The Obon Festival - Obon Matsuri

Friday 13 and saturday 14 August 2021: From 6pm to 11:30pm

On August 13th and 14th, we celebrate the Obon Festival (Obon Matsuri) in the Japanese Garden. Obon is one of the most famous traditional festivals in Japan and is celebrated with various fairs, games and summer festivals.
In the Japanese
Garden we celebrate Obon with a special nocturne from 6 pm to 11:30 pm, a rare opportunity to admire the Japanese Garden in the evening.

We also like to continue tōrō nagashi, the Japanese tradition of launching small lanterns, in the Japanese Garden. After nightfall, the Japanese Garden lights up by the fire of the little floating lanterns, turning the pond in front of the ceremony house into a sea of ​​lights. Visitors are also welcome to participate in this tradition and put their own lantern on the water to decorate the garden with us.

Obon is a tradition that goes back more than 500 years, with people focusing on commemorating their ancestors. Although Obon is celebrated throughout Japan, customs sometimes differ greatly by region. For example, there are different traditions for song, dance and food, and the date sometimes differs per area. The party is always celebrated in the summer.


Every visitor needs an admission ticket. People entitled to free admission must also reserve a free ticket online.