The city of Kyoto started this event in 2003 to promote tourism in March when Kyoto had much less visitors than the city expected. "Hanatouro" or "Hanatoro" literally means "Flower and light road". They place thousands of lanterns along selected paths in Higashiyama from Sanjo to Gojo. They also exhibit flower arrangements in Maruyama-koen park. Temples and a shrine in this area illuminates their buildings and trees. The period of the event varies each year, but it was from 12th to 21st, March in 2004.

In addition to Higashiyama Hanatoro, they started another tourism campaign, Arashiyama Hanatoro in December, 2005.

Go to Hanatoro website (Arashiyama in December, Higashiyama in March)

Following are photos of Hanatoro 2004:

A road beside Yasaka-no-to
March 14, 2004
March 14, 2004

You can enjoy various kinds of performances and exhibitions throughout the ten-day period of Hanatoro. The following are examples of events held during Hanatouro.

Maiko riding in Jinrikisha, or ricksha
March 14, 2004
Dancing Maiko
March 14, 2004

To see more photos of Maiko, click here.