Traditionally, incense, flowers, votive candles, water, and food (mainly rice) have been given to ancestors as offerings. In olden times when there were no flowers in the winter, people who wanted to offer flowers would paint flowers on candles. The pretty colors and exquisite paintings have made the palm-sized, round candles that float on water very popular with visitors. You can paint a candle and make it your own special kawaii souvenir.

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Location: Hiranoya Candles (1-11-23 Hamada-cho)

Candle Painting: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Required Time: Approximately one hour

Fee: 500 yen

Note: The fee may change depending on the type of candles.

Instruction is available for up to 5 to 6 people at a time.

Reservation: Required one day in advance.