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Lotuses and Lanterns at Shinobazu Pond

The video “TOKYO JAPAN Lotus Flowers in Tokyo Ueno park, lantern floating event at Shinobazu pond” (TOKYO JAPAN Lotus Flowers in Tokyo 上野公園・不忍池のハスと灯ろう流し 東京観光 花の名所案内), was created by “Discover Nippon.”

Lotuses blooming on Shinobazu pond at Ueno park in Taito, Tokyo is a popular summer sight. We'll talk about the beautiful lotuses at Shinobazu pond as well as sightseeing information around the area.
In the video, you can see the beautiful lotuses on Shinobazu pond and the lantern floating event along with relaxing music.

Beautiful lotus flowers bloom at Shinobazunoike Pond! When is the best time to see them?

Image of Shinobazu pond at Ueno park
Photo:Shinobazu pond at Ueno park

Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park is famous for its lotuses, which create a fantastic scene in the summer.
It has a long history, and the lotuses in Ueno Park were once depicted in ukiyoe during the Edo period (1603-1868).

Lotus flowers at Shinobazunoike Pond begin blooming in late June and can be enjoyed until late August. The best time to see them is usually in mid-July.
Looking at Instagram posts and other sites, some flowers were still open in early July 2023, and many lotus flowers were at their best in late July.

Lotus flowers close during the day. If you want to see beautiful open lotus flowers, the best time to visit is around 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning. Why not take pictures of the lotus flowers opening at sunrise?

You can take a closer look at the flowers from the "Lotus observation zone."
Every lotus is unique, and it's fun to take a close look at the differences between each flower.
You can see the beautiful lotuses in the beginning of the video.
The turtles swimming elegantly in the pond will help you forget your everyday troubles.

Highlights, benefits, and red seal information for the octagonal building "Shinobazunoike Benten Hall

There is a distinctive octagonal building at Shinobazunoike Pond. It is the Shinobazunoike Pond Oratory, with its green roof, vermilion-lacquered pillars, and white walls. The highlight of Shinobazunoike Rantendo is when the lotus flowers are in full bloom. The octagonal building standing in front of the lotus flowers is a mystical scene reminiscent of the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.

The temple enshrines the god Benzaten, who is said to bring good luck for money. The enshrined Benten-sama is a hidden Buddha, so the temple is only open once a year. The temple is usually open only once a year, on the day of the "Mi-narune Grand Festival" held in September.

In 2023, the Minarikane Grand Festival was held on September 20, and the opening of the temple was scheduled to last until September 24. Please check the official website of Shinobazunoike Oratorium for information on the 2024 festival.

When is the "Nagare-toukai" (floating lantern festival) at Shinobazunoike Benten Hall?

Image of Toro Nagashi
Photo:Toro Nagashi

When the lotuses are in full bloom, the "Ueno Summer Festival" is held at Ueno park.
Toro nagashi (paper lantern floating) produces an amazing atmosphere.
The purpose of Toro nagashi in summer, is to send off the spirits of one's ancestors.

The "Nagatono-e" lantern floating ceremony at Shinobazunoike Pond is usually held on July 17. Applications for the lanterns are accepted on the day of the event in front of the Benten-do Hall.

The Floating Lantern Festival is introduced from 2:31 of the video. Everyone will be fascinated by the beauty of the lanterns floating on Shinobazunoike Pond at night.

Recommended Route for Ueno Park

Image of Shinobazu pond, Ueno Park
Photo:Shinobazu pond, Ueno Park

The lotuses blooming on the surface of Shinobazu pond is the epitome of the summer season.
You can also use a paddle boat to explore the pond.
It's nice to see the different seasons at Shinobazu pond as there are a variety of different features, including cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.

Ueno park features several different museums with plenty to see.
Ueno zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan, with over 3,000 animals, including the very popular pandas.
There are also many hidden gems, such as museums and art galleries scattered throughout the city.
Visit the Hanazono Inari Shrine or the Gojoten Shrine, 2 "Power Shrines" in the area.

Summary of Lotuses and Lanterns at Shinobazu Pond

In Ueno Park, there are many sightseeing spots where you can enjoy the unique Japanese atmosphere. Observe the beautiful flowers and visit the temples. Enjoy the video and see the beauty of Ueno Park, which is located right in the middle of the big city, Tokyo.

◆Ueno Park◆
【Address】 Ikenohata 3-chome, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
【Access】A 2 minute walk from Ueno station on the JR, Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hibiya lines, and a 1 minute walk from Keisei Ueno station on the Keisei line.
【Hours】 5 am to 11 pm
【Telephone No.】03-3828-5644

【Tripadvisor】Shinobazu Pond

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Last Updated : May. 27, 2024
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
Interested in Japanese culture and traditions! I'll be introducing lovely scenery to you!
Like a paradise! The lotus flowers blooming on Shinobazuno Pond in Ueno Park, Tokyo, and the sight of the Rentsendo Hall is like a painting. The lantern floating on the pond is mysterious.
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