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Things to do / Traditional festivals

Nagasaki: 2020 Nagasaki Lantern Festival

This photogenic event features 15,000 lit lanterns in the shape of various creatures displayed along the city streets. The highlight of this festival is Kotei-gyoretsu ("the parade of the Chinese emperor") and Maso-gyoretsu (a parade for 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:
● Jan. 26 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Maso-gyoretsu from Koshi-byo to Chuo Park ● Feb. 1 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Kotei-gyoretsu from Chuo Park to Minato Park ● Feb. 2 1:15 p.m.-4 p.m. Maso-gyoretsu from Chuo Park to Koshi-byo ● Feb. 8 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Kotei-gyoretsu from Chuo Park to Minato Park

Location: Chinatown, Chuo Park, Koshi-byo and others, Nagasaki, Nagasaki


Access:
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.