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Yosakoi Soran Matsuri Festival
The Yosakoi festival takes place every year, in June, in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.
Oji's Inari Matsuri
North of the capital, Oji is a small district full of charm.
Festival in Asakusa: Tori no ichi
The rooster market is a typically Japanese traditional event where Kumade, "lucky rakes", are sold in a colorful and lively atmosphere.
Otaimatsu Festival Nara
Otaimatsu Festival Nara: the Otaimatsu Fire Ceremony at Nigastsu-do Temple in Nara takes place in March; young monks carry huge, flaming torches around the open balcony of the temple.
Johana Hikiyama Matsuri Festival
The Popular Festivals of Mie Prefecture
The festivals (matsuri) in Japan are colorful moments that often reveal another side of the Japanese: their customary reserve gives way to exuberance but perfectionism is always in order,
Olympic Games 2020 - Martial Arts
Very important for the Japanese, there will be three martial arts during the 2020 Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo.
Visiting Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games
Between Olympic events, spectators will also be able to discover Japanese culture in the heart of Tokyo.
The Akita Kanto matsuri lantern festival
Every summer, the Akita Kanto matsuri lantern festival is a great popular festival in the region.
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Hirosaki Castle Park from the end of April until early April and has over 2,600 cherry trees in bloom.
Yuki Akari no Michi - Otaru's Snow and Light Path Festival
For twenty years, in the heart of winter, the small port town of Otaru to the west of Sapporo has adorned itself with its most beautiful finery (traditional lanterns, candles, illuminated ice sculp
Fukushima Waraji Festival
The Fukushima Waraji Festival in Fukushima city takes place on the first weekend in August and features parades and dances on the theme of straw sandals.
Japan's most beautiful hanabi in Omagari
The fireworks display at the end of August in Omagari, in the town of Daisen in Akita Prefecture, are among the most famous in Japan.
“Tambo Art”, the art of the rice fields in Inakadate
Tambo art is an artistic technique that consists of creating a design with different varieties of rice directly in a rice field.
Osaka Festivals & Events
Osaka Festivals: see a listing of festivals in Osaka throughout the year from January to December including the Tenjin Festival and the Danjiri Matsuri.
Getting around during the Setouchi Triennial
On the occasion of the major contemporary art event, the Setouchi Triennale, visitors and art enthusiasts will have to sail between the different islands of the Seto Inland Sea to visit the works.
Olympic Games 2020 - surfing in Tsurigasaki
Surfing is one of the five new sports pre-selected in September 2015 by Japan and approved in August 2016 by the IOC.
Olympic Games 2020 - Tennis at Ariake
Tennis was one of the original sports of the modern Olympic Games, with events already present in 1896 in Athens.
Tokyo Midtown Koinobori
From April 22 to May 8, Koinobori invades Roppongi Midpark. A project was set up in honor of Children's Day on May 5, which delights young and old around Tokyo Midtown!
Olympic Games 2020 - The water events in Enoshima
In 1964, the sailing events of the Tokyo Olympic Games were already held at the Enoshima marina, also called the port of Shonan.
Olympic Games 2020 - Boxing at the foot of the Tokyo SkyTree
Boxing was a combat sport practiced in antiquity by the Greeks and the Romans, present at the Olympiads of 688.
2020 Olympics - Handball in the heart of Tokyo
Appearing at the beginning of the 20th century, handball became an Olympic sport for the first time in 1936.
Olympic Games 2020 - Cycling in the Izu Peninsula and at the foot of Mount Fuji
Cycling is one of the original sports of the Olympic Games, already present during the first edition of 1896 in Athens.
Traveling to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Tokyo is renowned for its well-developed public transportation system but intends to showcase the best transportation system in the world during the 2020 Olympics!
Olympics 2020 - Basketball
Basketball has been on the schedule for the Summer Olympics since 1936. In 2020, the discipline returns for its 20th Olympiad. And it will be accompanied by a variant of the sport in 3x3.
Olympic Games 2020 - Soccer
The Olympic Games are the most-watched sports competition in the world, just ahead of the World Cup.
Where to eat in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics?
Hungry after a day of attending the Olympic games... Discover our selection of favorite restaurants near the venues of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games events!
Midtown Blossom 2019
Olympic Games 2020 - Aquatic events in Odaiba
The Tokyo Olympics will feature 33 different sports.
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games
The Paralympic Games have gone hand in hand with the Olympic Games for several decades. They allow people with different physical disabilities to compete in sporting categories of their own.
