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  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)
IZU TRAIL Journey

2015/3/15 - [Winter]
Shizuoka (Chubu)
Sports Events
Tokyo International BarShow

2015/5/16 - 2015/5/17 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Sumo
January Grand Tournament
2016/1/10 - 2016/1/24 [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition

2016/10/1 - [Autumn]
(Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

2016/10/6 - 2016/10/10 [Autumn]
Mie (Chubu)
Sports Events
22th Triathlon National Championships
PHOTO COURTESY : Satoshi Takasaki/JTU
2016/10/9 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Sports Events
Sumo
November Grand Tournament
2016/11/13 - 2016/11/27 [Autumn]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Sports Events
OSAKA Hikari Renaissance

2016/11/20 - 2016/1/9 [Autumn]
Osaka (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kobe Luminarie

2016/12/2 - 2016/12/11 [Winter]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
SENDAI Pageant of Starlight

2016/12/9 - 2016/12/31 [Winter]
(Tohoku)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kyoto Marathon

2016/2/21 - [Winter]
Kyoto (Kyoto/Osaka)
Sports Events
Yubari International fantastic Film Festival

2016/2/25 - 2016/2/29 [Winter]
(Hokkaido)
Others (Events Calendar)
Tokyo Marathon
Runners pass noted sightseeing locations such as Ginza, Nihonbashi, Asakusa-Kaminarimon, Tsukiji and Toyosu, running towards Tokyo Big Site at the new Tokyo Waterfront Subcenter to finish
2016/2/28 - [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
The 17th Japan Media Arts Festival

2016/2/3 - 2016/2/14 [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Art Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo turns into a snow museum!
Internationally renowned and Japan's largest snow festival.
2016/2/5 - 2016/2/11 [Winter]
(Hokkaido)
Annual Events
Wonder Festival

2016/2/7 - [Winter]
Chiba (Kanto)
Annual Events
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
PHOTO COURTESY : Nagasaki Kanko Renmei
2016/2/8 - 2016/2/22 [Winter]
Nagasaki (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Nagoya City Marathon

2016/3/12 - 2016/3/13 [Winter]
Aichi (Chubu)
Sports Events
Nagoya Women's Marathon

2016/3/13 - [Winter]
Aichi (Chubu)
Sports Events
Sumo
March Grand Tournament
2016/3/13 - 2016/3/27 [Winter]
Osaka (Kyoto/Osaka)
Sports Events
TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION
PHOTO COURTESY : TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION
2016/3/19 - 2016/3/19 [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Fashion Events
Tokyo Motorcycle Show

2016/3/25 - 2016/3/27 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
AnimeJapan 2016
"AnimeJapan 2016" is one of the largest international festivals for all people involved in animation including animation fans, licensees, buyers and other related people all over the world.


2016/3/25 - 2016/3/27 [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Anime Events
Osaka Asian Film Festival

2016/3/4 - 2016/3/13 [Spring]
Osaka (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kasumigaura Marathon

2016/4/17 - [Spring]
(Kanto)
Sports Events
ECO SLOW MARATHON INBA

2016/4/3 - [Spring]
Chiba (Kanto)
Sports Events
Shingen-ko Festival
The Shingen-ko festival is the most significant festival in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture. This festival, the world's largest Samurai parade, takes place from April 8th(fri) to 10th(sun). Main highlight "Koshu Battalion deployment" starts from 4:30pm on April 9th.
2016/4/8 - 2016/4/10 [Spring]
Yamanashi (Chubu)
Annual Events
Art Fair Tokyo

2016/5/12 - 2016/5/14 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Art Festival
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo's hottest festival of portable shrines taking place in a quarter retaining traditional culture
2016/5/20 - 2016/5/22 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Sumo
May Grand Tournament
2016/5/8 - 2016/5/22 [Spring]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
Yosakoi Soran Festival

2016/6/8 - 2016/6/12 [Summer]
(Hokkaido)
Annual Events
Sumo
July Grand Tournament
2016/7/10 - 2016/7/24 [Summer]
Aichi (Chubu)
Sports Events
Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival

2016/7/16 - [Summer]
Okinawa (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Others (Events Calendar)
Fuji Rock Festival

2016/7/22 - 2016/7/24 [Summer]
Niigata (Chubu)
Music Events
Lake Suwako Firework Display

2016/8/15 - [Summer]
Nagano (Chubu)
Others (Events Calendar)
Nagaoka Festival

2016/8/2 - 2016/8/3 [Summer]
Niigata (Chubu)
Others (Events Calendar)
Jingu Gaien Firworks Festival

2016/8/20 - [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
The All-Japan National Fireworks Competition

2016/8/27 - [Summer]
(Tohoku)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kobe Bay Firework Display

2016/8/6 - [Summer]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Lake Biwa Firework Display
PHOTO COURTESY : Biwako Visitors Bureau
2016/8/8 - [Summer]
Shiga (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
HAKONE SWEETS COLLECTION

