Aizu Painted Candle Festival

Aizu Painted Candle Festival

Aizu Painted Candles are one of Aizu’s most well-loved traditional crafts. Aizu Painted Candle Festival was started in order to let people all over Japan (and all over the world) know about this traditional craft, and to give people an appreciation for the work that is needed to make every single candle. Take in the picturesque snowy scenery in Aizu-Wakamatsu City by candlelight this winter. Aizu Painted Candle Festival takes place at Tsurugajo Castle and Oyakuen Garden on the second Friday and Saturday of February.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://www.aizu.com/erousoku/(Japanese)
Contact

Secretariat of the Aizu Candle Festival Executive Committee

Best Season
  • Winter
Event RecurrenceTakes place annually on the second Friday and Saturday of February.
Access Details
AccessHeld at Tsurugajo Castle, Oyakuen, Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence), in Aizu-Wakamatsu City
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Getting there

By Train: 20 min by bus from JR Aizuwakamatsu Station

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