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Ibaraki: Kashima-jingu Jinko-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlights of this festival are chochin-machi in which worshipers hang hundreds of paper lanterns on the tall bamboo trees each and bring them all one by one into the sacred fire kindled in the shrine precincts, and a ...

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Toyama: Owara Kaze-no-Bon

Festival features owara-machi-nagashi, a parade of folk dancing to the tune of the music of shamisen (three-stringed musical instruments), bamboo flutes and taiko on the main streets in 11 old towns of the city. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 1 & 2 3 ...

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Gifu: Gujo Odori

Gifu: Gujo Odori

Folk Dance Meet, one of the most popular folk dancing events joined by thousands of people in yukata, to the accompaniment of festival music at several sites in the town. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 29 8 p.m.-11 p.m. ● Aug. 30 8 ...

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Fukushima: Hinoemata Kabuki-no Yube

One-night performance of local kabuki in the shrine precincts, handed down for generations in a rustic village called Hinoemata. Admission is ¥1,000. The guests of local accommodations in the village on the night are invited for free admission. Schedule & Key events: 7 p.m.- ...

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Fukui: Tsuruga Matsuri

This festival takes place simultaneously with an annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is go-horen junko, a procession of a sacred palanquin and Shinto priests in traditional costumes on horsebacks. Many more events are scheduled during the period. Schedule & ...

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Okinawa: Okinawa Zento Ei-sah Matsuri

Ei-sah is a traditional folk dancing native to Okinawa main island and is performed to the accompaniment with drumming. Groups of young people from all over Okinawa parade dancing ei-sah. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 4 6:20 p.m.-9 p.m. Ei-sah on the street ...

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Niigata: Katakai Matsuri Asahara-jinja Shunki Reitaisai

Annual Autumn Festival of the shrine. Katakai Hanabi (a spectacular fireworks display with a 400-year history) is held on the hill behind the shrine (15,000 fireworks in total, including the world’s largest one). Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 9 & 10 7:30 p.m.-10:20 ...

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Tokyo: Kichijoji Aki Matsuri

Autumn Festival of the area. Musashino Hachiman-gu Shrine’s mikoshi and other town’s mikoshi are carried on the main streets of the town. ● daily 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Parade of mikoshi Location: Musashino Hachiman-gu Shrine and others, Musashino, Tokyo Access: JR Chuo Line or Keio ...

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Chiba: Kazusa Junisha Matsuri (Hadaka Matsuri)

Festival with 1,200-year history, known as Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival). The highlight of this festival is jinkosai, in which mikoshi are carried by about a thousand of loin-clothed youth to Tsurigasaki Kaigan Beach where mikoshi are rushed along the beach and are jostled each ...

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Iwate: Hanamaki Matsuri

Festival with a 420-year history, features various parades of beautifully bedecked 12 floats, 140 mikoshi and shishi odori (people wearing deer head’s hoods and dancing with drums, native to Iwate Pref.). Schedule & Key events: ● daily 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Parade of floats and ...

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Kanagawa: Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Reitai-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a parade of three mikoshi followed by priests, horses, warriors and people in traditional costumes. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 15 from 1 p.m.: mikoshi proceeds from the shrine to Otabisho, and ...

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Iwate: Morioka Hachiman-gu Reisai & Morioka Aki Matsuri Dashi

Annual Autumn Festival of the shrine features 10 gorgeous dashi parading in the city daily. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 14 from 1 p.m.: Parade of mikoshi accompanied by the floats from the shrine, through the city ● Sept. 15 from 6 p.m.: ...

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Kanagawa: Menkake Gyoretsu

Parade of men wearing grotesque and comical masks to pray for a rich harvest of the year. Schedule & Key events: from 1 p.m.: Kagura performance from 2:30 p.m.: Parade of mikoshi and masked men in the neighborhood of the shrine Location: Goryo-jinja Shrine and ...

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Kyoto: Heian-jingu Shin-en Muryo Kohkai

Opening shin-en (the sacred garden) at the shrine to the public for free of charge. Japanese bush clovers are usually in full bloom in September. (Admission ¥600 is charged on any other days except Sept. 19.) Schedule & Key events: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: ...

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Mie: Waraji Matsuri

Festival of a Japanese traditional straw-made sandal, waraji. Four young men in traditional festival costumes carry huge waraji, and after the ceremony of purification, waraji is thrown into the sea to pray for the fishermen’s safety at sea. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. ...

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Tokyo: Akagi-jinja Reitai-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. Open-air stalls are set up in the shrine precincts. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 20 daytime Parade of mikoshi in the neighborhood of the shrine Location: Akagi-jinja Shrine and others, Shijuku-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai Line to ...

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