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  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)
Huis Ten Bosch Kingdom of Light

2014/10/31 - 2015/4/13
Nagasaki (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Others (Events Calendar)
Marunouchi Illumination 2014

2014/11/13 - 2015/2/15 [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
"Namba Hikaritabi" illumination

2014/11/8 - 2015/2/15 [Winter]
Osaka (Kyoto/Osaka)
Others (Events Calendar)
OSAKA Hikari Renaissance

2014/12/1 - 2015/1/18 [Winter]
Osaka (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
JAPAN SHOPPING FESTIVAL 2015

2014/12/1 - 2015/2/28 [Winter]
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Shopping Facilities
SENDAI Pageant of Starlight

2014/12/12 - 2014/12/31 [Winter]
Miyagi (Tohoku)
Others (Events Calendar)
Beppu Christmas HANABI Fantasia

2014/12/23 - 2014/12/24 [Winter]
Oita (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Tokyo Michi Terrace 2014

2014/12/24 - 2014/12/28 [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kobe Luminarie

2014/12/4 - 2014/12/15 [Winter]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Sumo
Spring Grand Tournament
2015/1/11 - 2015/1/25 [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
Bonden-sai
A contest to become the first to reach the sacred mountain, carrying bonden for the gods to descend.
2015/1/17 - 2015/1/17 [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
NARA Yamayaki
An entire hill is set ablaze in winter. A New Year event which originated in boundary disputes among temples.
2015/1/24 - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Dezome-shiki
Warning people of the dangers of fire through acrobatic stunts on top of ladders.
2015/1/6 - [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Ikegami Honmonji O-Eshiki
Over 300,000 worshippers at Buddhist memorial service commemorating the anniversary of High Priest Nichiren's death.
2015/10/11 - 2015/10/13 [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
NTT Triathlon Japan Cup
PHOTO COURTESY : Satoshi Takasaki/JTU
2015/10/11 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Sports Events
Nada no Kenka Matsuri
Portable shrines fiercely jolted against one another produce breathtaking scenes befitting a 'Fighting Festival'
2015/10/14 - 2015/10/15 [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
2015/10/16 - 2015/10/17 [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
2015/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Jidai Matsuri
A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators
2015/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition

2015/10/3 - [Autumn]
Ibaraki (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
National Cultural Festival

2015/10/31 - 2015/11/15 [Autumn]
Kagoshima (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Art Festival
National Cultural Festival

2015/10/31 - 2015/11/15 [Autumn]
Kagoshima (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Art Festival
Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
A festival rich in cosmopolitan atmosphere befitting a city which has prospered through trade.
2015/10/7 - 2015/10/9 [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.
2015/10/9 - 2015/10/10 [Autumn]
Gifu (Chubu)
Annual Events
Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2015/11/17 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Karatsu Kunchi Festival
Huge hikiyama floats are artistic masterpieces of Japan's wonderful festival culture
2015/11/2 - 2015/11/4 [Autumn]
Saga (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2015/11/29 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
The festival shouts of 'Down! Down! The Lord comes!' echoing in the hot spring town under the autumn sky
2015/11/3 - [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Annual Events
Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2015/11/5 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Sumo
November Grand Tournament
2015/11/8 - 2015/11/22 [Autumn]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Sports Events
Chichibu Yomatsuri
Gorgeous floats dash up a steep slope. The fireworks displays lighting up the winter evening sky are spectacular.
2015/12/1 - 2015/12/6 [Winter]
Saitama (Kanto)
Annual Events
Gishi-sai
A festival honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh, popular in movies and dramas
2015/12/14 - [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri
An elegant festival of traditional performing arts continuously passed down since the 12th Century
2015/12/15 - 2015/12/18 [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Hagoita-Ichi
A lively fair full of Edo sentiments, brightly coloring downtown Tokyo at the year-end
2015/12/17 - 2015/12/19 [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Okera-Mairi Festival
A traditional New Year's Eve ritual of Kyoto praying for sound health in the New Year
2015/12/31 - [Winter]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Oga Namahage Festival
On New Year's Eve, strange deities holding cooking knives go around visiting homes in Oga
2015/2/1 - [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
HAKONE SWEETS COLLECTION

