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Higashiyama Hanatoro 2020: the absolute guide 東山花灯路

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What is Higashiyama Hanatoro? 東山花灯路とは?

Overview

東山花灯路

Higashiyama Hanatoro is a series of night illumination in Higashiyama district. It focuses on “Akari (灯り).” The word is usually translated as “light” but it actually means “subtle, warm light” in Japanese language.

Now let us make a small inspection on the video.

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Attention!

This article is written on Higashiyama Hanatoro 2019.

Is Higashiyama Hanatoro crowded?

Except week-ends, we don’t have many visitors.

たけちよ
たけちよ

We can enjoy early spring in Kyoto in calmness.

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The events of Higashiyama Hanator 2019

Attention: The following photos and information

Akari to Hanano michi「灯りと花の路」

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During Higashiyama Hanatoro, streets and paths are illuminated with LED lanterns. These lanterns are made of Washi, the Japanese paper, bamboo, and woods.

東山花灯路2017東山花灯路2017・八坂の塔

The photo above is my favorite place in Higashiyama. It is near Ninenzaka. If you climbed down the street, you could see Yasaka pagoda. It reminds us of the 1st Higashiyama Hanatoro held 16 years ago.

Ikebana promenade「いけばなプロムナード」

東山花灯路いけばなプロムナード

Kyoto Ikebana kyokai presents us lots of Ikebana along the streets. Ikebana may be common thing in Japan but we don’t have see it illuminated on the streets usually.

In 2019, we have two exhibitions: From March 8th to 12th and from 13th to 17th. We can enjoy different Ikebana in each period.

Modern Ikebana 「現代いけばな展」

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At Maruyama park, we can also enjoy Ikebana. As Ikebana promenade, we have two  exhibitions: From March 8th to 12th and from 13th to 17th. We can enjoy different Ikebana in each period.

Maiko san dance「舞妓による奉納舞踊」

東山花灯路2018舞妓さんの舞/Maiko dance dedication

At Yasaka shrine, Maiko san dedicate their dances to the Deities of Yasaka shrine on March 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, and 17th. Their dedication begin at 18:30、19:00、19:30 each day.

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Omachi shitemasu.

Aokusu no niwa あおくすの庭

東山花灯路2017あおくすの庭東山花灯路2017あおくすの庭

It is a small garden located near Shorenin temple. It is so quiet place with small lanterns.

Sakuhana Andon サクハナ行灯

サクハナ行灯サクハナ行灯

In Aokusu no niwa, there ara illuminated tubes. We put cherry blossom shaped pieces of paper on them. On the paper, we right down our hope. The words on the photo say “May each one’s small happiness embrace the world.”

University students works 大学の街京都・伝統の灯り展

大学の街京都・伝統の灯り展

An exhibition of university students art works at Otani Sando.

March of children 火の用心・お囃子組

Elementary school children parade from Shorenin at 18:00 and arrives Kiyomizu-dera temple at 20:15 and play Hanaichi monme, a popular play among Japanese kids.

Oekaki lantern お絵かき行灯

おえかき行灯

At Kodaiji koen park, we can make original lantern.

Incense  香りのさんぽ路

At Kodaiji and other five places in Higashiyama Hanatoro, you will taste incense burnt. If you found the same one burnt in Kodaiji, you would have a gift named “Kaori no shiori (fragrant bookmark).”

東山花灯路 de 「花咲想(はなさかそう)」

Takii Syubyo co., gives us seed of flowers.

Awata Daitoro「粟田大燈呂」

粟田大燈路粟田大燈呂

粟田大燈呂2018東山花灯路

粟田大燈呂2018/Awatadaitoro

Awata Daitoro is a huge lanterns we enjoy in Awatasai of Awata shrine. At Maruyama park, an exhibition of the last year’s lanterns is held at Maruyama park.

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Shrines and temples illuminated 寺社仏閣のライトアップ・特別拝観

Overview

During Higashiyama Hanatoro period, Shinto shinres and Buddhist temples are illuminated.

Attention: Open hours, entrance fee, etc, are subject to be changed.

Kiyomizudera temple 清水寺

清水寺のライトアップ

Kiyomizudera temple offers us night visit and illumination.

Before the renovation, Kiyomizudera temple looked like this.

東山花灯路2017・清水寺東山花灯路2017・清水寺

清水寺の紅葉工事中の清水寺

Now the main hall is under construction and it is covered with cage. The famous stage is also under construction but we can be there.

東山花灯路2017東山花灯路2017・清水寺

During Higashiyama Hanatoro period, we could admire plum blossoms.

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Kiyomizudera on Hanatoro

Open hours: 18:00~21:00

Entrance fee: 400 yen

Website: Kiyomizudera official

Yasaka pagoda 法観寺(八坂の塔)

東山花灯路2017・八坂の塔

Yasaka pagoda offers us illumination.

Open hours: 10:00~16:00

Entrance fee: 400 yen

Phone no. 075-551-2417

Website is not available.

Kodaiji temple 高台寺

Kodaiji offers us night time visit, illumination, and projection mapping.

