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Special deals and events in Japan

  Description Prefecture(Area)/Category
GEAR
Sensational Emotional Dramatical Original non-verbal performance from Kyoto.
Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
Illustration by Yamada Akihiro
Kyoto (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
OSAKA Hikari Renaissance

2013/12/1 - 2014/2/19 [Autumn]
Osaka (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri
An elegant festival of traditional performing arts continuously passed down since the 12th Century
2013/12/15 - 2013/18 [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Okera-Mairi Festival
A traditional New Year's Eve ritual of Kyoto praying for sound health in the New Year
2013/12/31 - [Winter]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Kobe Luminarie

2013/12/5 - 2013/12/16 [Winter]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Yamayaki
An entire hill is set ablaze in winter. A New Year event which originated in boundary disputes among temples.
2014/1/25 - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Toka Ebisu
Buy a good luck bamboo branch and pray to Ebisu, the patron deity of commerce for success in business.
2014/1/9 - 2014/1/11 [Winter]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Nada no Kenka Matsuri
Portable shrines fiercely jolted against one another produce breathtaking scenes befitting a 'Fighting Festival'
2014/10/14 - 2014/10/15 [Autumn]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Annual Events
Kurama no Hi-Matsuri
The evening sky becomes ablaze with the flames of huge watch fires and 250 pine torches
2014/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Jidai Matsuri
A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators
2014/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Setsubun Mantoro
Candle fire lights up 3,000 lanterns.
Here you can experience a fantastic world of antiquity.
2014/2/3 - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Omizutori
This event goes back 1,000 years. Buddhist priests draw up healing waters and run about with huge pine torches.
2014/3/1 - 2014/3/14 [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
KOBE COLLECTION 2014 SPRING/SUMMER
PHOTO COURTESY : KOBE COLLECTION
2014/3/2 - [Winter]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Fashion Events
Osaka Asian Film Festival

2014/3/7 - 2014/3/16 [Spring]
Osaka (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Aoi Matsuri
An ancient festival full of elegance - a magnificent procession dating back 1,000 years reproduced in Kyoto
2014/5/15 - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Takigi O-Noh (Nara)
A beautiful and mystic musical theater lit up by bonfires in the evening darkness.
2014/5/16 - 2014/5/17 [Spring]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Mifune Matsuri
The scene of an ancient boat party on a river is reproduced by some 20 boats in the town of Kyoto
2014/5/18 - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Otaue Rice Planting Festival
An ancient event praying for a rich rice harvest with merry dancing and songs
2014/6/14 - [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Gion Matsuri
Gorgeous floats, sometimes called 'mobile art museums,' parade down the main streets of Kyoto
2014/7/1 - 2014/7/29 [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Nachi-no-Hi-Matsuri
Huge pine torches weighing 50 kg are waved about in front of the great sacred falls in the mountains
2014/7/14 - [Summer]
Wakayama (Kansai)
Annual Events
Tenjin Matsuri
Come and experience the spirit of people born and bred in Osaka, maintaining traditions of 1,000 years ago.
2014/7/24 - 2014/7/25 [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Daimonji Gozan Okuribi
Spectacular okuribi bonfires on five Kyoto mountains signaling the end of summer.
2014/8/16 - [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Kobe Bay Firework Display

2014/8/2 - [Summer]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Lake Biwa Firework Display
PHOTO COURTESY : Biwako Visitors Bureau
2014/8/8 - [Summer]
Shiga (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Takigi O-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance), Kyoto
A graceful musical theater performed at night in a symbolic shrine of Kyoto
Early June - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Sagicho Matsuri
Big floats are ignited with fire one after the other and men wearing make-up dance wildly.
Mid. March - [Spring]
Shiga (Kansai)
Annual Events
JR-West Rail Pass

Year round -
(Kansai)
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
HANKYU-HANSHIN WELCOME Wi-Fi
Free of charge Wi-Fi you can use at any stations of Hankyu and Hanshin railways in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe
Year round -
(Kansai)
Others (Special Offer)
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