This Japanese festival information was compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (10th floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Bldg., 2-10-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.


June 5-June 9

Annual Festival

Annual Festival of Suga Shrine, Shinjuku-ku. Performances in the precincts of the shrine include: bugaku (ancient court dance) at 7 p.m. on the 5th, kagura (Shinto dance with music) at 6 p.m. on the 7th and ja-odori (dragon dance) at 6 p.m. on the 8th. Open-air stalls are set up in the precincts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 7th and 8th. A mikoshi (portable shrine) starts from the shrine at 8 a.m., parades through the neighborhood and returns to the shrine around 9 p.m. on the 8th.
Festival website

Access: (1) The Marunouchi Subway Line to Yotsuya-sanchome Station (M 11), and then walk 10 min.

(2) The JR Sobu Line to Shinanomachi Station, and then walk 10 min.


June 6-June 8

Shinagawa Tenno-sai

Shinagawa Tenno-sai (Annual Festival of Shinagawa Shrine and Ebara Shrine), Shinagawa-ku.
Shinagawa Shrine: The shrine’s mikoshi (portable shrine) parades continually through the neighborhood of the shrine from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 8th. Open-air stalls are set up in the precincts from around noon to 9 p.m. during the festival period.
Ebara Shrine: Open-air stalls are set up in the precincts from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the festival period. The festival is rather small in scale this year.

Access: The Keihin Kyuko Line to Shin-Bamba Station (North Exit), and then walk five min. to either shrine.


June 6-June 10

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri Festival

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri Festival at Namiyoke-Inari Shrine, Chuo-ku. Sato-kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed continually in the precincts of the shrine from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 7th. On the 8th, a parade of mikoshi (a portable shrine, weighing about 4 tons) and a float with the head of mejishi (a big, fantastic female lion, weighing about 700 kg), both carried by townspeople, start from the shrine at 9 a.m., and go through the main streets of the Tsukiji area, returning to the shrine at 3 p.m. Open-air stalls are set up in the precincts from noon to 9 p.m. on the 7th and 8th. The festival is rather small in scale this year.
Festival website

Access: (1) The Toei Oedo Subway Line to Tsukiji-shijo Station (E 18), and then walk three min.

(2) The Hibiya Subway Line to Tsukiji Station (H 10), and then walk five min.


June 7-June 8

Annual Festival

Annual Festival of Shirahige Shrine, Sumida-ku. A parade of mikoshi (a portable shrine) carried by townspeople marches in the neighborhood of the shrine continually from around noon to 5 p.m. on the 8th. Open-air stalls are set up in the precincts from noon to around 10 p.m. on both days. The festival is small in scale this year.
Festival website

Access: The Tobu Isezaki Line to Higashi-Mukojima Station, and then walk eight min.


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June 7-June 8

Annual Festival

Annual Festival of Torigoe Shrine, Taito-ku. On the 8th, a parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) including shrine’s sengan-mikoshi (weighing about 4 tons) carried by 150 to 200 people, marches through the neighborhood of the shrine continually from 6:30 a.m. to around 9 p.m..
Festival website

Access: (1) The JR Sobu Line or the Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Asakusabashi Station (A 16), and then walk eight min.

(2) The Toei Asakusa or Oedo Subway Line to Kuramae Station (A 17, E 11), and then walk five min.


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June 7-June 15

Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri

Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri, Hydrangea Festival at Hakusan Shrine and the adjoining park, Hakusan Koen in Bunkyo-ku. Flowers of about 3,000 hydrangea roots are usually in full bloom in early June. Various events are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays during the period.
Festival website

Access: (1) The Toei Mita Subway Line to Hakusan Station (I 13), and then walk three min.

(2) The Namboku Subway Line to Hon-Komagome Sta (N 13), and then walk five min.


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June 7-June 17

Sanno Matsuri Festival

Sanno Matsuri Festival of Hie Shrine, Chiyoda-ku. A procession, dating back to the feudal days of 17th-century Edo, features shrine-owned horen (palanquins), mikoshi (a portable shrine) carried by 40 to 50 men, dashi (floats), priests, people and all manner of attendants carrying various sacred objects starting from the shrine at 7:45 a.m., passing Sakashitamon Gate, Tokyo Station, Nihombashi, Ginza, Shimbashi on route, returning to the shrine around 5 p.m. on the 13th. Should it rain heavily, the procession will be canceled. Many other events are scheduled during the festival period.
Festival website

Access: (1) The Ginza or Namboku Subway Line to Tameike-Sanno Station (G 06, N 06), and then walk three min.

