The Kiyomizu Take Akari is a lantern festival that takes place annually at Kiyomizu Waterfall in Ogi City during the third week of November, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The entrance fee is 500 yen. This comes highly recommended. Just visiting the waterfall anytime of the year is a special trip; but to see it illuminated by thousands of colored and carved bamboo lanterns is something that has to be seen first hand. These photos do little justice to the beauty and ambience of the experience; but I hope at the very the least, they'll provide a snapshot of this unique event.
清水竹灯り—Kiyomizu Take Akari—Kiyomizu Bamboo Light Festival
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I currently reside in Saga Prefecture. Before landing here in 2013, I'd been traveling to Japan since 2004 for both vacation as well as family visits. Since then, I've been fortunate to travel about and see much of this remarkable coutry. Although my interests are quite eclectic, I've always had a distinct fascination with old Japan. I suppose this began as a young boy brought up on a steady diet of samurai and ninja films. However, many years later, that interest deepened, surpassing romanticized curiosity. I have sufficient knowledge of Japanese history and culture and make it a point to visit various castles, temples, and other interesting placeswhenever I travel. It is my objective to be able to share some of that experience with you in hopes of inspiring you to visit a particular place or at least provide you with some peripheral knowledge about places you've already been. Safe travels and always remember: "The map is not the territory" - Alfred Korzybski