Some no Komichi Festival
The Some no Komichi festival in Nakai and Ochiai in Shinjuku celebrates the area's traditional fabric dyeing industry with fabrics displayed in the streets.
Plum blossoms in Dazaifu
Dazaifu Tenmangu has a plum tree famous for the legend that says it flew from Kyoto to join teacher Sugawara no Michizane. Much later, an Empress planted another at its side.
Mito Plum Festival
The Plum Blossom Festival is held every year in one of Japan's most beautiful gardens, Kairaku-en in Mito.
Admire the Shibazakura near Tokyo
Did you miss the cherry blossoms?
Baikasai in Kitano Tenmangu
Kitano Tenmangu plums are sought after throughout Kansai, and the blooming of the 1,500 plum blossoms is a very popular sight!
Warabi Hadaka Matsuri
Warabi Hadaka matsuri is a unique festival that takes place on February 25 in Yotsukaido. Near naked men smear babies with straws soaked in the mud...
The spring illuminations of the Rikugi-en garden
Every year, Rikugi-en holds its spring illuminations. Ten days of festivities during which the cherry blossoms reveal their most beautiful colors under the nocturnal lighting of the garden!
The Kitakami Cherry Blossom Festival
Head to northern Tohoku, Kitakami, for a festival that combines cherry blossoms and Koinobori, to vie the flying carp and pink petals soaring in the spring air!
Odawara Ume Matsuri
In Odawara, a coastal town on Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, the end of winter is brightened by the blooming of more than 35,000 plum trees!
Onouchihyakkei Icicle Park
Onouchihyakkei Icicle Park in Ogano in the Chichibu region of Saitama Prefecture stages an annual illumination of its spectacular icicles.
Miyako Odori, one of Kyoto's most popular festivals, invites you to pay tribute to these small pink-tinted flowers.
Nagano Gokaicho Festival
Every seven years, the famous Zenkoji temple, located in the city of Nagano, unveils a replica of the first statue of Amida Buddha: an event that attracts more than 5 million visitors!
Some no Komichi
Organized every year in the Nakai district north of Shinjuku, Some no Komichi is a festival that will delight lovers of beautiful fabrics.
Every year, between November 2 and 4, the Karatsu Kunchi festival is held.
On New Year's Eve on the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture. Namahage, a kind of demon, visits families and terrorizes children!
Pikachu Outbreak: when Pokémon electrify Yokohama!
Every year since 2014 Yokohama has organized its Pikachu Outbreak, 8 days of festivities centered around the most famous Pokémon on the planet: Pikachu!
The illuminations of the Subzero Forest
Located a stone's throw from the Akigami Onsen hot springs in Gifu prefecture, the Subzero Forest is a rather special forest.
The fall illuminations of Rikugi-en Park
Created in Komagome in the 17th century by order of shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Rikugi-en is one of Tokyo's most famous gardens for its reddening leaves!
Every year since 2014, Ultra Japan has thrilled the Ultra Park in Odaiba.
Summer illuminations at Hotel Gajoen in Meguro
Nihonbashi Aquarium Art
The Hiwatari Festival at Mount Takao
For centuries, every second Sunday of March, yamabushi (monks living in the mountains) come to practice in great ceremony the asceticism of fire, Hiwatari, at the foot of Mount Ta
The Sanuki Toyohama Chosa Matsuri
Fukagawa Hachiman Festival
In the historic district of Fukagawa, the Fukagawa Hachiman Festival takes place every year. It is one of the three most critical Shinto festivals in Tokyo!
The August 1 Hassaku Ceremony
Sagami Lake illuminations
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
From Chinese New Year to the 15th day of the lunar calendar, the Lantern Festival brightens the streets of Nagasaki.
The Echigo Tsumari Triennial
The Mikata Half Marathon
The Kamaishi Festival
Onbashira matsuri: Japan's most dangerous festival
Kagura dance performances in Hiroshima
Ogose Plum Blossom Festival
Ogose Plum Blossom Festival takes place in Ogose, Chichibu, Saitama, during the plum blossom period of early to mid-March.
Yamayaki Mountain Burning Festival Mount Omuro
The Yamayaki Mountain Burning Festival on Mount Omuro in Izu is held on the second Sunday of February, weather permitting.
The Omizu-okuri ceremony
Every March 2, in the city of Obama, takes place a strange ceremony called Omizu-okuri , literally "the sending of water".
