Nagasaki Lantern Festival
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
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This winter event in Nagasaki is held from the 1st through the 15th of the first month of the traditional Japanese calendar. The entire area centered on Nagasaki Chinatown is decorated with more than 15,000 vividly colored Chinese paper lanterns and various illuminated art objects both large and small. Originally a New Year festival celebrated by Chinese residents of Nagasaki, the scale of the celebrations was expanded in 1994, and it became famous nationwide. There are many events with a rich traditional Chinese flavor, including the dragon dances (a Chinese ritual to pray for rain), erhu ( a stringed instrument) concerts, Chinese acrobatics, Chinese mask shows, and the magnificent Emperor's Parade. It boasts as many as 1 million visitors.
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AndraYo
Tokyo, Japan1,425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This Lantern Festival in Nagasaki, the major Chinese New Year's Celebration is based on Chinese traditions but with a Japanese slant. Floats, exhibits, events, special foods, and colorful Decorations Galore- fun for the Whole Family! Would definitely plan to go again.
Be sure to check the dates because every year is a different date.
Written 10 September 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,917 contributions
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Feb 2020
I traveled down to Nagasaki for the Lantern Festival and it did not disappoint. First, Nagasaki is a great city with a lot to offer. The Lantern Festival just adds so much more to the city especially at night. They really go all out here in the China Town district. For days they have events going on both during the day and at night. There was a pamphlet that had the locations and times of specific events. My favorite was just walking around China Town looking at the lanterns and trying street food. For photographers, this is heaven, especially at night. Some of the temples charge a fee, to enter and see specific events, but the majority of the events are free. The lantern festival was much bigger then I expected, I had such a fabulous weekend here in Nagasaki.
Written 6 February 2020
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cecilykko
Hong Kong, China50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
It was crowded on a Friday night. Lots of lantern and I was able to take some very nice photos. It was a surprise for us to stumble on this lantern festival. We didn’t know about this festival when we booked our trip. Pretty glad that we were able to attend this lantern festival.
Written 2 February 2020
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GIT
Melbourne, Australia464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were here for the lunar new year and surprised that the Japanese also celebrate the new year. In Chinatown, lots of people enjoyed the beautiful lightings to usher in the new year. Highly recommended if you are in Nagasaki.
Written 25 January 2020
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CatherineBulg
Moscow, Russia164 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Friends
Amazing atmosphere, lots and lots (!) of colorful decorations, some of which are of grand scale! The decors in Chuo park were most spectacular, as well as those installed along the river! It all starts at the railway station of Nagasaki! You’ll need several hours just to see them all! Plus, don’t miss cultural events, such as Dragon dance and Chinese opera! I would recommend to stay in Nagasaki at least for two days to have enough time to enjoy the festival!
If you can’t come there on weekend when parades take place, don’t get discouraged: we’ve been there in the middle of the week, and are very content with our two-days trip, because there are many other interesting performances and we could see and take pictures of lantern decorations without any disturbances. I was told by the locals that on weekends he Chinese Lantern Festival gets really crowded! We, on the other hand, had a unexpected experience to be almost only Westerners visiting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Very authentic! Besides, you can easily get nice and affordable lodging on weekdays.

By the way, during the daytime, I would highly recommend visiting the Dejima island museum, temples and port!
Written 27 April 2019
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Couples
We happened to be in town for the last night of the festival. No wonder we had difficulty getting a hotel reservation! The event itself was amazing, totally wonderful.

In the afternoon, we saw people posing in front of static displays of lanterns on a bridge at the entrance to Chinatown. A fun place for pictures we thought, and joined in. Then we noticed the lanterns in the river, strings of them, but not yet lit.

Come evening, we could see the lit lanterns stretched the length of the river. There was a throbbing of drum beats from Chinatown and throngs of people from every direction.

We followed the crowds and drums into Chinatown, where, in a stadium, we saw dragons representing various schools and colleges doing battle. Colourful, exciting, noisy, and we felt totally safe throughout.

Later, we surged out of the stadium with the crowd and find ourselves at a Chinese shrine in a park, surrounded by lanterns and candles. Lots to see and photograph. The crowds began to thin.

Of course, there were lots of places to eat, stalls in addition to regular restaurants.

How lucky we were to see this. Thrilling.
Written 22 April 2019
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fismi
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
You must to visit Nagasaki Lantern Festival because this is the biggest lantern festival in Japan. You can see various shapes of lantern lighten up the city. You can also to buy souvenir and try local foods at this festival.
Written 30 March 2018
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Willow888
Melbourne, Australia827 contributions
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Feb 2017 • Couples
It is a must visit festival if you are around Kyushu area during Chinese New Year. It is 15 days event that will take place from first day of CNY, closed with Emperor Parade, acrobatic, dragon dance, lion dance music and dance. During the event, Nagasaki Sinchi Chinatown and surrounding parts of the city centre are decorated with around 15,000 chinese lanterns, painting Nagasaki in the glorious cultures, stories and colors of china. We spend two whole days viewing, photographing and enjoying small, medium, large and giant lanterns on display.
Written 11 February 2017
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ハイク
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan2,597 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Family
Attracted by the light of the lanterns, I walked around the venue. There was a lot to see, with colorful decorations, and the red, pink, and yellow lanterns reflected and swaying on the river's surface... it was beautiful. I went on a weekday, so the events in Minato Park, the gourmet spots, and the souvenir shops were empty and it was easy to see. The shops in Chinatown were closed, and there were stalls selling pigeon buns, pork buns, and other items. There weren't many lines, so it was easy to walk around. I had planned to have dinner at a Chinese restaurant, but everything was closed except for family restaurants, fast food restaurants, and ramen shops. While I was eating dinner at a family restaurant, I saw a dragon marching through the window. It was all festival-like and fun.
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Written 29 February 2024
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281hiro
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Shinchi Chinatown is very crowded at this time of year. There are long lines at restaurants, even at the food stalls. I recommend making a reservation or having dinner in Nagasaki city. The Nagasaki Bus Lantern Night Tour is an open-top bus, so it's hard to take photos because of the reflections on the windows. I imagined it to be like an open-top bus in Hong Kong, but it was different from what I expected. There is a guide on board, but it's no different from going around on a city bus or tram. Not worth the 2,000 yen.
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Written 19 February 2024
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