Late Saturday afternoon I took the train to Higashishizuoka, in search of Gokoku Shrine, where I heard there were many paper lanterns for Obon. I wanted to see the lanterns after dark, but I needed to go before dark to find where I was going.
Not only were there lanterns but a whole festival at Gokoku Shrine! There were many food booths and a stage with benches in front of it. When I first arrived there were two children dancing on stage, followed by many older women dancing with fans and umbrellas. After awhile it was too dark to take pictures, but there were many dances.
Leading up to the temple were thousands of lit paper lanterns. It was amazing to see them all.
After the fireworks, I walked back to the train station and made my way home. I plan to visit this shrine again in the daytime another day.