Plum blossoms in Tokyo
If you're in Tokyo in February, the blossoming trees you might see are plum trees, not cherry trees! These blossoms herald the end of winter.
Top 6 pop-up ice rinks in Tokyo
The Hina Nagashi Festival
The Daikoku To-E Ceremony
Roads filled with flowers and light...This is the meaning of the term Hanatouro.
Geisha Evenings in Kanazawa
Guided by Lady Baba, the owner of the place, discover the world of geishas by attending a show filled with humor and tradition.
Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival
Asahikawa Winter Festival
Since 1947 the city of Asahikawa in Hokkaido has hosted the second largest winter festival in Japan, after Sapporo.
Shuri Castle Festival
From the end of October to the beginning of November the streets of Naha, the capital of Okinawa, are full of color and invite you on a journey back in time, to the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom...
Chichibu Night Festival - Chichibu Yomatsuri
Chichibu Night Festival (秩父夜祭 Chichibu Yomatsuri) is one of the biggest festivals of the Kanto area.
Tenjin Matsuri (Tenjin Festival) Osaka
Tenjin Matsuri (天神際) is one of Osaka's largest and most colorful festivals. Tenjin Festival takes place annually on July 24 and July 25 around Tenjin Shrine.
The Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
Kunchi is the name of a festival held every year in autumn (October 7-9) at Suwa-jinja, a Shinto shrine in Nagasaki.
Kodaiji Temple Illuminations & Projection Mapping
Three times a year in spring, summer and autumn, Kodaiji Temple is illuminated at night and stages a 3-minute projection mapping show.
Okazaki Fireworks Festival
The Okazaki Fireworks Festival takes place in August in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture along the river in Okazaki and in Okazaki Castle Park.
Night hanami at Kinugawa Onsen
In spring, the Kinugawa Onsen Resort organizes night-time hanami and entertainment in its grounds.
Like Rome, Kyoto didn't happen in a day. The two thousand participants parading during the Jidai Matsuri honor the memory of the great figures who helped shape the city's long history.
Daimon-ji Gozan Okuribi
In summer, the humidity of Kyoto loosens its imprint at dusk.
Miyajima Dance Night
Miyajima Dance Night takes place two consecutive evenings on Mikasahama Beach and up to Itsukushima Shrine, a few days after the Obon Festival.
Every year in August, on the 26th, an explosion of colors and shapes lights the sky over Miyajima behind the iconic torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, offering an unforgettable spectacle.
Tanabata at the Shukkei-en Garden
From 1st to 7th of July, the city of Hiroshima celebrates the feast of the stars, Tanabata.
Sapporo snow festival
Every February, 250 ice and snow sculptures invade the streets of Sapporo: welcome to the Yuki Matsuri, a world-famous festival!
A sight to see... as a procession of about five hundred richly dressed locals marches on May 15 through Kyoto's main streets!
The impressive Kiyomizu-dera, a temple on magnificent stilts, offers a spectacle three times a year worthy of a visit to celebrate the dragon god Seiryu.
Every March, generally the second week, the Higashiyama district is adorned with two thousand five hundred lanterns placed on the ground which illuminate the alleys and other remar
Fuji Matsuri Shibazakura
The hanami season barely over, it is time for shibazakura, lawn cherry trees, to bring beauty to the Japanese landscape...
Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival
A hanami mecca for nearly 400 years, Ueno Park has been synonymous with " hanami in Tokyo".
Originally a message of hope and comfort to the victims of the Kobe earthquake in 1995, the Kobe Luminarie has become one of the most famous places in Japan for winter illuminations.
Tori no Ichi Festival
The Tori no Ichi is a year-end festival for fortune in the next year held in November at shrines mainly in Tokyo and features a gorgeously decorated good luck charm called a kumade.
Danjiri Festival Kishiwada Osaka
Danjiri Festival: read a guide to the history and traditions of the Danjiri Festival in Kishiwada, south of Osaka.
Funadama Festival Nagatoro
The Funadama Festival is a river festival with boats decorated with colorful lanterns on the Arakawa River during Obon in Nagatoro in Saitama.
Pragmatism and religion, two things that the Japanese blend with delight. Hozuki market is one such example.
Asakusabashi Suga Shrine Festival
In countries throughout the world artisans are often attached to their tools, but Japan may be the only country where they carry out religious ceremonies for their used and broken instruments...
Ako Gishisai Festival
Cinema has made famous the legend of the forty-seven vengeful samurai. In Tokyo, they celebrate their memory at the Sengaku temple.
