Event: A fantastic spectacle of lights “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival at Imperial Palace Chidori-ga-fuchi”

On July 29th and 30th, the famous “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival at Imperial Palace Chidori-ga-fuchi” will be held for two consecutive nights. During the event, 2000 “Lights of Hope” with everyone’s wishes written on them will float on the Chidori-ga-fuchi moat that surrounds the Imperial Palace. Create your own lantern and be a part of this beautiful summer night event!

Finally back!

The “Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival” takes place for the first time in 3 years.
With its roots in 1958, the festival was once held to heal the people’s despair after WW2. Originally, “Tourou Nagashi” (lantern floating) is a Japanese tradition for mourning the souls of the deceased. People let lanterns float on the surface of the ocean or rivers. It’s a summer tradition.

In recent years, the event in Chiyoda City was canceled due to Covid-19. Now, it will be revived for the first time in 3 years. Each lantern represents a person’s wish or feeling. This year’s event is thought to create hope for a better tomorrow and to be a healing experience for everyone.

Interested in what the event looks like? This is a video of the last time the event took place in 2019:

Create a lantern!

Enjoying the romantic sight of the floating lanterns is one way to take part in the festival. If you want to go one step further and really emerge yourself into the event, be sure to purchase a “Kibou no tourou” (Lantern of Hope) at the venue and write your wishes directly onto the lantern. Staff will let the lanterns flow.
“Kibou no tourou” can be purchased in advance at the Chiyoda Ward Tourist Information Center or the venue on the day of the event.

Handwritten wishes (2019). This year’s lantern design has been renewed!
Chiyoda City Tourist Information Center:

Reception period: June 20th (Monday) -July 28th (Thursday) 10:00-18:00
Participation fee: 1,000 yen per lantern
Location: 1-6-17 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ryUdYj8BwXZXFnXQ6

Near Chidori-ga-fuchi Boat Pier Office:

Reception period: July 29th (Friday) and 30th (Saturday) from 17:00 – 19:00
Participation fee: 1,000 yen per lantern

Participate from your home!

This year, you can purchase “Kibou no Tourou” lanterns online, too! Instead of writing your wishes, choose one of the three designs. The event staff will release your lantern on the day of the event.

What do you wish for?
Online purchase (until July 28th):


In addition, this year we are planning an Instagram LIVE on July 29th (Friday) to share the atmosphere of the event venue with everyone. If you are attending from home, please check it out!

Instagram LIVE

<Part 1> 17: 30
<Part 2> 19: 00 * Canceled in case of rain
Chiyoda City Tourism Association Official Instagram:

Chiyoda City Floating Lantern Festival at Imperial Palace Chidori-ga-fuchi

Location: Chidori-ga-fuchi Boat Pier (2, Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) to Kudanzaka Park (2-2-18, Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jkxKvv5CMUrvaiDJA
Date and time: July 29th (Friday) and 30th (Saturday), 2022, 19:00-20:00
Nearest Stations: Kudanshita Station, Hanzomon Station