2015/2/1 - 2015/4/12
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival
A fantastic world appearing on a snow country evening. Chatting with children in rooms made of snow.
2015/2/14 - 2015/2/16 [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
TOKYO RUNWAY
PHOTO COURTESY : TOKYO RUNWAY
2015/2/14 - [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Fashion Events
Kyoto Marathon

2015/2/15 - 2015/2/15 [Winter]
Kyoto (Kyoto/Osaka)
Sports Events
Hachinohe Enburi
Dancing and praying for a rich harvest.A dance expressing farm work to signal the arrival of the northern spring.
2015/2/17 - 2015/2/20 [Winter]
Aomori (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Yubari International fantastic Film Festival

2015/2/19 - 2015/2/23 [Winter]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
Others (Events Calendar)
TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION
PHOTO COURTESY : TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION 2013 A/W
2015/2/28 - [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Fashion Events
Setsubun Mantoro
Candle fire lights up 3,000 lanterns. Here you can experience a fantastic world of antiquity.
2015/2/3 - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
The 18th Japan Media Arts Festival

2015/2/4 - 2015/2/15 [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Art Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo turns into a snow museum! Internationally renowned and Japan's largest snow festival.
2015/2/5 - 2015/2/11 [Winter]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
Annual Events
HAKUBA YUKIKOI FESTIVAL
PHOTO COURTESY : Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village
2015/2/6 - 2015/2/14 [Winter]
Nagano (Chubu)
Others (Events Calendar)
Omizutori
This event goes back 1,000 years. Buddhist priests draw up healing waters and run about with huge pine torches.
2015/3/1 - 2015/3/14 [Spring]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Sagicho Matsuri
Big floats are ignited with fire one after the other and men wearing make-up dance wildly.
2015/3/14 - 2015/3/15 [Spring]
Shiga (Kansai)
Annual Events
IZU TRAIL Journey

2015/3/15 - [Spring]
Shizuoka (Chubu)
Sports Events
Art Fair Tokyo

2015/3/20 - 2015/3/22 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Art Festival
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.
2015/3/21 - [Spring]
Kumamoto (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
AnimeJapan 2015
"AnimeJapan" 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.
2015/3/21 - 2015/3/22 [Spring]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Anime Events
Tokyo Motorcycle Show

2015/3/27 - 2015/3/29 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Osaka Asian Film Festival

2015/3/6 - 2015/4/15 [Spring]
Osaka (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Nagoya City Marathon

2015/3/7 - 2015/3/8 [Spring]
Aichi (Chubu)
Sports Events
KOBE COLLECTION 2015 SPRING/SUMMER
PHOTO COURTESY : KOBE COLLECTION
2015/3/7 - [Spring]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Fashion Events
Nagoya Women's Marathon

2015/3/8 - [Spring]
Aichi (Chubu)
Sports Events
Sumo
March Grand Tournament
2015/3/8 - 2015/3/22 [Spring]
Osaka (Kyoto/Osaka)
Sports Events
Kamakura Festival
At the shrine which serves as a symbol of Kamakura, the samurai society of the Medieval Period is revived.
2015/4/12 - 2015/4/20 [Spring]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Annual Events
Yayoi Festival
A parade of beautiful floats respecting ancient traditions at a shrine registered as a World Heritage Site.
2015/4/13 - 2015/4/17 [Spring]
Tochigi (Kanto)
Annual Events
Takayama Festival
Splendid parades and artisanship of the 15th Century are revived today.
2015/4/14 - 2015/4/15 [Spring]
Gifu (Chubu)
Annual Events
Fuji Shibazakura Festival

2015/4/18 - 2015/5/31 [Spring]
Yamanashi (Chubu)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kasumigaura Marathon

2015/4/19 - [Winter]
Ibaraki (Kanto)
Sports Events
Mashiko Pottery Fair
PHOTO COURTESY : Mashiko Town Tourist Association
2015/4/29 - 2015/5/6 [Spring]
Tochigi (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
ECO SLOW MARATHON INBA 2015

