To get here the fastest/cheapest way by train, enter your starting location into the
or download a free Japan Travel mobile app to your phone (I use Navitime Japan Travel)
• Take the train to Ikegami Station
• During the Oeshiki Ikegami festival, you just have to follow the crowds: the parade goes down a street less then a block from the main entrance
• If you go left (against the flow of the parade) you’ll find a staging area, where you can take photos of the lanterns more easily, before they join the parade and your view is blocked by throngs of people.
• All the lanterns end up at the Ikegami Honmon-ji temple
Tip: when you leave the shrine, walk the other direction, to Nisho-magome station instead of Ikegami – it’s not nearly as crowded.
While you’re in Japan, read a novel set in Tokyo!