Hakata Dontaku Festival
In Hakata, the Dontaku Festival has been celebrated for more than 800 years. Held during Golden Week, this carnival brings nearly 2 million people together every year.
Tokamachi Snow Festival
Tokamachi Snow Festival in Niigata is an annual snow festival featuring snow statues, music concerts, fireworks, food and a good time.
Kyocera Dome in Osaka
Osaka, the rebel, is an unusual city: the Kyocera Dome is one of the most flagrant example!
Oeshiki and Ten Thousand Lights at Ikegami Honmonji Temple
Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Tokyo: people from Nichiren Buddhist temples all over Japan come to commemorate the death of the 13th century priest Nichiren.
Awa Odori, the dancing queens
The Awa Odori , or dance of Awa, is danced on the festival of the dead, Obon. It is one of the most common and appreciated traditional dances in Japan.
Tokyo Motor Show
In addition to numerous concept cars of Japanese brands, the International Exhibition of Tokyo Motor Show presents the latest innovations in eco-friendly vehicles.
Asakusa Samba Carnival
In the Asakusa area, the summer leaves to a samba tune.
At sunset, one day in early August, when the the cicadas wrap the twilight in their sweet ballad, after the intense heat of the day, the sky shines brightly over the Yodogawa River.
Sakura no Toorinuke
An unusual visit, the cherry-tree-lined driveway of the banknote factory of the Japan Mint (government agency), however offers some of the finest flowers every year.
The Komaki Festival in Aichi prefecture, is one of those Japanese traditions that would be almost unimaginable elsewhere in Japan.
For over 1 200 years, Todaiji has been celebrating the return of spring by flamboyant purification ceremonies that end in a grand finale with the soothing water.
Wakuwaku Winter Festival
Wakuwaku Winter Festival, held in February in Niigata Prefecture features digging snow caves, dondo-yaki, ball games, and making mochi.
Heisei Emperor's Birthday
Heisei Emperor's Birthday: there are two days in the year when ordinary people can enter the Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo: the Emperor's birthday and January 2nd, the Emperor's New Year Greetin
Tokyo International Anime Fair
The Tokyo Big Sight convention center welcomes the largest manga and anime fair in the world.
Tokyo Game Show
Held annually at the end of September in Chiba, the Tokyo Game Show brings together the great family of geeks for three days of discovery and entertainment.
Daruma Festival Kawagoe
Daruma Festival: read a guide to the Daruma matsuri held annually on 3rd January at Kita-in Temple in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture.
This festival celebrates the memory of the brave Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181) who labored for the prosperity of Miyajima.
Medieval ships gliding on the water, accompanied by the haunting sound of drums, flutes and other stringed instruments, all supported by a cheering crowd?
Fireworks explode in the sky and reflect off the night waters under the gaze of a packed crowd. Summer fireworks are a tradition in Japan.
Less than 20 minutes by train from Kyoto in Kameoka, peace illuminates the sky with a magnificent fireworks display.
Ueno Natsu Matsuri
If Ueno is known for its zoo and museum, it also home to one of Tokyo's major summer festivals: Uneo Natsu Matsuri.
Edogawa and Ichikawa Fireworks
Fireworks in eastern Tokyo, Edogawa / Ichikawa dazzle crowds every year.
Thirty minutes by train seperate Kawagoe from central Tokyo. That is nothing when it comes to discovering its amazing festival, which is held every third weekend of October.
Renowned as one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan along with the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and the Chichibu Matsuri in Saitama Prefecture, Takayama Matsuri is held twice a year.
For bountiful harvests, nothing beats a dance and some songs! Discover the secrets of traditional rice planting at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Osaka.
Kishiwada Minato Matsuri
At the end of July, Osaka Harbor welcomes one of the largest firework displays in the city. Kishiwada Bay lights up with stardust.
Himeji Yukata Matsuri
They say it is the largest festival of its kind in Japan. Three days during which the colorful yukata replace jeans and gray suits. From June 22nd to 24th in Himeji, the Himeji Yukata Matsuri.
Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
A wave of screams and rainbow colors sweeps the streets of Kishiwada. Welcome to the festival of this small neighboring city of Osaka.
Osaka's Tenjin Matsuri remains one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. A celebration that lasts two days where parades, floats and other illuminations are in the spotlight.
Summer is synonymous with festivities in the country of the rising sun.
One night of May in Nara. The breath of flutes and the dull pulse of drums set the tempo. The torches bathe the actors in a golden glow. Takigi Noh exalts the sublime art of Noh theater.
