The tourou (a type of lantern) is one of Japan’s traditional lighting implements. In this festival, two giant lanterns, nicknamed “castles in the sky that never sleep,” are carried around the town accompanied by drumming, flute-playing, and shouts of encouragement. These lanterns are assembled specifically for the festival and cannot be viewed at any other time. During hands-on time, you can try hitting the taiko drums and take commemorative photos in front of the giant lanterns. For those who want to leisurely watch the event, spectator seating (chairs) are available for a fee. Applications are also accepted for those who want to participate in the festival by pulling joukakugata tourou (the giant castle-shaped lantern) (advance reservation required).
- ▼Festival viewing plan
(Includes dinner at Kaneyu, special spectator seats, and original souvenir gift)
▼Lantern float-pulling experience
- Opening Times
- 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Year-end and New Year Holidays (December 29 - January 3)
- [Festival viewing]
6:00pm - 9:00pm
4:00pm - 9:30pm
- COVID-19 Prevention Measures: Limiting or guiding visitors, providing hand sanitizing equipment, wearing masks, ventilating indoor spaces, implementing temperature checks, etc.
- Noshiro Tourism Association (NPO)
- Telephone Number