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Some no Komichi 2024

Nakai 西武新宿線 中井駅, 1-19-1 Nakaochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Until the 1950s, many dying factories could be found along the river near Nakai Station in Shinjuku Ward…

Nakameguro Sakura Matsuri 2024

Nakameguro 中目黒駅, 1-22 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival (中目黒桜まつり) is held at the beginning of April and organized by the workers in…

Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival 2024

Nagasaki Seaside Park Nagasaki Seaside Park, 22-17 Tokiwamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival (長崎帆船まつり, Nagasaki Hansen Matsuri) is one of a kind in Japan. It was…

Nikko Yayoi Festival 2024

Nikko Futarasan Shrine 2307 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi

The Yayoi Festival (弥生祭, Yayoi Matsuri) is held on the 13 to 17 of April each year at…

Nakizumo Crying Baby Festival 2024

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

The Crying Sumo Festival (泣き相撲) is undoubtedly one of Tokyo’s more unusual events—and one which has attracted the…

Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival) 2024

Okunitama Shrine Okunitama Shrine, 3-3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu, Tokyo

Kurayami Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s most popular festivals and one with a rich and long history with…

Kachiya Festival 2024

Kameidokatori Shrine Kameidokatori Shrine, 3-57-22 Kameido, Koto, Tokyo

Over 1,000 years ago the military leader Fujiwara no Hidesato came to the shrine to pray for victory…

Kyoto Aoi Matsuri 2024

Kyoto City Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto

The Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) or the “Hollyhock Festival” is one of Kyoto’s three major festivals (the others being…

Sanja Matsuri 2024

Asakusa Shrine Asakusa Shrine, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

Held annually on the third weekend of May, Sanja Matsuri is probably Tokyo’s biggest festival. It celebrates the…

Asakusa Yabusame Archery 2024

Sumida Park Sumida Park, 1-2-5 Mukojima, Sumida, Tokyo

Yabusame (horseback archery) has its roots in the Kamakura period when samurai used the competition to improve their skills…

Sanno Matsuri 2024

Hie Shrine Hie Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The Sanno Festival (山王祭) is the last of Tokyo’s major festivals and one of the three great festivals…

Kyoto Gion Festival 2024

Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto 八坂神社, 625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto

Kyoto’s Gion Festival (京都祇園祭, Kyoto Gion Matsuri) is the city’s biggest festival and one of the most famous…

Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 2024

Kappabashi Kitchen Town 合羽橋道具街, 3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito, Tokyo

Tanabata (七夕) has origins in a Chinese festival of old and is celebrated not just in Japan, but…

Asakusa Hozuki Ichi 2024

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

The Hozuki Ichi (ほおずき市, hōzuki-ichi) is a summer tradition that has been held since the Edo period on…

Mitama Matsuri 2024

Yasukuni Shrine Yasukuni Shrine, 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda, Tokyo

One of Tokyo’s most popular summer festivals, Mitama Matsuri (みたままつり) at Yasukuni Shrine has been held every year…

Nachi Fire Festival 2024

Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine 熊野那智大社, 1 Nachisan, Higashimuro, Wakayama

Nachi Fire Festival (那智の扇祭り, Nachi no Ogi Matsuri) or “Nachi Fan Festival” is one of three major fire…

Kagurazaka Matsuri 2024

Kagurazaka Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo

The Kagurazaka Matsuri lasts four days: two days for the Hozuki Market and two days for the Kagurazaka…

Tenjin Festival 2024

Osaka Tenmangu 2 Chome-1-8 Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward, Osaka

Reputedly one of Japan's top three festivals, Tenjin Festival (天神祭) is held on 24 and 25 July every…

Shinjuku Eisa Festival 2024

Shinjuku Shinjuku Station, 1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Eisa Matsuri is a Bon folk dance that originated in Okinawa to honor the spirit of ancestors, typically…

Numata Tengu Festival 2024

Numata, Gunma 沼田市役所, 780 Nishikurauchimachi, Numata, Gunma

Held every year on 3-5 August, The Numata Tengu Festival (沼田まつり, Numata Matsuri) is a famous festival in…

Fussa Tanabata Matsuri 2024

Fussa Station Fussa Station, Honcho, Fussa, Tokyo

The Fussa Tanabata Matsuri has been held every year since 1951 and today sees about 100 food, drink…

Akita Kanto Matsuri 2024

Akita 秋田駅, 7-1-2 Nakadori, Akita, Akita

The Akita Kanto Matsuri (秋田竿燈まつり) is an annual festival to pray for a good harvest known for the…