Come and see over three thousand traditional Japanese lanterns, which shine for three days during this festival, which is held every year from February 3rd at Kasuga Taisha shrine.
Every year, in August, the monastic center of Koyasan organizes a festival to honor the dead (obon).
The Flower Festival of Hiroshima attracts tens of thousands of people, and it is continuing to grow.
It is impossible to reduce a western cartoon to Walt Disney. Similarly, Japanese animation does not stop at Miyazaki Hayao and Ghibli films.
In Hiroshima, wearing the yukata (light cotton kimono) is an over 400 year old tradition.
From November 18th to the 20th, the "Ebisuko" or Ebisu Matsuri is held in honor of the god of commerce, merchants, fishermen and prosperity.
At Yokogawa Station station on the third weekend of April, the streets are invaded by characters from Japanese cartoons for a unique and popular show.
One March 21st, many years ago, Kobo Daishi (774-835), founder of the Shingon Buddhist school and celebrated in most temples in Koyasan, went into meditation for eternity.
Dai Mandara Ku Festival
If you travel through Koyasan in April, you may come face to face with a curious procession when visiting Garan Temple: on the 10th of the most important ceremonies of the sacred mountain is held,
How was an inhabitant of a village in Shikoku able to rise up to the level of the great and travel to China? Aoba Matsuri honors the work of this major figure in Japanese Buddhism.
For a weekend, the Asano River comes alive and hosts actors and dancers. While the branches are sagging under the weight of the cherry blossoms, men begin to float on water, as light as air.
Kagatobi Dezomeshiki Festival
Half naked firefighters perform acrobatics in the freezing cold. This tantalizing show takes place every January 6th, during the Kagatobi Dezomeshiki festival.
June is announced with great fanfare in Kanazawa, with the Hyakumangoku Matsuri. Featuring a parade and a series of dances, the Castle Park is filled with good humor.
Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
Do not be surprised if in a little street in Hakone you come across a samurai or a chariot carrier.
Ashinoko Kosui Matsuri
Every July 31st, at Hakone Shrine , one of the most important festivals of Hakone is held in honor of the nine-headed dragon of Lake Ashi .
The sun has set, and the sweltering heat of the Japanese summer has subsided. Yasukuni Shrine lights up. The Mitama Matsuri begins...
Fireworks over the Bay
A profusion of color in the sky. Building windows shimmering with lights.The fireworks of Tokyo Bay seem to emerge from a dream.
The most popular festival in Tokyo, the Sanja Matsuri brings together a mixed crowd looking for fun.
The Sumida Festival illuminates the Tokyo sky. Big summer event in the capital, the fireworks over the Sumida River are held on the last weekend of July.
The Takigi Noh Festival
Noh theater is even more subtle and mysterious when performed on the dark, nighttime backgdrop of Heian Jingu Shrine.
This major tourist attraction, a popular festival but more specifically an ancestral celebration, is one of the most famous Japanese festivals.
When the cherry blossom festival is coming to an end, the Sanno Festival in Takayama celebrates the arrival of spring with a parade of floats through the city.
August 6th, 1945 ... This date rings in the ears of an entire country, like a heartbreaking cry.
Earth Celebration Sado Island
Earth Celebration: read a guide to the Earth Celebration on Sado Island in Japan, an annual international percussion festival organized by the Kodo Drummers.
Tokorozawa Doll Memorial Celebration
The Tokorozawa Doll Memorial Celebration in Tokorozawa involves the ritual burning of Japanese dolls when they are no longer needed.
Hakata Gion Yamakasa
From July 1st, a frenzy grips the Hakata area of Fukuoka. The seven districts clash in huge chariot races in memory of a priest: this is the Hakata Gion Yamakasa.
Brought back from China in the 13th century by a craftsman by the name of KATO Shirozaemon, the techniques for creating ceramics had immense success in Japan.
Nippon to Asobo
Clamour of the street, children running, families walking around to the rhythm of the shows that resonate in the city... Celebrate peace in Japan and harmony with
The curtain rises on porcelain dolls as The Kyo Odori celebrates the arrival of spring with songs and dances performed by geiko (geisha) and apprentices, maik
Why not take advantage of a visit to the sacred island of Miyajima to invoke good health and happiness for oneself and loved ones?
Sweet habit, every 25 of the month, to go to the flea market of Kitano Tenmangu. On February 25, however, a charming tea ceremony, a nodate, a little more occasional.
