Jul 24
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Jul 25

Chidorigafuchi Moat Lantern Floating Festival

★ Staff recommendation
4:30pm – 8:00pm
Free

Chidorigafuchi Moat is stunning during cherry blossoms season, but it also lights up for this annual lantern floating festival known as Tōrō Nagashi.

What happens?

Around 2,000 lanterns will travel down Chidorigafuchi Moat, near the Imperial Palace, as the sun sets. The lanterns contain hopes and wishes for peace. The festival began in 1958 in order to lift up morale after the war.

Boat rides and lanterns

Boat rides on the days in question cost ¥10,000 per boat (incl. three lanterns) — double the price of last year — but can only be booked through a lottery. Enter from June 20 to June 27 and results will be announced around July 4.

You can also just choose to purchase a lantern for ¥2,000. This year, you must reserve one in advance (between June 20 and July 22) and then write on it at the venue. Note that you won’t personally get to float the lantern.

How to get there

Near the boat pier along Chidorigafuchi Moat.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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