Hakata Tomyo watching! A beautifull scene in Autumnal Japan


I went to the 22nd Hakata Tomyo Wathing, a night event in Fukuoka city, where I live.

Tomyo is a kind of candle flame put up a paper-curtain around. Traditionally, tomyos were offered to the gods in Shinto and Buddism, but I think that nowadays most Japanese people do not feel such religious meanings from the flame.

In the Tomyo watching mini festa, I enjoyed beatifully twinkle lights lined along the roads and placed on the lands. The place I visited were two, Tochoji temple and Hakata Station. I shared them with you below.


Tochoji temple

Tomyo in Tochoji

Tomyos were placed in the garden in Tochoji.


They wrote a phrase with Tomyos. That was “2016 復興の祈り (Fukkou no Inori)”, means praying for reconstruction (of Kumamoto, damaged by a great earthquake in 2016).


Very cute colorful Tomyos!

Here is a map for Tochoji.

It is located next to Gion station. The temple seems to be popular for the foreign sightseers, as I checked Trip Adviser.

Tochoji Temple, Fukuoka: See 370 reviews, articles, and 408 photos of Tochoji Temple, ranked No.12 on TripAdvisor among 336 attractions in Fukuoka.

Hakata Station


My girlfriend and I departed the temple and walked ten minutes to go to Hakata station. The above image was taken in a footbridge near the station.


Look! Very large size of mosaic-like tomyo picture. The animal drawn in the Hakata Ekimae Square was maybe Kuro-chan, my girlfriend said. I do not know anything about it, but I was quite impressed by the wonderful art.

Below is the map to go to Hakata station.

You want to go there?

Even if you want to participate in the night walk, you have to wait for the next autumn, because it is took place only one day in a year. (ToT) So do not miss the next 23rd Tomyo watching in 2017.

The official site:

秋の博多の街を灯明で彩る「第21回 博多灯明ウォッチング2015」の公式ホームページです。今年は「あかりの輪」プロジェクトと共同で東日本大震災復興支援にも参画しています。