Higashiyama Hanatouro東山花灯路


Crowds arrive for Hanatouro at Higashiyama.

A view of Higashiyama during Hanatouro.

In early to mid-March, the entire Higashiyama area in eastern Kyoto gears up for the fun-filled night event known as the Higashiyama Hanatouro. A chance for tourists to enjoy what Higashiyama has to offer after dark when temples and stores in this traditional area are usually closed, the Higashiyama Hanatouro is held for ten days. The lights turn on at 6 pm and last until 9:30 pm, with lanterns lighting the paths all the way from the historical Shōren-in temple in northern Higashiyama to the world-famous Kiyomizu-dera temple to the south.  Not only do several shrines and temples offer special night admissions and illuminated gardens and buildings, but a lot of the event can be enjoyed for free simply by strolling through the area and admiring artwork created by local students, stunning living flower arrangements, and various performances such as maiko dances and a fox bride procession.

A single night wasn't enough for us to see everything the Hanatouro had to offer, so you can be sure it will leave you wanting more!  Check the Kyoto Hanatouro English website for more information and watch for updates when next year's event rolls around so you can come and enjoy as well! 

Things to See/Do

  • Food Stalls

  • Geisha Performance

  • Period Costume

  • Parade

  • Illumination

  • Ikebana


Consult the official Hanatouro website here.

Notice: The 2021 event was canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Maruyama Park


〒605-0071 京都府京都市東山区円山町473

TEL 075-561-1350


  • General Admission: Free


  • Business Hours: All day
  • Closed: No closing days