Description Prefecture(Area)/Category
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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Beppu Christmas HANABI Fantasia

December 23th - December 24th [Winter]
Oita (Kyushu/Okinawa)
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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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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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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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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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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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