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Furutone River Floating Lantern Festival

Lanterns fill Furutone River in this fantastical festival.

Festival/Event

250 of Japan's largest lanterns, as big as a tatami mattress, and mini lanterns cover Furutone River for 1km (0.6 mile) in this dreamy event. It’s also called the Milky Way Landed on Earth. Held in early August.

It began in the early Showa Period (around 1935). To promote Sugitomachi and Miyashiromachi, Ryutokai group planned an event to put lantern boats on Furutone River that runs between these two towns. It was suspended for a while and came back in 1990 as it is today.

All the lanterns are crafted by the town residents with wood pieces without a nail. Each carries a store name for PR. Besides anchoring and letting go of the lanterns, dances, folk songs, shamisen performances, and fireworks please visitors during the festival.

In recent years, it has been featured on TV, attracting many photographers and tourists. Yomiuri Newspaper’s book, “Must visit! 100 Japanese Scenic Treasures for 21st-Century Japan” spotlighted this festival.

Highlights

  • Japan’s largest lantern is as big as a tatami mattress.
  • Fantastic scene is called the Milky Way Landed on Earth.
  • Besides the lanterns, a variety of events are prepared.
  • Featured in “Must visit! 100 Japanese Scenic Treasures for 21st-Century Japan.”

Photos

  • Furutone River with a dreamy waterscape

    Furutone River with a dreamy waterscape

  • A bridge railing decorated with lanterns

    A bridge railing decorated with lanterns

  • Lanterns glow at night to create an out-of-the-world scene

    Lanterns glow at night to create an out-of-the-world scene

  • The climax of the event is the fireworks shot up above the water

    The climax of the event is the fireworks shot up above the water

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Details

Name in Japanese
古利根川流灯まつり
Address
Furutone River banks in Sugitomachi, Kita Katsushika-gun, Saitama (Furukawa Bridge - Seiji Bridge)
Telephone
0480-32-3719 (Sugitomachi Chamber of Commerce)
Admission
Free
Access
2-min walk from Tobu Tojo Line, Tobu-dobutsu-koen Station
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)