Kodaiji always provides us with extraordinary projection mapping every single season.

げきすせん
げきすせん

Enjoy them!

In 2017,Yokai projection mapping was casted on the wall of coffee shop.

During the Hanatoro period, ROBOT KANNON teaches us HEART SUTRA.

For more info, see Kodaiji website (Japanese langauage only)合掌。

高台寺の竹林

Kodaiji has small bamboo forest.

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Kodaiji on Hanatoro

Open hours: 10:00〜21:30

Entrance fee: 600 yen

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ヒヒヒ

My recommendation: Special ticket for Kodaiji, Entokuin, and Syo musium: 900 yen

Phone no. 075-561-9966

Website: Kodaiji official

Entokuin 圓徳院

東山花灯路2017・圓徳院

Entokuin offers us night time visit, illumination. We experience Zen activities there FOR FREE!

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Entokuin on Hanatoro

Open hours: 10:00〜21:30

Entrance fee: 600 yen

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ヒヒヒ

Special ticket for Kodaiji, Entokuin, and Syo musium is also

available!

Phone no. 075-525-0101

Website:Entokuin official (English)

Ohtani Sobyo 大谷祖廟

東山花灯路2017・大谷祖廟

A passage to Ohtani Sobyo temple is illuninated.

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Along the passage, there are artworks.

Daiunin temple 大雲院(祇園閣)

大雲閣

It is not open to public except special occasion. During hanatoro, it is illuminated.

Yasaka shrine 八坂神社

Yasaka shrine at night夜の八坂神社

夜の八坂神社/Yasaka shrine at night

Yasaka shrine is open to us 24 hours a day with lamp posts.

We cannot find the portable shrines in the video during Hanatoro.

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Yasaka shrine on Hanatoro

Open hours: 24 hours

Entrance fee: Free

Phone no. 075-561-6155

Website:

Yasaka shrine official (English)

青蓮院

東山花灯路・青蓮院

Shorenin offers us night time visit and illumination. The illumination is excellent because it changes colors.

東山花灯路・青蓮院

We can enjoy tea admiring illuminated small pond.

東山花灯路・青蓮院東山花灯路・青蓮院

We can enjoy plum blossoms and bamboo, too.

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いちきしま ひめ

Shorenin on Hanatoro

Open hours: 10:00〜21:30

Entrance fee: 800 yen

Phone no. 075-561-2345

Shorenin official (English)

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Kitsune no Yomeiri 狐の嫁入り巡行

狐の嫁入り狐の嫁入り・2017

“Kitsune no Yomeiri” means supernatural phenomenon in which we see a string of fire. In ancient time, a family of bridegroom welcomed a bride with many lanterns. The phenomenon was so mysterious that ancient people thought a fox family welcomed a fox bride.

Higashiyama Hanatoro has “Fox bride parade” 2 times a day during the period.

This is a route of the parade. It starts at Chionin (the red paw) to Kodaiji temple (the blue paw).

19:00/20:00 at the red alien 知恩院三門前出発

狐の嫁入り・2017

In front of the Sanmon gate of Chonin temple, the parade departs.

19:20/20:20頃 At the blue alien 円山公園音楽堂付近

狐の嫁入り・2017狐の嫁入り・2017

This is the most recommended place to see the parade. You can enjoy the parade in mysterious atmosphere.

19:30/20:00頃 The orange alien 春光院前

狐の嫁入り・2017

It is a small hill and you can see whole parade there.

19:40/20:40頃 At Kodaiji temple 高台寺到着

狐の嫁入り・2017

狐の嫁入り・2017狐の嫁入り・2017高台寺天満宮

狐の嫁入り・2017

She prays at Kodaiji tenmangu shrine and goes to Kodaiji temple.

19:40/20:40~  At the blue kettle 湖月茶屋

At the blue kettle in the map, there is a tea house called Kogetysu chaya. Enjoy Japanese sweets there!

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How to get to Higashiyama Hanatoro? 東山花灯路への行き方

Kyoto city bus 市バス

To Yasaka shrine, about 15 minutes walk from Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop. To avoid crowds, I don’t recommend to you Gion, Kiyomizumichi and other bus stop located near Hanatoro area.

Kyoto city subway 地下鉄

To Shorenin, about five minutes walk form Higashiyama station.

市営地下鉄東西線東山駅下車し、徒歩約15分で知恩院へ。

Hankyu railways 阪急

To Yasaka shrine, about 15 minutes walk from Kawaramachi station.

京阪

To Yasaka shrine, about 15 minutes walk from Gion Shijo station.

自動車

高台寺に駐車場がありますが、混雑します。

その他、付近には清水坂観光駐車場、円山公園駐車場がありますが、ここも混みます。

すこし離れた場所に岡崎公園駐車場があります。徒歩で青蓮院まで15分くらいです。岡崎ループという系統で平安神宮から青蓮院前まで行けますが、18:12発が最終です。歩いても構わないのであればここが良いでしょう。

おすすめは京都市御池地下駐車場です。京都市役所前駅から地下鉄東西線に乗り、東山駅で降りるとよいでしょう。



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