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Arashiyama Hanatoro: A Romantic Illumination Event In Kyoto! 2017
  • Arashiyama Hanatoro: A Romantic Illumination Event In Kyoto! 2017

Arashiyama Hanatoro: A Romantic Illumination Event In Kyoto! 2017

Kyoto 2017.12.17

We’ll introduce the winter illumination event Arashiyama Hanatoro, which illuminates popular spots in the famous Arashiyama, Kyoto. We recommend a night in Kyoto during Arashiyama Hanatoro which you won’t get tired of after just one night.

Translated by Sandy Lau

Written by Ori

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This article will introduce Arashiyama Hanatoro, the next major event in Kyoto after the autumn leaves have fallen. Famous landmarks in Arashiyama, such as Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Forest Walkways, will be illuminated while several Japanese lanterns and gigantic flower arrangement creations will be on display along the roads.

Shrines in the Arashiyama district will also allow special night visits. A winter in Kyoto full of events, to the point where you will feel like you don't have enough time to experience them all, is awaiting your arrival!

About Arashiyama Hanatoro

Arashiyama Hanatoro is an event where famous Kyoto sightseeing spots such as Arashiyama and Saga are illuminated. It is an annual event that began in 2005 and takes place in the middle of December every year.

What we’d like you to experience is that magical atmosphere. Although Arashiyama and Saga are areas where you can enjoy both beautiful natural landscapes and cultural heritage, you are able to further experience the Japanese spirit with the illuminating of these two areas.

Please look for the shapes that mysteriously emerge when Togetsukyo Bridge and the Bamboo Forest Walkways, two symbols of Arashiyama, are illuminated.

For information about the usual scenery in Arashiyama, please check out the articles A Kyotoite’s Recommended Travel Route For Saga And Arashiyama and Take The Romantic Sagano Rail To See Early Summer In Arashiyama, Kyoto.

The Light and Blossoms Pathway covers a total length of approximately 5km. All sorts of various light lanterns will be placed along the pathway and each lantern is lit at varying brightness settings.

You can enjoy a Japanese-like aesthetic and romantic atmosphere here, so it would be great to thoroughly enjoy the creations and beautiful scenery by yourself or visit the area on a date with friends or your significant other.

Next PageOn the next page, we’ll introduce other recommended spots.
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