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Nakameguro Sakura Matsuri 2023

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…

Kanamara Matsuri (“Penis Festival”) 2023

Kanayama Shrine Kanayama Shrine, 2-13-16 Daishi Ekimae, Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Kanamara Matsuri (otherwise known as the "Penis Festival" or “Festival of the Steel Phallus”) is an annual festival…

Hana Matsuri at Sensoji 2023

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

This event at Sensoji Temple celebrates the Buddha’s birthday on 8 April and is more formally called Bussho-e…

Kamakura Spring Festival 2023

Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, 2 Chome-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa

The Kamakura Matsuri is a week-long festival held from the 2nd Sunday of April to welcome in spring.…

Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival 2023

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 2023

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…

Asakusa Yabusame Archery 2023

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…

Meiji Jingu Spring Grand Festival 2023

Meiji Shrine Meiji Jingu, 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Meiji Jingu Spring Grand Festival (春の大祭) is a series of traditional performances that take place at the…

Teruhime Matsuri 2023

Shukujii Park 石神井公園, 1-26 Shakujiidai, Nerima, Tokyo

This festival started in 1988 as a way to remind people of the prestigious past of this area…

Nakizumo Crying Baby Festival 2023

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) 2023

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…

Ome Grand Festival 2023

Sumiyoshi Shrine 12 Sumiecho, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Ome, Tokyo

Held on the 2nd and 3rd of May every year the Ome Grand Festival ("Ome Taisai") is—as its…

Hakata Dontaku Port Festival 2023

Fukuoka City Fukuoka, Fukuoka

The Hakata Dontaku (博多どんたく港まつり, Hakata Dontaku Minato Matsuri) is one of the most popular festivals during “Golden Week”,…

Kanda Matsuri 2023

Kanda Myojin 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Kanda Matsuri is held in mid-May at Kanda Myojin Shrine on odd numbered years (so intense was the…

Yokohama International Costume Parade 2023

Yamashita Park Yamashita Park, 279 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Annual parade with marching bands and dance teams that takes place during the Golden Week holidays. Check the…

Kachiya Festival 2023

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…

Shibuya-Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri 2023

Shibuya Shibuya Station, 2 Chrome Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Shibuya-Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri (おはら祭) is an annual event held in the center of Shibuya which has roots in Ohara-bushi…

Kyoto Aoi Matsuri 2023

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 2023

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…

Okinawa Festival 2023

Yoyogi Park (Events Area) 代々木公園野外ステージ, 2-2-3 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Okinawa Festival returns this year with performances from musicians on the main stage, food stalls, and booths…