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  Description Prefecture(Area)/Category
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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Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2013/11/15 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2013/11/27 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Tori-no-Ichi
A fair passed down since the Edo Period, thriving with people praying for good business
2013/11/3 - [Autumn]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Gishi-sai (Winter)
A festival honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh, popular in movies and dramas
2013/12/14 - [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
2013/12/15 - 2013/18 [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
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Hagoita-Ichi
A lively fair full of Edo sentiments, brightly coloring downtown Tokyo at the year-end
2013/12/17 - 2013/12/19 [Winter]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Beppu Christmas HANABI Fantasia

2013/12/23 - 2013/12/24 [Winter]
Oita (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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Oga Namahage Festival
On New Year's Eve, strange deities holding cooking knives go around visiting homes in Oga
2013/12/31 - [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
2013/12/31 - [Winter]
Kyoto (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.
2014/1/17 - 2014/1/17 [Winter]
Akita (Tohoku)
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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)
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Tamaseseri
Half-naked men scramble for a lucky 8-kg ball in a shower of cold water
2014/1/3 - [Winter]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2014
PHOTO COURTESY : Nagasaki Kanko Renmei
2014/1/31 - 2014/2/14 [Winter]
Nagasaki (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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Dezome-shiki
Warning people of the dangers of fire through acrobatic stunts on top of ladders.
2014/1/6 - [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.
2014/1/7 - [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.
2014/1/9 - 2014/1/11 [Winter]
Osaka (Kansai)
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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.
2014/10/11 - 2014/10/13 [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'
2014/10/14 - 2014/10/15 [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
2014/10/17 - [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
2014/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Jidai Matsuri
A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators
2014/10/22 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
A festival rich in cosmopolitan atmosphere befitting a city which has prospered through trade.
2014/10/7 - 2014/10/9 [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.
2014/10/9 - 2014/10/10 [Autumn]
Gifu (Chubu)
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Karatsu Kunchi Festival
Huge hikiyama floats are artistic masterpieces of Japan's wonderful festival culture
2014/11/2 - 2014/2/4 [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
2014/11/3 - [Autumn]
Kanagawa (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.
2014/12/2 - 2014/12/3 [Winter]
Saitama (Kanto)
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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.
2014/2/15 - 2014/2/16 [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.
2014/2/17 - 2014/2/20 [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.
2014/2/3 - [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
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Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo turns into a snow museum!
Internationally renowned and Japan's largest snow festival.
2014/2/5 - 2014/2/11 [Winter]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
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Wonder Festival

2014/2/9 - 2014/2/9 [Winter]
Chiba (Kanto)
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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.
2014/3/1 - 2014/3/14 [Winter]
Nara (Kansai)
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Gishi-sai (Spring)
A festival honoring the forty-seven loyal retainers in Akoh, popular in movies and dramas
2014/4/1 - 2014/4/7 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Yayoi Festival
A parade of beautiful floats respecting ancient traditions at a shrine registered as a World Heritage Site.
2014/4/13 - 2014/4/17 [Spring]
Tochigi (Kanto)
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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.
2014/4/13 - 2014/4/20 [Spring]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
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Takayama Festival
Splendid parades and artisanship of the 15th Century are revived today.
2014/4/14 - 2014/4/15 [Spring]
Gifu (Chubu)
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Ukai (Cormorant Fishing)
Traditional fishing method manipulating seabirds, praised by Charlie Chaplin
2014/5/11 - 2014/10/15
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
2014/5/15 - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo's hottest festival of portable shrines taking place in a quarter retaining traditional culture
2014/5/16 - 2014/5/18 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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)
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Shunki Reitaisai (Grand Festival of Spring)
A procession of 1,000 samurai warriors staged at a world heritage site
2014/5/17 - 2014/5/18 [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
2014/5/18 - [Spring]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Hamamatsu Festival
A spectacular festival of some 100 large kites flying over sand dunes.
2014/5/3 - 2014/5/5 [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.
2014/5/3 - 2014/5/4 [Spring]
Fukuoka (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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Otaue Rice Planting Festival
An ancient event praying for a rich rice harvest with merry dancing and songs
2014/6/14 - [Summer]
Osaka (Kansai)
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Yosakoi Soran Festival

2014/6/4 - 2014/6/8 [Summer]
Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
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Sanno Matsuri
A procession of 300 people dressed in ancient costumes parades through the heart of Tokyo.
2014/6/6 - 2014/6/17 [Spring]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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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)
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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
2014/7/1 - 2014/7/15 [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
2014/7/14 - [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
2014/7/22 - 2014/7/24 [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.
2014/7/24 - 2014/7/25 [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.
2014/7/26 - 2014/7/28 [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.
2014/7/26 - 2014/7/26 [Summer]
Tokyo (Kanto)
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Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
2014/8/1 - 2014/8/7 [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.
2014/8/12 - 2014/8/15 [Summer]
Tokushima (Chugoku/Shikoku)
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Yamaga Toro Matsuri
A dreamlike Bon odori dance with bright lanterns wavering in the dark night.
2014/8/15 - 2014/8/16 [Summer]
Kumamoto (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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Daimonji Gozan Okuribi
Spectacular okuribi bonfires on five Kyoto mountains signaling the end of summer.
2014/8/16 - [Summer]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Gigantic papier-mache dolls decorating the Tohoku night with bright colors.
2014/8/2 - 2014/8/7 [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.
2014/8/26 - 2014/8/27 [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
2014/8/3 - 2014/8/6 [Summer]
Akita (Tohoku)
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Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri
A performance of 10,000 dancers holding hanagasa (flower hats) adorned with safflowers.
2014/8/5 - 2014/8/7 [Summer]
Yamagata (Tohoku)
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Sendai Tanabata Matsuri
Renowned as the 'Green City,' Sendai becomes immersed in Tanabata decorations.
2014/8/6 - 2014/8/8 [Summer]
Miyagi (Tohoku)
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
Let us unite in prayer for peace, regardless of race or nationality.
2014/8/6 - [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.
2014/9/1 - 2014/9/3 [Autumn]
Toyama (Chubu)
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Reitaisai
Yabusame, a Shinto ritual of shooting arrows on horseback, is famous worldwide.
2014/9/14 - 2014/9/16 [Autumn]
Kanagawa (Kanto)
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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 - [Autumn]
Kyoto (Kansai)
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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<br /> (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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Sagicho Matsuri
Big floats are ignited with fire one after the other and men wearing make-up dance wildly.
Mid. March - [Spring]
Shiga (Kansai)
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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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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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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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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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