Lantern Floating is a Japanese summer-end tradition coinciding with obon, a period of honoring ancestors and those who passed away. People offer prayers and remembrances to ancestors and loved ones.
Mt. Fuji Lantern Floating at Lake Kawaguchiko has a history of 42 years since first being held in 1981. It is a ceremony where all can come together for a personal and collective moment of remembrance, reflection, and offering gratitude to those who have gone before us. All are welcome to float their own lanterns inscribed with personal messages.
This year, more than 1,200 lanterns will be dedicated to carry prayers and hopes for a world of harmony and peace.
You are invited to build and float your own personal lantern as you share your hopes for a world of harmony and peace. You can write on the lanterns personal messages to people you love, your individual dreams and aspirations, or your hopes for the world – anything that comes to mind. Collectively, the lights of the lanterns will carry these wishes and messages out onto the serene lake.
Please feel free to stop by the Lantern Request Tent from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We offer one lantern per family or group on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is free, and any voluntary donations received on the event day will go to help local communities.
Please check the timetable on the official Fujikyuko Bus website for general route buses.
Kawaguchiko Station: Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus
RED LINE Platform No.1
Getting there: Kawaguchiko Station ⇒ Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center
Coming back: Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center ⇒ Kawaguchiko Station
Approx. 20-30 min. (Times may vary depending on traffic conditions.)
One way: 490yen
Timetable is available from the official website here.
Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus