Tomoe River
Lantern Floating Festival



A traditional nighttime event is held every year on July 16 in the Tomoe River and surrounding areas of Shimizu Ward, boasting a tradition of over 250 years. Although the event was temporarily canceled, it was revived in 1934. After that, the event was canceled in 1973 due to pollution problems in the river, but was revived again in 1984 and has been since then carried on by the citizens. Lanterns are floated down the Tomoe River from five sink sites, praying for the safety of their families, good health, and love for their deceased ancestors. Each district also holds various events such as musical performances, food stalls, fireworks, and lights. The warm-colored lights flickering on the surface of the river in the deep darkness create a tranquil and mysterious atmosphere.




Nighttime access Public transportation: 10 minutes’ walk from JR Shimizu Station or Shizutetsu (Shizuoka Railway) Shin-Shimizu Station.
Address From Ejiri-cho to Shimizu-cho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
Contact Us 054-353-3401(Shimizu Tomoe River Lantern Festival Executive Committee)
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