Description Prefecture(Area)/Category
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Sensational Emotional Dramatical Original non-verbal performance from Kyoto.
Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
Illustration by Yamada Akihiro
Kyoto (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Yamayaki
An entire hill is set ablaze in winter. A New Year event which originated in boundary disputes among temples.
Fourth Saturday of January - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Bonden-sai
A contest to become the first to reach the sacred mountain, carrying bonden for the gods to descend.
January 17th - [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Hakone Ekiden
Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race
January 2nd - January 3rd [Winter]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Sports Events
Tamaseseri
Half-naked men scramble for a lucky 8-kg ball in a shower of cold water
January 3rd - [Winter]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Dezome-shiki
Warning people of the dangers of fire through acrobatic stunts on top of ladders.
January 6th - [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Usokae
A year of happiness secured by a golden bird. A wooden bird bringing good luck by turning last year's lies into this year's truths.
January 7th - [Winter]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Toka Ebisu
Buy a good luck bamboo branch and pray to Ebisu, the patron deity of commerce for success in business.
January 9th - January 11th [Winter]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Toh-shiya (Archery Contest)
Come and experience the spirit of Japanese archery.
A contest of archers firing arrows at targets 60 meters away
The Sunday closest to January 15th - [Winter]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Japan Rail Pass
Unlimited use on JR's Shinkansen super express(Except super express named "Nozomi"), limited-express, and express trains (ordinary-class and 1st-class "Green Car" seats:reserved and non-reserved seats) and local trains as well as JR-affiliated buses throughout Japan. (7-day, 14-day, 21-day passes)
Year round -
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Transportations
Hokkaido Rail Pass
Unlimited use (3-day,5-day,7-day flexible 4-day passes) on all train lines of JR Hokkaido and all bus lines of JR Hokkaido Bus. For Express and Limited Express trains, reserved seats on Ordinary Car can be used.
Year round -
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
Transportations
JR East Pass
Unlimited use (ordinary-class reserved seats or 1st-class "Green Car" seats) on JR's Shinkansen super express and limited-express trains within the JR East area (flexible 5-days).
Year round -
(Tohoku)
Transportations
JR-West Rail Pass

Year round -
(Kansai)
Transportations
All Shikoku Rail Pass
Unlimited use (2-day, 3-day, 4-day, 5-day passes) on all trains, including JR Shikoku, Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Asa Kaigan Railway, Kotoden, Iyotetsu and Tosaden, within Shikoku area.
Year round -
(Chugoku/Shikoku)
Transportations
JR-Kyushu Rail Pass
Northern Kyushu area pass and All Kyushu pass are available
Year round -
(Kyushu/Okinawa)
Transportations
Sapporo - Otaru Welcome Pass
Unlimited 1-day use on JR Hokkaido trains between Sapporo and Otaru and on all subway lines in Sapporo for 1 day without additional charges.
Year round -
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
Transportations
Tokyo Free Ticket
Unlimited 1-day use on JR trains and Tokyo Metro subways within Tokyo City limits as well as subways, trams and buses operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Gov.
Year round -
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Transportations
Tokyo Metro Open Ticket
Unlimited 1-day or 2-day use on Tokyo Metro.
Year round -
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Transportations
Yokohama City 1-Day Ticket
Unlimited 1-day use on city-operated subways and buses within Yokohama City limits.
Year round -
Kanagawa (Tokyo and vicinity)
Transportations
Minato Burari Ticket
Unlimited 1-day use on subways and buses in and around Yokohama Port area.
Discounts also available on admission fees to cultural and tourist attractions.
Year round -
Kanagawa (Tokyo and vicinity)
Transportations
Hakone free pass
The Hakone Freepass is a pass that allows you to get on and off freely throughout the specified area.
Year round -
Kanagawa (Tokyo and vicinity)
Transportations
Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass
Five consecutive days of unlimited rides on JR conventional lines running between Nagoya, Gero, Takayama and Toyama, and linking Kansai-airport, Osaka City area, Kyoto, Kaga-Onsen and Kanazawa, and "Hokuriku Shinkansen" running between Kanazawa and Toyama. Unlimited rides on buses convenient for visiting World Heritage listed Shirakawa-go/Gokayama.
Year round -
(Chubu)
Transportations
One-day unlimited Pass "Enjoy Eco Card"(Regional, One-day pass, Osaka)
Unlimited use (for one day) on Osaka Municipal Subway, New Tram, City Bus in Osaka area.
Year round -
Osaka (Kansai)
Transportations
Kintetsu Rail Pass
Unlimited 5-days use on all Kintetsu lines.
Year round -
Osaka (Kansai)
Transportations
Surutto Kansai 2-day and 3-day Tickets
Unlimited use (2 days and 3 days) on private railways, subways and buses in the Kansai area.
Year round -
(Kansai)
Transportations
Surutto Kansai Osaka Unlimited Pass
Unlimited 1-day use within Osaka City limits on subways, city-operated buses and private railways.
Free admission to cultural and tourist attractions also available.
Year round -
(Kansai)
Transportations
Economical Tickets(Regional, Hiroshima and Miyajima)
Unlimited use (for one day) on Hiroshima Electric Railway and Ferry boat between Miyajima-guchi and Miyajima.
Year round -
(Chugoku/Shikoku)
Transportations