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

Born East of the Wall and South of Berlin, I am celebrating my 15th year anniversary in Japan in May 2020, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the beautiful Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home.I have been a JapanTravel Partner since the conception of the platform in 2011! In Tokyo I worked in market research at AIP Corporation and in business education at JMEC. For the last 10 years I have been a guide for foreign visitors at Venture Japan, on top of being a Freelance Writer and a Business Researcher.  Apart from work, I trained at the Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo and at the Oedo Sukeroku Taiko Dojo for several years each, and I ran the 1st Tokyo Marathon and enjoyed cycling around Tokyo. During the last 10 years I am working with local authorities to improve their hospitality to foreign visitors and I have participated in many monitors as a media representative.  My current interest is in Japanese nature and spirituality. I love spending time in the forest and mountains, and I love visiting temples and shrines.   I am a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails  and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and licensed guide for Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy).  As a guide for walking tours, I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail and the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage trail.  Being grounded during this COVID-19 crisis, I enjoy gardening, baking bread in my new Japanese bread-maker and going for walks around 'my' village.  Take care, keep well, stay safe! 

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Elena Lisina 3 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 :)