2016/9/1 - 2016/11/13
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Sumo
September Grand Tournament
2016/9/11 - 2016/9/25 [Summer]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
Yayoi Festival
A parade of beautiful floats respecting ancient traditions at a shrine registered as a World Heritage Site.
April 13th - April 17th [Spring]
Tochigi (Kanto)
Annual Events
Takayama Festival
Splendid parades and artisanship of the 15th Century are revived today.
April 14th - April 15th [Spring]
Gifu (Chubu)
Annual Events
Gishi-sai (Spring)
A festival honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh, popular in movies and dramas
April 1st - April 7th [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima
A seasonal delight of Tokushima in the entire city resounding with festival music and dance.
August 12th - August 15th [Summer]
Tokushima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
Annual Events
Yamaga Toro Matsuri
A dreamlike Bon odori dance with bright lanterns wavering in the dark night.
August 15th - August 16th [Summer]
Kumamoto (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Daimonji Gozan Okuribi
Spectacular okuribi bonfires on five Kyoto mountains signaling the end of summer.
August 16th - [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
August 1st - August 7th [Summer]
Aomori (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Dai-Chochin Matsuri
A festival to ward off evil spirits and pray for a calm sea and a large catch.
August 26th - August 27th [Summer]
Aichi (Chubu)
Annual Events
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
August 2nd - August 7th [Summer]
Aomori (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Akita Kanto Matsuri
Looming up in the darkness, the kanto bamboo poles waver like ears of rice plants
August 3rd - August 6th [Summer]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri
A performance of 10,000 dancers holding hanagasa (flower hats) adorned with safflowers.
August 5th - August 7th [Summer]
Yamagata (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Sendai Tanabata Matsuri
Renowned as the 'Green City,' Sendai becomes immersed in Tanabata decorations.
August 6th - August 8th [Summer]
Miyagi (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
Let us unite in prayer for peace, regardless of race or nationality.
August 6th - [Summer]
Hiroshima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
Annual Events
Gishi-sai (Winter)
A festival honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh, popular in movies and dramas
December 14th - [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri
An elegant festival of traditional performing arts continuously passed down since the 12th Century
December 15th - December 18th [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Hagoita-Ichi
A lively fair full of Edo sentiments, brightly coloring downtown Tokyo at the year-end
December 17th - December 19th [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Beppu Christmas HANABI Fantasia

