Buddhist Lantern Festival

Ten thousand candles light up the ground of this East Kanto branch temple of Yakushi-ji Temple, a world heritage. Held both in mid-August and on New Year’s Eve, the event can be both beautiful and solemn, and visitors of all religious persuasions are welcome. Particularly at the end-of-year event, people are encouraged to give thanks for the past year and make wishes for the next.

Mid-August (exact dates vary year to year), December 31 (New Year's Eve)
Cho-on-ji Temple (10 min. by taxi from Itako Station)