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Hattasan Festival of Lanterns

Hattasan Festival of Lanterns "Mantousai",
where thousands of lanterns create a magical sight


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Monday, Jul. 9th, Tuesday, Jul. 10th, 2018

At Hattasan, July 10 is known as the most blessed day of the year, and since long ago the 'Festival of Lanterns' has been held on July 9-10 each year. Thousands of lanterns are presented in front of the main temple building, creating a fantastic spectacle that is well worth seeing.

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In the area in front of the main temple building, prayers are held to ward off evil spirits from Hozuki City. Those who have finished praying then buy potted hozuki plants, crowding the square. Hozuki is a perennial plant from the nightshade family which produces a red fruit. In Hattasan, where red symbolizes protection against evil, the plants act as a talisman.

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Many kinds of typical festival events are held in the temple grounds. You can enjoy entertainment such as hula dances, a magic show, and Rakugo -- a form of comic storytelling -- as well as delicious local food.

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Extra direct buses to Hattasan on July 9-10.

Bus boarding point : JR Fukuroi Station North exit, The 2nd Pole for buses toward Hattasan

★Red time table is a extra direct buses.
JR Fukuroi Station → Hattasan
Mon. - Fri. Sat. Sun.
6am
7am 10
8am 20 10
9am 15 13
10am 13 13
11am 43 13
12am
1pm 35 13
2pm
3pm 05 13
4pm
5pm 33 13
6pm 05, 40
7pm
8pm
9pm
Hattasan → JR Fukuroi Station
Mon. - Fri. Sat. Sun.
6am 26
7am 30
8am 39 30
9am 35 33
10am 33 33
11am 58 33
12am
1pm 50 33
2pm
3pm 20 33
4pm
5pm 33
6pm
7pm
8pm 30
9pm 00
*As of April 1st, 2018

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