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Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri

Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri

The Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine. Visitors can enjoy viewing of about 3,000 azalea blossoms and art performances. Admission to the garden is ¥200. (1) Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Nezu Station (C14) or Sendagi Station (C15), and then walk 5 min.; (2) Tokyo ...

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Fuji Matsuri

Fuji (wisteria) Flower Festival. There are over 100 wisteria roots in the precincts of the shrine, and they are usually in full bloom in this season. JR Sobu Line to Kameido Station (North Exit), and then walk 15 min. Festival information  compiled in cooperation ...

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Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri

Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom Festival with about 2,600 cherry trees on the ground of Hirosaki Castle and along the castle’s moat in Hirosaki Park. The festival period is subject to change depending on blossoming. JR Ou Honsen Line to Hirosaki Station. From there, walk 20-30 min. ...

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Okinawa Matsuri 2015

Okinawa Matsuri 2015

This weekend, Tokyo will hear the rhythm of shima-uta (island songs) and other Okinawa tunes drifting across Yoyogi Park as it hosts the annual Okinawa Matsuri. Okinawan street music performed by groups from the island is just one of the attractions of this festival, ...

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Miyagi: Sendai Aoba Matsuri

Miyagi: Sendai Aoba Matsuri

Festival features a parade of mikoshi, children in fancy attire and warriors followed by 11 yamahoko and townspeople dancing suzume odori (local Japanese dance). Schedule & Key events: ● May 16 10 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Suzume odori in Shimin Hiroba (civic open space), Motokajicho Park ...

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Tokyo: Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo: Sanja Matsuri

The festival is counted as one of the Tokyo’s grandest. daigyoretsu (a big parade of 1,000 people in traditional attires) to the tune of the festival music, binzasara-mai (Shinto dance) and mikoshi parade are the highlights. If it rains, daigyoretsu parade will be canceled. ...

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Tochigi: Nikko Tosho-gu Yonhyaku-nen Shunki Reitaisai

Tochigi: Nikko Tosho-gu Yonhyaku-nen Shunki Reitaisai

Grand Spring Festival of the shrine. The festival is large in scale this year and especially notable for the 400th anniversary of the shrine, which enshrines Tokugawa leyasu (1542-1616). Procession of over 1,200 armor-clad people followed by mikoshi is the highlight. Schedule & Key ...

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Yamagata: Sakata Matsuri

Yamagata: Sakata Matsuri

Festival with over a 400-year history. The highlight of this festival is a parade of mikoshi and gorgeous 50 floats which include the eight floats of four pairs of big shishi-gashira (shaped like a huge lions’ head) along the city’s main streets. Many more ...

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Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. mikoshi parade through the neighborhood, and kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed several times a day. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 23 & 24 Daytime Parade of mikoshi ...

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Zenkoji Gokaicho

Once in seven years, Zenkoji Temple’s maedachi honzon – the standing Amida statue is welcomed to the main hall. The statue was made in Kamakura Period (1192-1333) as a replica of the temple’s hidden principal image and has been designated as an Important Cultural ...

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Great Japan Beer Festival

Great Japan Beer Festival

Kanpai! Japan’s largest beer festival will once again be held in Tokyo this June. Hosted by the Japan Craft Beer Association (JCBA), this weekend-long festival offers attendees the chance to sample some of the best “liquid bread” on the Japanese Market and hear from ...

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