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Local Kabuki Performance (special event with english guide)
In order to maintain the Gifu's long-standing local kabuki tradition known as ji-kabuki, people organize periodical performances as well as various other events across the region.
Phone:0584-71-6133 (GIFU JIKABUKI TOURISM OFFICE)
2015/10/11 - 2016/3/27
Gifu (Chubu)
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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)
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Wonder Festival

2016/2/7 - [Winter]
Chiba (Kanto)
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Nagasaki Lantern Festival
PHOTO COURTESY : Nagasaki Kanko Renmei
2016/2/8 - 2016/2/22 [Winter]
Nagasaki (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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)
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Yosakoi Soran Festival

2016/6/8 - 2016/6/12 [Summer]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
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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)
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Takayama Festival
Splendid parades and artisanship of the 15th Century are revived today.
April 14th - April 15th [Spring]
Gifu (Chubu)
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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)
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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)
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Yamaga Toro Matsuri
A dreamlike Bon odori dance with bright lanterns wavering in the dark night.
August 15th - August 16th [Summer]
Kumamoto (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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Daimonji Gozan Okuribi
Spectacular okuribi bonfires on five Kyoto mountains signaling the end of summer.
August 16th - [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
August 1st - August 7th [Summer]
Aomori (Tohoku)
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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)
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Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
August 2nd - August 7th [Summer]
Aomori (Tohoku)
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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)
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Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri
A performance of 10,000 dancers holding hanagasa (flower hats) adorned with safflowers.
August 5th - August 7th [Summer]
Yamagata (Tohoku)
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Sendai Tanabata Matsuri
Renowned as the 'Green City,' Sendai becomes immersed in Tanabata decorations.
August 6th - August 8th [Summer]
Miyagi (Tohoku)
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
Let us unite in prayer for peace, regardless of race or nationality.
August 6th - [Summer]
Hiroshima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
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Gishi-sai (Winter)
A festival honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh, popular in movies and dramas
December 14th - [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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)
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Hagoita-Ichi
A lively fair full of Edo sentiments, brightly coloring downtown Tokyo at the year-end
December 17th - December 19th [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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)
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Oga Namahage Festival
On New Year's Eve, strange deities holding cooking knives go around visiting homes in Oga
December 31st - [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Setsubun Mantoro
Candle fire lights up 3,000 lanterns.
Here you can experience a fantastic world of antiquity.
February 3rd - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
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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)
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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)
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Tamaseseri
Half-naked men scramble for a lucky 8-kg ball in a shower of cold water
January 3rd - [Winter]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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Dezome-shiki
Warning people of the dangers of fire through acrobatic stunts on top of ladders.
January 6th - [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Gion Matsuri
Gorgeous floats, sometimes called 'mobile art museums,' parade down the main streets of Kyoto
July 1st - July 31st [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Otaue Rice Planting Festival
An ancient event praying for a rich rice harvest with merry dancing and songs
June 14th - [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
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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)
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Sanno Matsuri
A procession of 300 people dressed in ancient costumes parades through the heart of Tokyo.
June 7th - June 17th [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Ukai (Cormorant Fishing)
Traditional fishing method manipulating seabirds, praised by Charlie Chaplin
May 11th - October 15th
Gifu (Chubu)
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Aoi Matsuri
An ancient festival full of elegance - a magnificent procession dating back 1,000 years reproduced in Kyoto
May 15th - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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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)
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Hamamatsu Festival
A spectacular festival of some 100 large kites flying over sand dunes.
May 3rd - May 5th [Spring]
Shizuoka (Chubu)
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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)
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Gujo Odori Dance Performance
Tourists and local people all dance merrily together in one big circle.
Mid July - Early September [Summer]
Gifu (Chubu)
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Karatsu Kunchi Festival
Huge hikiyama floats are artistic masterpieces of Japan's wonderful festival culture
November 2nd - November 4th [Autumn]
Saga (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Jidai Matsuri
A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators
October 22nd - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Reitaisai
Yabusame, a Shinto ritual of shooting arrows on horseback, is famous worldwide.
September 14th - September 16th [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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