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Nagato Yumoto Onsen Illuminations, Uta Akari
Nagato Yumoto Onsen is the oldest onsen town in Yamaguchi with a history of over 600 years. From the end of January to the beginning of March every year, fantastical lights and sounds decorate several areas of around Otozure River after dark.
Many of the displays are set to the words of Misuzu Kaneko (1903 - 1930), a notable Japanese poet born in Nagato, and approximately 3,000 lights themed after her poets. Along with the illuminations, the beautiful sounds come together with her poet’s reading during the event.
With the cooperation of kindergartens, elementary school, and junior high school in Nagato, more than 3,000 lanterns grace Nagato Yumoto Onsen.
In addition to the children’s’ lightening creative motifs, Hagi yaki pottery lampshades made by local elementary school students with the help of teachers from the Fukagawa kiln with a history of about 360 years illuminate the night with warm light.
Experience the event with a Stay at OTANISANSO and Bettei Otozure


Bettei Otozure
OTANISANSO and Bettei Otozure, located in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, are surrounded by nature, the mountains, beautiful landscape, and the river called Otozure. The elegant surroundings, private walkways, and the views all take your breath away. OTANISANSO and Bettei Otozure allow the guest to experience a traditional atmosphere in surroundings unique to Japan. The service given to guests is based on what the staff proudly call, Omotenashi, the Japanese hospitality from the heart. An authentic luxury stay at OTANISANSO with nature and unique cultures of Nagato Yumoto awaits you.
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