2015/4/5 - [Spring]
Chiba (Kanto)
Sports Events
Sumo
May Grand Tournament
2015/5/10 - 2015/5/24 [Spring]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
Ukai (Cormorant Fishing)
Traditional fishing method manipulating seabirds, praised by Charlie Chaplin
2015/5/11 - 2015/10/15
Gifu (Chubu)
Annual Events
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo's hottest festival of portable shrines taking place in a quarter retaining traditional culture
2015/5/15 - 2015/5/17 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Aoi Matsuri
An ancient festival full of elegance - a magnificent procession dating back 1,000 years reproduced in Kyoto
2015/5/15 - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Takigi O-Noh (Nara)
A beautiful and mystic musical theater lit up by bonfires in the evening darkness.
2015/5/15 - 2015/5/16 [Spring]
Nara (Kansai)
Annual Events
Tokyo International BarShow WHISKY EXPO JAPAN 2015

2015/5/16 - 2015/5/17 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Shunki Reitaisai (Grand Festival of Spring)
A procession of 1,000 samurai warriors staged at a world heritage site
2015/5/17 - 2015/5/18 [Spring]
Tochigi (Kanto)
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
2015/5/17 - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Hamamatsu Festival
A spectacular festival of some 100 large kites flying over sand dunes.
2015/5/3 - 2015/5/5 [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.
2015/5/3 - 2015/5/4 [Spring]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Kanda Matsuri
100 portable shrines gather for this festival and a procession of 300 people parades through the streets of Tokyo
2015/5/7 - 2015/5/15 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Yosakoi Soran Festival

2015/6/10 - 2015/6/14 [Summer]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
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
2015/6/13 - [Summer]
Iwate (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Otaue Rice Planting Festival
An ancient event praying for a rich rice harvest with merry dancing and songs
2015/6/14 - [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Firefly Watching
Around Tanukiko Lake situated right in front of Kyukamura FUJI, there is a good tourist spot where Genji fireflies and Heike fireflies can be watched.
2015/6/15 - 2015/7/10 [Summer]
Shizuoka (Chubu)
Others (Events Calendar)
Sanno Matsuri
A procession of 300 people dressed in ancient costumes parades through the heart of Tokyo.
2015/6/7 - 2015/6/17 [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Gion Matsuri
Gorgeous floats, sometimes called 'mobile art museums,' parade down the main streets of Kyoto
2015/7/1 - 2015/7/31 [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
2015/7/1 - 2015/7/15 [Summer]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Sumo
July Grand Tournament
2015/7/12 - 2015/7/26 [Summer]
Aichi (Chubu)
Sports Events
Nachi-no-Hi-Matsuri
Huge pine torches weighing 50 kg are waved about in front of the great sacred falls in the mountains
2015/7/14 - 2015/7/14 [Summer]
Wakayama (Kansai)
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
2015/7/22 - 2015/7/24 [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.
2015/7/24 - 2015/7/25 [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
Fuji Rock Festival

2015/7/24 - 2015/7/26 [Summer]
Niigata (Chubu)
Music 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.
2015/7/25 - 2015/7/27 [Summer]
Fukushima (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai
The evening sky of oldtown Tokyo is brightly colored with several tens of thousands of fireworks.
2015/7/25 - 2015/7/25 [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Annual Events
Wonder Festival

2015/7/26 - 2015/7/26 [Summer]
Chiba (Kanto)
Annual Events
SAPPORO CITY JAZZ Ezo Groove 2015
Sapporo City Jazz is one of the biggest Japanese Jazz festivals in summer. It attracts a lot of Japanese and visitors from all over the world.
2015/7/9 - 2015/8/29 [Summer]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
Music Events
Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
2015/8/1 - 2015/8/7 [Summer]
Aomori (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Nagaoka Festival

2015/8/1 - 2015/8/3 [Summer]
Niigata (Chubu)
Others (Events Calendar)
Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima
A seasonal delight of Tokushima in the entire city resounding with festival music and dance.
2015/8/12 - 2015/8/15 [Summer]
Tokushima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
Annual Events
Yamaga Toro Matsuri
A dreamlike Bon odori dance with bright lanterns wavering in the dark night.
2015/8/15 - 2015/8/16 [Summer]
Kumamoto (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Lake Suwako Firework Display

