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Ohara Hadaka Matsuri 2024

Ohara Station 大原駅, Ohara, Isumi, Chiba

The Ohara Hadaka Matsuri (大原はだか祭り, “Ohara Naked Festival”) is a 2-day annual festival held in Isumi City, Chiba.…

Nezu Shrine Annual Grand Festival 2024

Nezu Shrine Nezu Shrine, 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo, Tokyo

Popular annual festival at Nezu Shrine near Yanaka. The shrine’s spacious grounds will be filled with festival stalls…

Hatsudai Awa Odori Festival 2024

Hatsudai Hatsudai Station, 1-1 Hommachi, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Hatsudari Awa Odori Festival has been held in the commercial district of Hatsudai annual on 21/22 September…

Koganei Awaodori Dance Festival 2024

Musashi-Koganei Station Musashi-Koganei Station, 6-14 Honcho, Koganei, Tokyo

The true Awa Dance Festival is Shikoku is Japan’s biggest dance festival, attracting well over one million visitors…

Bake-Neko Halloween Parade 2024

Kagurazaka Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Bake-neko (literally “changed” or “supernatural” cat) are a common occurrence in Japanese mythology and what better time to…

Nihombashi Ebisuko Bettara Ichi 2024

Takarada Ebisu Shrine Takarada Ebisu Shrine, 4-10 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo, Tokyo

This traditional autumn festival has roots dating back to the beginning of the Edo period and is held…

Kawagoe Festival 2024

Kawagoe Kurazukuri District 川越市蔵造り資料館, 7-9 Saiwaichō, Kawagoe, Saitama

The Kawagoe Matsuri is held over 2-days every year on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October. What…

Kurama Fire Festival 2024

Kurama Kurama Station, 191 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

Fire-festival held on 22 October each year famous for its procession of men bearing huge flaming torches, some…

Kyoto: Jidai Matsuri 2024

Kyoto City Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto

Jidai Matsuri (時代祭, "Festival of the Ages") celebrates the foundation of Kyoto and is held on the 22…

Nihombashi-Kyobashi Matsuri 2024

Nihombashi 日本橋, 1-Chome Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo, Tokyo

If you know a little about the history of Japan then you’ll have heard of the “Five Routes”…

Mount Takao Autumn Leaves Festival 2024

Kiyotaki Station 清滝駅, Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo

The Mount Takao Autumn Leaves Festival (“Mount Takao Momiji Matsuri”) is held throughout the month of November every…

Chichibu Yomatsuri 2024

Chichibu Shrine 秩父神社, 1-3 Banbamachi, Chichibu, Saitama

One of Japan’s greatest hikiyama (float) festivals, the Chichibu Yomatsuri is held 2-3 December every year and attracts…

Sengakuji’s Ako Gishi Sai 2024

Sengakuji Sengaku-ji, 2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato, Tokyo

The story of the 47 ronin is one of Japan’s most celebrated and famous. While in English it…

Oji Fox Parade 2024

Oji Inari Shrine 王子稲荷神社, 1-12-26 Kishimachi, Kita, Tokyo

The legend goes that foxes from all regions would gather under a large tree on New Year’s Eve…

Ome Daruma Market 2025

Ome City Hall 1-11-1 Higashiome, Ome, Tokyo

Daruma are hollow, round, traditional Japanese dolls that are usually weighted at the bottom so no matter which…

Daikoku Matsuri 2025

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

The association of Kanda Myojin with wealth and good fortune (it is after all home to two of…

Dosojin Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2025

Nozawa Onsen Village Shimotakai District, Nagano

The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival (野沢温泉道祖神火祭り, Nozawa Onsen Dōsojin Hi-matsuri) is held on 15 January every year and…

Sapporo Snow Festival 2025

Odori Park, Sapporo 大通公園, 7-chrome Odorinishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido

What started off in 1950 as community event to display six snow statues made by local high school…

Setsubun at Narita-san 2025

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple 成田山新勝寺, 1 Narita, Narita, Tokyo

While setsubun festivals are held at many temples across the country, the rituals at Asakusa’s Sensoji, Takao-san Yakuo-in…

Setsubun (Bean Tossing) at Sensoji 2025

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

Traditionally setsubun (節分) marks the day before the beginning of a new season, but in post-Edo times the…

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival 2025

Otaru, Hokkaido Otaru Station, 2 Chome-22 Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido

The Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (小樽雪あかりの路, Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi) began in 1999 with the hope…

Saidaiji Eyo (“Naked Festival”) 2025

Saidaiji Kannon-in 別格本山 金陵山西大寺観音院, 3 Chome-8-8 Saidaijinaka, Higashi Ward, Okayama, Okayama

The Saidaiji Eyō (西大寺会陽), more commonly known as the Hadaka Matsuri (“Naked Festival”), gets more international media attention…

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival 2025

Yokote, Akita 横手市民会館, 13-1 Minamimachi, Yokote, Akita

The ritual of hollowing out a mound of snow and building a small hut like an igloo is…