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Learn about Mikuni Chochin Project

Mikuni Lanterns

Japanese chochins, lanterns, are showcased in front of houses during the annual Mikuni Festival. All 43 wards have a different design that include eaves.

See as many as you can and join the photo contest.

Pose! Capture! Hashtag! Post!

Contest details

  • Capture

    Take a photo of any of the 43 lanterns.

  • Post

    Post it on Instagram using the official hashtag, #mikunichochin

  • Check

    Follow our official page, to see if you have won.


  • Hand painted miniature Mikuni Chochin for the 6 best photos.


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Mikuni Chochin Project

The “long like a kimono belt” town hosts the Mikuni Festival every May 20th along its streets.

Facts about Mikuni Festival:

  • It is the most anticipated and symbolic event for locals.
  • Street vendors used to line the streets a stretch of From Mikuni Shrine to Hirokoji.
  • In recent years only around... street vendors are concentrated in the area near Mikuni Shrine.
  • It is a festival of the entire Mikuni Minato area, a historic port town.


Various floats form an integral part of the festival. As they are paraded along the town, visitors can see different, locally sourced Mikuni Chochins, lanterns in front of homes.


Moving along the different wards means you get to see many of the 43 different designs gently coloring the streets of Mikuni.


The existence of each individual lantern is proof that the Mikuni Festival has been preserved by people in many wards for as long as 300 years.

Bringing Mikuni chochin to more people!

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