Festivals & Events
Takeo Bamboo Lantern Festival 清水竹灯り
Carved bamboo illuminated from within, dotted along a green path to a waterfall
Kiyomizu Falls is a special place to visit at any time of the year. However, during the third week of November, it transforms into a nighttime wonderland. Thousands of bamboo lanterns lit by candles dot the entire landscape during the Takeo Bamboo Lantern Festival, creating an ethereal atmosphere.
- The elaborate layout of the bamboo lighting, making it seem in places like a light painting
- The traditional Japanese motifs, urban and rural landscapes, and completely original designs
How to Get There
The Takeo Bamboo Lantern Festival takes place at Kiyomizu Falls , near JR Ogi Station, and can be reached by train and then shuttle bus, or by car.
From JR Saga Station, take the JR Karatsu Line bound for Nihishikaratsu to JR Ogi Station. Walk 10 minutes to Ogi Park, from where you can take a free shuttle bus to the festival location.
Alternatively, by car, Ogi is 25 minutes from the Saga Yamato IC interchange on the Nagasaki expressway, via Route 48.
The bamboo lanterns of the festival are hand carved, and the designs are varied in shape and style, carved by many different artists from the area. They range from traditional Japanese motifs, urban and rural landscapes, to completely original designs.
The illuminated path
The lanterns are placed along the valley leading to Kiyomizu Falls . Make your way through the winding paths with thousands of intricately carved lanterns to guide you. When you reach the waterfall, you will find it aglow with green lighting. The seclusion of the setting only enhances the otherworldly mood.
The pathway finishes at an outdoor vendor site encircling a massive bonfire. The merchants offer food, gifts and local produce for sale. Be sure to try the handmade shogayu, which is a hot ginger beverage that will warm you up on a cool November evening.
Enjoy the company
Crowd sizes vary depending on which night you attend. Naturally, weeknights are less crowded than the weekend, with the last night being the most densely packed.