2018 UDA Sky Lantern Festival

Write a wish and release the lantern into the sky!

2018 UDA Sky Lantern Festival’ will be a nice summer night festival you can join with your family and friends. Get a lantern, write a wish, and release a lantern into the night sky! Hundreds of lanterns floating into the sky will be quite spectacular scenery! A variety of local food stalls available too. Enjoy a whimsical night in Uda, a beautiful countryside situated in northeastern Nara Prefecture, only 45 minutes by train from Nara City. Admission free, but if you wish to launch your own lantern, get a ticket (1500 yen) at the booth within the venue from 2:00 p.m. on the day (Limited 500 lanterns). Accepts cash only.

  • Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
  • Place: Uda City Haibara Sougou Taiikukan (宇陀市立榛原総合体育館/Uda City Haibara General Gymnasium) and its athletic ground (see map below)
  • How to Get There: Free shuttle bus available from Kintetsu Haibara Station.
  • Parking: Uda City Haibara Sougou Taiikukan (宇陀市立榛原総合体育館/Uda City Haibara General Gymnasium)

‘Sky lantern’ originated from Thailand and China, and has been traditionally used in festivals in Asia and Europe. It gained popularity recently in Japan as well, through its use in a Disney film, ‘Tangled’.

This ‘Sky Lantern’ project was created by young local people with the aim of helping revitalize regional development. Join this festival and explore beautiful Uda!