December 23th - December 24th [Winter]
Oita (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Chichibu Yomatsuri
Gorgeous floats dash up a steep slope. The fireworks displays lighting up the winter evening sky are spectacular.
December 2nd - December 3rd [Winter]
Saitama (Kanto)
Annual Events
Oga Namahage Festival
On New Year's Eve, strange deities holding cooking knives go around visiting homes in Oga
December 31st - [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Okera-Mairi Festival
A traditional New Year's Eve ritual of Kyoto praying for sound health in the New Year
December 31st - [Winter]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival
A fantastic world appearing on a snow country evening.
Chatting with children in rooms made of snow.
February 15th - February 16th [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Hachinohe Enburi
Dancing and praying for a rich harvest.A dance expressing farm work to signal the arrival of the northern spring.
February 17th - February 20th [Winter]
Aomori (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Setsubun Mantoro
Candle fire lights up 3,000 lanterns.
Here you can experience a fantastic world of antiquity.
February 3rd - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
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
Nachi-no-Hi-Matsuri
Huge pine torches weighing 50 kg are waved about in front of the great sacred falls in the mountains
July 14th - [Summer]
Wakayama (Kansai)
Annual Events
Gion Matsuri
Gorgeous floats, sometimes called 'mobile art museums,' parade down the main streets of Kyoto
July 1st - July 31st [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival
A resplendent and gallant summer festival with men racing through the streets while bearing 1-ton floats on their shoulders
July 1st - July 15th [Summer]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Warei Taisai Festival & Uwajima Ushi-Oni Matsuri
Youths carry portable shrines in the river waters at night and monster-shaped floats parade through the town streets
July 22nd - July 24th [Summer]
Ehime (Chugoku/Shikoku)
Annual Events
Tenjin Matsuri
Come and experience the spirit of people born and bred in Osaka, maintaining traditions of 1,000 years ago.
July 24th - July 25th [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Otaue Rice Planting Festival
An ancient event praying for a rich rice harvest with merry dancing and songs
June 14th - [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Takigi O-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance), Kyoto
A graceful musical theater performed at night in a symbolic shrine of Kyoto
June 1st - June 2nd [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Sanno Matsuri
A procession of 300 people dressed in ancient costumes parades through the heart of Tokyo.
June 7th - June 17th [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Soma-Nomaoi
A 1,000-year-old traditional festival which introduces the code of the samurai of the Warring States Period to the present day.
Last Sat., Sun. and Mon. of July - [Summer]
Fukushima (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai
The evening sky of oldtown Tokyo is brightly colored with several tens of thousands of fireworks.
Last Saturday of July - [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Miyajima Kangensai Festival
Medieval nobles' style of entertainment reproduced at Itsukushima Shrine, which is one of the three scenic beauties of Japan.
Late July - Early August [Summer]
Hiroshima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
Annual Events
Omizutori
This event goes back 1,000 years. Buddhist priests draw up healing waters and run about with huge pine torches.
March 1st - March 14th [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Ukai (Cormorant Fishing)
Traditional fishing method manipulating seabirds, praised by Charlie Chaplin
May 11th - October 15th
Gifu (Chubu)
Annual Events
Aoi Matsuri
An ancient festival full of elegance - a magnificent procession dating back 1,000 years reproduced in Kyoto
May 15th - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Shunki Reitaisai (Grand Festival of Spring)
A procession of 1,000 samurai warriors staged at a world heritage site
May 17th - May 18th [Spring]
Tochigi (Kanto)
Annual Events
Hamamatsu Festival
A spectacular festival of some 100 large kites flying over sand dunes.
May 3rd - May 5th [Spring]
Shizuoka (Chubu)
Annual Events
Hakata Dontaku Festival
Let's dance in squares together! Japan's largest citizens' festival, with a history of 800 years.
May 3rd - May 4th [Spring]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Gujo Odori Dance Performance
Tourists and local people all dance merrily together in one big circle.
Mid July - Early September [Summer]
Gifu (Chubu)
Annual Events
Karatsu Kunchi Festival
Huge hikiyama floats are artistic masterpieces of Japan's wonderful festival culture
November 2nd - November 4th [Autumn]
Saga (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
The festival shouts of 'Down! Down! The Lord comes!' echoing in the hot spring town under the autumn sky
November 3rd - [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Annual Events
Ikegami Honmonji O-Eshiki
Over 300,000 worshippers at Buddhist memorial service commemorating the anniversary of High Priest Nichiren's death.
October 11th - October 13th [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Nada no Kenka Matsuri
Portable shrines fiercely jolted against one another produce breathtaking scenes befitting a 'Fighting Festival'
October 14th - October 15th [Autumn]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Annual Events
Shuki Taisai Grand Autumn Festival
Enjoy the autumn in Nikko, the gateway to the Tohoku District, while gazing at the samurai procession
October 17th - [Autumn]
Tochigi (Kanto)
Annual Events
Kurama no Hi-Matsuri
The evening sky becomes ablaze with the flames of huge watch fires and 250 pine torches
October 22nd - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Jidai Matsuri
A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators
October 22nd - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
A festival rich in cosmopolitan atmosphere befitting a city which has prospered through trade.
October 7th - October 9th [Autumn]
Nagasaki (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Takayama Matsuri Autumn Festival
The gaze of the spectators becomes riveted on the gorgeous motifs of the yatai floats.
October 9th - October 10th [Autumn]
Gifu (Chubu)
Annual Events
Chagu Chagu Umako Horse Festival
Departing from a mountain village, 100 horses parade down to the town in a merry jingling of bells
Second Saturday of June - [Spring]
Iwate (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Kamakura Festival
At the shrine which serves as a symbol of Kamakura, the samurai society of the Medieval Period is revived.
Second Sunday of April - Third Sunday of April [Spring]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Annual Events
Reitaisai
Yabusame, a Shinto ritual of shooting arrows on horseback, is famous worldwide.
September 14th - September 16th [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Annual Events
Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival
A festival praying for protection against wind damage and for an abundant autumn harvest.
September 1st - September 3rd [Autumn]
Toyama (Chubu)
Annual Events
Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
The days of the Tori or Rooster in November - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Kanda Matsuri
100 portable shrines gather for this festival and a procession of 300 people parades through the streets of Tokyo
The Saturday and Sunday closest to May 15th - [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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
Shonai Kagura

Third Saturday in May through October. -
Oita (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri
A mysterious and exciting night festival.
Almost fully-naked men compete for good luck charms.
Third Saturday of February - [Winter]
Okayama (Chugoku/Shikoku)
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
Third Sunday of May - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Takigi O-Noh (Nara)
A beautiful and mystic musical theater lit up by bonfires in the evening darkness.
Third week on Friday and Saturday of May - [Spring]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
URABANDAI: FUKUSHIMA Pref.Program to contact with nature : Firefly observation event
Every year, from late June, you can see wild Heikebotaru, a kind of firefly found in Japan, in Ura-bandai. Our hotel staff guides you to the observation site. Please join us.
Weekdays from late June to mid-August - [Summer]
Fukushima (Tohoku)
Others (Events Calendar)
Sagicho Matsuri
Big floats are ignited with fire one after the other and men wearing make-up dance wildly.
Weekend in mid-March - [Spring]
Shiga (Kansai)
Annual Events
Dai Himonjiyaki at Aso Fire Festival
The mountain is set ablaze to form the largest Chinese character in Japan. A fire festival held on volcanic Mt. Aso.
Weekend in mid-March - [Spring]
Kumamoto (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events