Lantern Festival, a picturesque Chinese event featuring 15,000 lanterns in the shape of various creatures along the streets lit up daily during the festival period. The highlight of this festival is Kotei-gyoretsu (a parade of Chinese emperor) and Maso-gyoretsu (a parade of the goddess of voyage). Chinese dragon dances and some other performing arts are also daily demonstrated at Chinatown, Chuo Park, Koshi-byo and other sites. Many other events are scheduled during the festival period.
Schedule & Key events:
● Feb. 9 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Kotei-gyoretsu from Chuo Park to Minato Park
● Feb. 10 1 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Maso-gyoretsu from Koshi-byo to Kofuku-ji Temple ● Feb. 16 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Kotei-gyoretsu from Chuo Park to Minato Park ● Feb. 17 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Maso-gyoretsu from Kofuku-ji Temple to Koshi-byo
Location: Chinatown, Chuo Park, Koshi-byo and others, Nagasaki, Nagasaki
Chinatown : JR Nagasaki Honsen Line to Nagasaki Sta. From there, take streetcar to Shinchi-Chukagai, and then walk 2 min.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.