Festivals & Events
A stone’s throw from the sparkling Chita Bay in Aichi Prefecture, the giant lanterns of the Dai-Chochin Festival are unique examples of long standing tradition and artistry.
Suwa Shrine is a 10-minute walk from Mikawa-Ishiki Bus Stop.
From Meitetsu Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu Nishiosen Line to Nishio. From there, it is a 20-minute bus ride.
Although the festival is in full swing throughout the day, the real magic happens at dusk when meter-tall candles are hoisted into giant lanterns.
With its origins in a Shinto practice to ward off sea demons, visitors can witness how the festival has grown and incorporated its history into a spellbinding demonstration of local artistry.
Each of the lanterns, some as tall as 10 meters, is decorated with colorful scenes from Japanese myths and legends. As the lanterns are lit, each tale come to life amid the vibrant party atmosphere.
The Dai-Chochin Festival is held on August 26 and 27 each year. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and the candles are lit at 7 p.m. The lanterns are then lowered at 5 p.m. on the second day.
On the third Saturday and Sunday of August, Miyoshi City holds its own Dai-Chochin Matsuri at Miyoshi Inarikaku Manpukuji Temple. Though it has fewer lanterns, visitors can enjoy a lovely fireworks display on Sunday.