Noto’s Kiriko Festivals

What Nebuta is to Aomori, Kiriko is to Noto

By Alena Eckelmann    - 1 min read

Kiriko are large lanterns that are carried around during summer festivals on the Noto Peninsula. There are said to be 800-900 Kiriko lanterns on Noto. Kiriko usually accompany Mikoshi (portable shrines) during these festivals. About 180 Kiriko festivals are staged on Noto from July to September. There are 30 Kiriko festivals in Wajima City alone.

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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Founder of Kii Monogatari, my story and the story of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. Originally from East Germany, I came to Tokyo, via Berlin and London, in 2005. In summer 2011 I moved by choice to remote Kumano in the south of the Kii Peninsula where I live, work and play now, and explore every day.The whole of the Kii Peninsula is a Healing Hub for me with its abundance of forest, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, the ocean, friendly rural communities and sacred places. This is where nature meets spirituality, and tradition meets sustainability, the new paradigm for travel post-pandemic. My deep interest is in Japanese nature & spirituality. I love being in nature, in the forest and in the mountains, and I love spending time at temples and shrines.  I am building my life and my work around these two passions. I am a Licensed Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy) Guide and a Licensed Kumano Kodo and Koyasan Guide. I am also a Licensed Retreat Facilitator and I am planning retreats on the Kii Peninsula. Last but not least, I have been the Japan Travel Partner for Wakayama and Yamagata since the conception of the platform in 2011! These two prefectures are close to my heart because they are the centers of Shugendo, a spiritual tradition of mountain ascetism. I am a Shugendo Practitioner for over ten years now and received Tokudo in 2016 at a Shugendo temple on Yoshinoyama. Please kindly connect via my Facebook Page Kii Monogatari. Take care, keep well, stay safe! 

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Elena Lisina 4 years ago
Bonson Lam 5 years ago
What a great find! I haven't seen Kiriko or Nebuta in person, so this will be a great idea for my next trip!
Mandy Bartok 5 years ago
Gorgeous! I've never heard of kiriko. But now that I have done nebuta, this will definitely be next on my list!
Victoria Vlisides 5 years ago
Wow! I have never seen lanterns that big. What a sight :)