2015/8/15 - [Summer]
Nagano (Chubu)
Others (Events Calendar)
Daimonji Gozan Okuribi
Spectacular okuribi bonfires on five Kyoto mountains signaling the end of summer.
2015/8/16 - [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
2015/8/2 - 2015/8/7 [Summer]
Aomori (Tohoku)
Annual Events
The All-Japan National Fireworks Competition

2015/8/22 - [Summer]
Akita (Tohoku)
Others (Events Calendar)
Dai-Chochin Matsuri
A festival to ward off evil spirits and pray for a calm sea and a large catch.
2015/8/26 - 2015/8/27 [Summer]
Aichi (Chubu)
Annual Events
Akita Kanto Matsuri
Looming up in the darkness, the kanto bamboo poles waver like ears of rice plants
2015/8/3 - 2015/8/6 [Summer]
Akita (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri
A performance of 10,000 dancers holding hanagasa (flower hats) adorned with safflowers.
2015/8/5 - 2015/8/7 [Summer]
Yamagata (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Sendai Tanabata Matsuri
Renowned as the 'Green City,' Sendai becomes immersed in Tanabata decorations.
2015/8/6 - 2015/8/8 [Summer]
Miyagi (Tohoku)
Annual Events
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
Let us unite in prayer for peace, regardless of race or nationality.
2015/8/6 - [Summer]
Hiroshima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
Annual Events
Lake Biwa Firework Display
PHOTO COURTESY : Biwako Visitors Bureau
2015/8/7 - [Summer]
Shiga (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Tokyo Bay Firework Display

2015/8/8 - [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
Others (Events Calendar)
Kobe Bay Firework Display

2015/8/8 - [Summer]
Hyogo (Kansai)
Others (Events Calendar)
Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival
A festival praying for protection against wind damage and for an abundant autumn harvest.
2015/9/1 - 2015/9/3 [Autumn]
Toyama (Chubu)
Annual Events
Sapporo Autumn Fest
Most of Odori Park becomes a food paradise with a large array of delicacies from many areas of Hokkaido! Indulge in popular dishes made from local, fresh ingredients and relax in the unique festival atmosphere.
2015/9/11 - 2015/10/4 [Autumn]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
Annual Events
Sumo
September Grand Tournament
2015/9/13 - 2015/9/27 [Autumn]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
Reitaisai
Yabusame, a Shinto ritual of shooting arrows on horseback, is famous worldwide.
2015/9/14 - 2015/9/16 [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Annual Events
Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

2015/9/24 - 2015/9/28 [Autumn]
Mie (Chubu)
Sports Events
ULTRA-TRAIL Mt.FUJI®

2015/9/25 - 2015/9/27 [Autumn]
Yamanashi (Chubu)
Sports Events
Hakone Ekiden
Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race
2016/1/2 - 2016/1/3 [Winter]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
Sports Events
Tamaseseri
Half-naked men scramble for a lucky 8-kg ball in a shower of cold water
2016/1/3 - [Winter]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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.
2016/1/7 - [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.
2016/1/8 - 2016/1/11 [Winter]
Osaka (Kansai)
Annual Events
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 - 2016/2/28 [Winter]
Tokyo (Tokyo and vicinity)
Sports Events
Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2014
PHOTO COURTESY : Nagasaki Kanko Renmei
2016/2/8 - 2016/2/22 [Winter]
Nagasaki (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Annual Events
Nagoya Women's Marathon

2016/3/13 - 2016/3/13 [Spring]
Aichi (Chubu)
Sports Events
Jingu Gaien Firworks Festival

August - [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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 - [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
Annual Events
Sapporo Summer Festival
Attracting more than a million visitors to its cavernous beer garden in Odori Park. Bon Odori dance, antique fair, shopping street;, the Susukino Festival, and numerous other events are held together.
End of July - End of August [Summer]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
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 (June 17th according to the lunar calendar) - Early August [Summer]
Hiroshima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
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
Ocean Expo Park Summer Festival

Mid July - [Summer]
Okinawa (Kyushu/Okinawa)
Others (Events Calendar)
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
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