Welcome to the fantastic world of Japanese and Chinese Stone Lanterns

Yukimi Stone Lantern
Traditional Japanese and Chinese lanterns are essential to give authenticity to an Eastern themed garden with its simplicity and harmony.

Originally, stone lanterns and pagodas (jp. ishi-doro) were introduced into Japan from China in the 6th century (Asuka period) at the same time as Buddhism, primarily used to light the front of Buddhist temples.

Made of metal and mainly used to light doorways to shrines and temples, they converted under the influence by Japanese tea-master Sen-no-Rikkyu in the late 1500s to really become a major garden element made out of granite stone. Japanese tea ceremonies were often held in the evenings and light was needed to guide guests to the tea room.



Stone lanterns and pagodas come in many different sizes and shapes, but common to them all is a hollowed light chamber (hibukuro) made to hold any kind of light source such as electric lights, candles or oil lamps.

Stone lanterns can be classified into four basic categories:

  • Yukimi-gata (snow-viewing lanterns)
  • Tachi-gata (pedestal lanterns)
  • Ikekomi-gata (buried lanterns)
  • Oki-gata (small lanterns)

One last word regarding availability. We have a large selection of our products on stock in Switzerland. However, due to limited space, we do not always have all items on stock shown on our website. For items not on stock, we generally need about 3 months of delivery time depending on the number of items and sizes we plan to order.

Our manufacturers are extremely flexible. Should you have any special ideas and wish to purchase custom made lantern or sculptures, please talk to us, it will be our pleasure in assisting you.

Please don't hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment. You will enjoy even just browsing.

Roman & Daniela Jost

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