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  Description Prefecture(Area)/Category
Beppu Christmas HANABI Fantasia

2014/12/23 - 2014/12/24 [Winter]
Oita (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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)
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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)
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Dezome-shiki
Warning people of the dangers of fire through acrobatic stunts on top of ladders.
2015/1/6 - [Winter]
Tokyo (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.
2015/10/11 - 2015/10/13 [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'
2015/10/14 - 2015/10/15 [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
2015/10/16 - 2015/10/17 [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
2015/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Jidai Matsuri
A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators
2015/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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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)
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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)
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Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2015/11/17 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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)
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Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2015/11/29 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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
2015/11/3 - [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
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Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2015/11/5 - [Autumn]
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.
2015/12/1 - 2015/12/6 [Winter]
Saitama (Kanto)
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Gishi-sai
A festival honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh, popular in movies and dramas
2015/12/14 - [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
2015/12/15 - 2015/12/18 [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.
2015/2/14 - 2015/2/16 [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.
2015/2/17 - 2015/2/20 [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.
2015/2/3 - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
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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)
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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.
2015/3/1 - 2015/3/14 [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.
2015/3/14 - 2015/3/15 [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.
2015/3/21 - [Spring]
Kumamoto (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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.
2015/4/12 - 2015/4/20 [Spring]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
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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)
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Takayama Festival
Splendid parades and artisanship of the 15th Century are revived today.
2015/4/14 - 2015/4/15 [Spring]
Gifu (Chubu)
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Ukai (Cormorant Fishing)
Traditional fishing method manipulating seabirds, praised by Charlie Chaplin
2015/5/11 - 2015/10/15
Gifu (Chubu)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
2015/5/17 - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Hamamatsu Festival
A spectacular festival of some 100 large kites flying over sand dunes.
2015/5/3 - 2015/5/5 [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.
2015/5/3 - 2015/5/4 [Spring]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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
2015/5/7 - 2015/5/15 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Yosakoi Soran Festival

2015/6/10 - 2015/6/14 [Summer]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
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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
2015/6/13 - [Summer]
Iwate (Tohoku)
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Otaue Rice Planting Festival
An ancient event praying for a rich rice harvest with merry dancing and songs
2015/6/14 - [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
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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)
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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)
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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
2015/7/1 - 2015/7/15 [Summer]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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
2015/7/14 - 2015/7/14 [Summer]
Wakayama (Kansai)
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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
2015/7/22 - 2015/7/24 [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.
2015/7/24 - 2015/7/25 [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
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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.
2015/7/25 - 2015/7/27 [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.
2015/7/25 - 2015/7/25 [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Wonder Festival

2015/7/26 - 2015/7/26 [Summer]
Chiba (Kanto)
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Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
2015/8/1 - 2015/8/7 [Summer]
Aomori (Tohoku)
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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.
2015/8/12 - 2015/8/15 [Summer]
Tokushima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
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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)
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Daimonji Gozan Okuribi
Spectacular okuribi bonfires on five Kyoto mountains signaling the end of summer.
2015/8/16 - [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
2015/8/2 - 2015/8/7 [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.
2015/8/26 - 2015/8/27 [Summer]
Aichi (Chubu)
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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)
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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)
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Sendai Tanabata Matsuri
Renowned as the 'Green City,' Sendai becomes immersed in Tanabata decorations.
2015/8/6 - 2015/8/8 [Summer]
Miyagi (Tohoku)
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
Let us unite in prayer for peace, regardless of race or nationality.
2015/8/6 - [Summer]
Hiroshima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
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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)
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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)
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Reitaisai
Yabusame, a Shinto ritual of shooting arrows on horseback, is famous worldwide.
2015/9/14 - 2015/9/16 [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
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Tamaseseri
Half-naked men scramble for a lucky 8-kg ball in a shower of cold water
2016/1/3 - [Winter]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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.
2016/1/7 - [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.
2016/1/8 - 2016/1/11 [Winter]
Osaka (Kansai)
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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2014
PHOTO COURTESY : Nagasaki Kanko Renmei
2016/2/8 - 2016/2/22 [Winter]
Nagasaki (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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)
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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 (Hokkaido)
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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 (June 17th according to the lunar calendar) - Early August [Summer]
Hiroshima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
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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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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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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)
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