A summer must-see: The magical lights drifting on the Edo Castle’s moat – “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival” on July 26th

Japan’s summers are hot. That’s a fact. During the daytime, the intensive sunshine makes you sweat even more. Maybe that’s the reason why many exciting summer events take place after sunset. “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival” (Noryo no Yube) is one of them. It’s a romantic festival of lights with lanterns floating on the moat of the Imperial Palace and a free live concert with Japanese instruments.

The biggest attraction of the popular event “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival” which is held every year is the many lanterns. “Toro-nagashi” is a tradition unique to Japan. Candle-lit lanterns with wishes written on them and sometimes offering are released into the sea and rivers as memorials of the ancestors. The lanterns are prayers for peace.

At the night of the event, the staff will release 300 lanterns of the first 300 guests to purchase a lantern into the water of the moat. Last year, many tourists from all over the world and foreign residents joined the Japanese participants and wrote messages of hope and wishes on lanterns. You too are very welcome to join the event! The “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival” will be a beautiful memory of your Japan trip for sure! (1 lantern is 1,000 yen)

The view of the numerous lantern lights floating on the water surface is exceptional and very romantic. “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival” is a calm and sentimental event.

※ The application period for renting boats during this event has ended.
But if you like, you can rent a boat any time from spring until fall and see the seasons change from a unique perspective. (Watch our boat video!)

Last year’s concert

Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival

HP: https://visit-chiyoda.tokyo/app/event/
Date: July 26, 2019 (Fri) ※ In case of stormy weather, the event will be postponed to the 27th (Sat)
Time: 19:00 to 20:20 (Lantern will be sold from 17:30 to 19:30)
Venue: Chidori-ga-fuchi Boat Pier (2-saki Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FwLLzc4rS2MG3J2P6
Nearest stations: Kudanshita Station, Hanzomon Station