy rain and stormy climate.

For extra info, verify the occasion web site (accessible from Monday June 20). 

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