"Somehow or other, please ease the pestilence in the village. Even if the village is reduced to three houses the lantern festival will be kept up," the villagers pleaded to the gods. To this day, the "Shimizu Lantern Festival" is held every year to honor that promise. It is said that votive lantern festivals were once very common throughout this area, but now only this one remains. Akin to the religious festival held at Tsushima Shrine in Tsushima City, Aichi Prefecture, the villagers all appear together to tow festival floats decorated with lanterns to the shrine. To the traditional accompaniment of flutes and drums, the darkness is faintly illuminated by the beautiful glow of lanterns in a spectacle that will profoundly etch itself onto your heart. At the end, there's a surprise! The moment the flutes and drums stop, the spectators make a rush for the lanterns and decorations. Why is that? Because people take the sasa bamboo grass and lanterns home to adorn their houses in the belief that it prevents them from getting sick during the summer.
Matsushita 29, Nishinagura, Shitara Town
Days / Hours
- Every year on June 30
Around 19:00 to around 21:00
- Neighboring Facilities
- Roadside Station Agri Station Nagura
Get directions on Google Maps
- From Toyokawa I.C., drive on National Route 151 and Route 257 for approx. 80 min.
Past Roadside Station Agri Station Nagura, right by the Shitara municipal bus Shimizu stop.
From Nagoya I.C., drive on Sanage Green Road, National Route 151, and Route 257 for approx. 80 min.
It's approx. 10 min. away from Roadside Station Donguri no Sato Inabu.