Arashiyama Hanatouro

Posted in Japan on 18 December, 2012 (13:49)

Arashiyama Hanatouro

The illuminations in Kobe aren’t the only great evening event happening in Kansai this winter. Yesterday Emma and I headed to Arashiyama, one of my favourite places to enjoy Arashiyama Hanatouro.

This event, which takes place across ten days in mid-December transforms night time Arashiyama into a bright landscape of lanterns and projections. Massive floodlights illuminate Togetsukyo bridge and Mt Arashiyama in an array of colours, and the famous bamboo groves turn into a maze of light. In total, around 5km of pathway around town are illuminated during this event.

Arriving at just before 7.30pm, we weren’t aware until we saw a poster that the illuminations ended in around an hour at 8.30pm, so we had to rush a bit to get around! Everything was still on after the promoted end time though.

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First stop: Horinji temple!

Arashiyama Hanatouro
The temple was illuminated with colourful projections, plus a traditional singer and musicians were performing to the crowd(Video below).

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After the performance, we headed back to town and into the bamboo groves.

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We headed into the grove and passed Nonomiya Shrine, blue, green and white spotlights lighting the way. The pictures don’t do it justice, it was eerily beautiful.

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I’ve visited Arashiyama a number of times, but seeing it illuminated at night was a great experience that made it feel like a completely different place.

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