200 paper carp in their “natural” habitat

One of my favorite sights in Japan around this time of year are the colorful koinobori (carp streamers) set up on poles swirling in the spring breeze to celebrate Children’s Day on May 5th

In Ino Town, however, employing traditional Japanese paper-making skills handed down and honed over generations, koinobori don’t fly, but actually “swim” in the Niyodo River. Around 200 streamers made of special paper-based, water-resistant fabric, are let loose in the crystal-clear water to great effect!

This impressive display can be viewed from May 3rd to 5th at Hakawa Park, which is only about 40 minutes from Kochi Station (by taking the train and walking)

Fun fact! Ever wondered…why carp? Well, if you ever witness the bravery and strength of carp as they swim upstream against the current, you will understand why they are perfect symbols to pray for the success and health of children

Event information
May 3rd - May 5th, 2023
Free admission
Ino Station is about 30 minutes by train from Kochi Station
Hakawa Park is around 10 minutes from Ino Station by foot

Check for further details: https://www.inofan.jp/information/event/n1679/
Experience making your own traditional Japanese paper at Ino-cho Paper Museum: https://visitkochijapan.com/en/see-and-do/10156
  • 200 paper carp in their “natural” habitat

  • 200 paper carp in their “natural” habitat

  • 200 paper carp in their “natural” habitat