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Nara: Yakushiji Shuni-e Hana-e-shiki

Flower Offering Ceremony. This festival symbolizes the arrival of spring, and is to pray for the prosperous world. The interior of the temple’s main hall is lavishly decorated with a variety of flowers. Admission is ¥1,100. Schedule & Key events: ● March 26 from ...

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Tokyo: Shinki-sai (Taimatsu Matsuri)

Torchlight Festival featuring a torchlight parade of about 200 children and adults. If it rains, the parade will be canceled, and only the Shinto ritual will be held indoors. Schedule & Key events: 6 p.m.- Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Koto-ku, Tokyo Access: JR Sobu ...

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Tokyo: Tsubaki Matsuri

Camellia Festival. Various species of camellia are usually in bloom during the festival period on Oshima Island. The festival features Oshima local performing arts such as Anko-no-Teodori (dance performed by Oshima local girls in traditional costume) and Oshima minyo (traditional folk songs) and yomatsuri ...

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Tenka Toitsu Ramen Battle

Tenka Toitsu Ramen Battle

One thing that warlords Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-98) and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) are famous for is tenka tōitsu, the unification of Japan. If a similar achievement could be made in the world of ramen, then the Tenka Toitsu Ramen Battle is the closest you’ll get ...

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Kyoto: Kyoto-dai Antique Fair

Grand Antique Fair with about 330 dealers from around the world. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● March 24 & 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ● March 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Pulse Plaza, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line or Karasuma Subway ...

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Kanagawa: Yudate-no-Shishi-mai

Lion Dance. One of shishimai lion dances, Kama-Meguri-no-mai is distinguished for its dance of splashing hot water with bamboo leaves over visitors. It is said that people getting splashed water is a sign to be in good health through the year. Schedule & Key ...

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Oita: Tenryo Hita Ohina Matsuri

Girl’s Festival. The Hita area prospered under the reign of Tenryo (Tokugawa Shogunate dependency) in the time of the Edo Period. Hina ningyo (traditional Japanese dolls) which have been handed down for generations, have been well preserved, and are displayed at about 18 houses in ...

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Ibaraki: Mito-no-Ume Matsuri

Ume (Japanese apricot) Flower Festival. Various events are scheduled, such as nodate and hina-nagashi (floating paper dolls down on a stream) and Night Ume festival. Admission to the garden is free. Schedule & Key events: ● March 3-20, sunset-9 p.m. Flowers and trees are ...

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Kanagawa: Kan-ou-no-Yube

Cherry Blossom Festival. This Japanese-style landscape garden has about 300 cherry trees. You can enjoy viewing of cherry blossoms even in the evening. Admission to the garden is ¥500. Please enter by 8:30 p.m. Schedule & Key events: ● daily sunset-9 p.m. Flowers are ...

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Fukuoka: Yanagawa Hina Matsuri Sagemon Meguri

Girl’s Festival. Sagemon are handsewn ornaments which are displayed all over the city for this festival. When a baby girl is born, her mother and grandmothers sew sagemon stitch by stitch wishing her to grow up healthy, and decorate them at both sides of ...

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Fukuoka: Yanagawa Hina Matsuri Sagemon Meguri

Girl’s Festival. Sagemon are handsewn ornaments which are displayed all over the city for this festival. When a baby girl is born, her mother and grandmothers sew sagemon stitch by stitch wishing her to grow up healthy, and decorate them at both sides of ...

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Kyoto: Kitano Odori

Japanese traditional dance by geiko (professional female entertainers in Kyoto). Admissions are ¥4,300 or ¥4,800. For further information, call 075-461-0148 at Kamishichiken kabukai. Schedule & Key events: ● daily from 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. Location: Kamishichiken Kaburenjo, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto Access: From JR Kyoto ...

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Tokyo: Ueno Sakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom Festival. You can enjoy viewing of about 1,200 blooming cherry trees even in the evening, as thousands of bonbori (paper lanterns) are lit up. Schedule & Key events: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Open-air antique markets are opened 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Flowers are lit ...

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Nihonbashi Sakura Festival

Nihonbashi Sakura Festival

Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district is getting ready for spring with its annual Sakura (cherry blossom) Festival. The festival features a series of cherry-blossom-themed events around the area, with one of its main attractions being the Nihonbashi Sakura Gate. Located in the district’s Naka-dori Street, the ...

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Kanagawa: Odawara Sakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom Festival. You can enjoy viewing of 320 blooming cherry trees in the park even in the evening. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Flowers are lit up Location: Odawara Joshi Park and others, Odawara, Kanagawa Access: Joshi Park: JR ...

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Tokyo: Chiyoda-no-Sakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom Festival. You can enjoy view of cherry blossoms along the Chidorigafuchi path and in the shrine precincts. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6-10 p.m. Flowers are lit up Location: Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Chidorigafuchi and others, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Chidorigafuchi: (1) Tokyo Metro ...

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