Shirahige Festival: The Shirahige Festival in Kitsuki is held in October and involves the drinking of doburoku sake.
Daimonji Festival Kyoto
Daimonji Festival Kyoto, Kyoto. Read about the August Daimonji Festival held in Kyoto where various hills in Kyoto are lit up with burning kanji characters.
Nagoya Festivals: see a listing of festivals (matsuri) in Nagoya and the central Japan region throughout the year including Nagoya, Arimatsu and Inuyama.
Kurama Fire Festival
Fire Festival Kurama, Kyoto. Read about the October Fire Festival held in Kurama, Kyoto.
Danjiri Festival Kishiwada
Danjiri Festival Kishiwada, Osaka. Read about the September Danjiri Festival held in Kishiwada, Osaka.
Anjin Festival Shizuoka. Read about the August Anjin Festival held in Ito, Shizuoka to celebrate the launch of Japan's first western style ships by William Adams.
Nagasaki Lantern Festival. Read an article on Nagasaki Lantern Festival which celebrates Chinese New Year at the end of January and the beginning of February in Nagasaki, Kyushu.
Hamamatsu Kite Festival
Hamamatsu Festival: read an article on Hamamatsu Kite Festival in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture including images, dates and access information.
Ako Festival 47 Ronin
Read about the 47 Ronin and the Ako festival (Gishisai) which takes place in December in Hyogo prefecture near Kobe, western Japan.
Heron Dance Sagimai Tsuwano
The Heron Dance Festival or Sagimai is a unique dance that occurs in Tsuwano in south west Japan in July.
Yoiyama Festival & Gion Matsuri
Yoiyama Festival is part of Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and takes places on July 16 every year - read a guide to Yoiyama and the Gion Matsuri.
Otabi Festival Komatsu
Otabi Festival Komatsu: read a guide to the Otabi Festival in Komatsu. The festival consists of children's kabuki performances on beautifully decorated floats with music.
Shoro Nagashi Spirit Boat Procession
Shoro Nagashi Festival: read about the Shoro Nagashi Festival, the Spirit Boat Procession, that takes place in August in Nagasaki.
Kurama no Hi Matsuri
A matsuri (festival) in glowing flames and colorful lights is to be discovered in the charming mountain village of Kurama, just half an hour from the center of Kyoto.
Aichi Expo 2005
Aichi Expo 2005 (March-September 2005) including travel details, exhibits, pavilions and interviews.
Colorful and luminous water lanterns, followed by fireworks: in Yagi, mid-August is marked by superb ceremonies.
Uji river fireworks
The city of Genji Monogatari offers a nice fireworks display (August 10) on the banks of the Ujigawa, more intimate and convivial than the major events of the genre.
Tanabata to Kyoto
Lovebirds from all over the world gather to Kyoto to embrace each other under pastel cherry trees or flaming maples.
Since 1872, the Pontochô Kaburenjo theater has been hosting “the dances of the Kamo river” - the one that winds slowly through the Pontochô district - one month a year at the end of spring (variabl
Snowball Festival Koide Niigata
Snowball Festival: read about the quirky, fancy dress snowball festival in Koide, Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture.
Sakai Festival Osaka Prefecture
Sakai Festival: takes place on the third Saturday and Sunday of October. Look out for a bicycle parade, a flea market in Xavier Park and a tea ceremony.
Arimatsu Festival Near Nagoya
Arimatsu Festival (Arimatsu Matsuri): the town of Arimatsu, a suburb of Nagoya, has a colorful festival on the first weekend of October with large floats.
Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival
Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival, Aichi Prefecture 尾張津島天王際 - The 500-year-old Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival takes place annually on the 4th Saturday and Sunday in July in Tsushima just outside Nagoya.
Aoi Festival Kyoto May 15
The AOi Festival takes place annually on May 15 and involves a procession in period costume between Shimo and Kamogamo shrines.
Tado Shrine Festival
Tado Shrine Festival 多度神社の祭り - Tado Shrine, near Kuwana in Mie, hosts its annual festival on May 4-5th.
Konomiya Hadaka Festival Aichi
Konomiya Hadaka Festival The town of Konomiya, part of Inazawa, just outside Nagoya witnesses one of Japan’s most famous hadaka matsuri or naked festivals.
Nagoya Cherry Blossoms Where To See
Nagoya Cherry Blossoms: places to see cherry blossoms and enjoy hanami in Nagoya include Tsurumai Park, Nagoya Castle and Okazaki Castle Park.
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