(2) The Chiyoda or Marunouchi Subway Line to Kokkai-Gijidomae Station (C 07, M 14), and then walk five min.


June 23-June 24

Hozuki Ichi

Hozuki Ichi, Ground Cherry Fair at Atago Shrine, Minato-ku. The fair selling potted ground cherries is held in the precincts of the shrine from 9 a.m. to around 8 p.m. on both days.
Festival website

Access: (1) The Hibiya Subway Line to Kamiyacho Station (H 05), and then walk six min.

(2) The Toei Mita Subway Line to Onarimon Station (I 06), and then walk six min.

(3) The Ginza Subway Line to Toranomon Station (G 07), and then walk 10 min.


June 30-July 1

Torigoe Chinowa-kuguri

Torigoe Chinowa-kuguri, Torigoe Shrine, Taito-ku. A traditional ceremony to pray for good health and longevity is held at the shrine from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 30th.
Suijo-sai Katashiro-nagashi, a Shinto purification ceremony of Torigoe Shrine is held on July 1st. A gozabune boat carrying katashiro (paper cut in the shape of dolls) guarded by dozens of boats, departs from Yanagibashi Bridge at around 10 a.m. and goes down the Sumida River as far as Tokyo Bay, where the ritual is held. https://www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/chinowakuguri.html

Access: (1) The Toei Asakusa or Oedo Subway Line to Kuramae Station (A 17, E 11), and then walk five min. to Torigoe Shrine.

(2) The JR Sobu Line or the Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Asakusabashi Station (A 16), and then walk one min. to Yanagibashi Bridge.


June 1-June 25

Shobu Matsuri

Shobu Matsuri, Iris Festival at Horikiri Shobuen and at Mizumoto Koen, Katsushika-ku.
Horikiri Shobuen (garden): There are 6,000 iris roots which are in full bloom in early June. The garden is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily during the period. Many events such as taiko drumming, parades of brass bands and Japanese folk dancing are scheduled on Sundays during the period.
Mizumoto Koen (park): The garden has 14,000 iris roots, and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Various kinds of entertainment such as pop-music shows and folk dancing are performed on Saturdays and Sundays during the festival period.
Festival website

Access: (1) Horikiri-Shobuen: the Keisei Line to Horikiri-Shobuen Station, and then walk 10 min.

(2) Mizumoto Koen: the JR Joban Line or the Keisei Kanamachi Line to Kanamachi Station (South Exit). From there, by bus to Mizumoto Koen Bus Stop, and then walk five min.


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Hana-Shobu

Hana-Shobu, Irises at Meiji Shrine Garden, Shibuya-ku. The garden, featuring 1,500 iris roots, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to 6 p.m. on Sat. & Sun.) in June. Please enter at least 30 min. before the closing time. Admission is ¥500. Irises are usually in full bloom in mid-June.
Festival website

Access: (1) The JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station

(2) The Chiyoda Subway Line to Meiji-Jingumae Station (C 03)


June 10-June 20

Hana-Shobu-ten

Hana-Shobu-ten, Iris Flower Exhibition at Yasukuni Shrine, Chiyoda-ku. Potted irises are exhibited in the precincts of the shrine daily during the period. The shrine’s gate is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at this time of the year. Admission is free.
Festival website

Access: The Tozai, Hanzomon or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Station (T 07, Z 06, S 05)


May 24-June 29

Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri

Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri or Iris Flower Festival at Maekawa Ayame-en, Itako, Ibaraki Prefecture. A million iris flowers of 500 species are in bloom in the garden during the festival period. Admission is free. Yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride), festival music and local Japanese dance are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays during the period.
Festival website

Access: The JR Kashima Line to Itako Station, and then walk three min.


May 31-June 2

Yokohama Kaiko-sai Festival to commemorate the opening

Yokohama Kaiko-sai Festival to commemorate the opening of the Yokahama port, mainly in Rinko Park and other sites, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Various events are scheduled from around 10 a.m. to around 8 p.m. on both days. A fireworks display is held over the port in front of Rinko Park from about 8:20 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. on the 2nd.
Festival website

Access: (1) The JR Negishi Line from Yokohama Station (or the JR Keihin Tohoku Line from Tokyo Station) to Sakuragicho Station, and then walk 15 min.

(2) The Minatomirai Line to Minatomirai Station, and then walk five min.


Festivals outside of Kanto

HOKKAIDO

June 14-June 16

Sapporo Matsuri

Sapporo Matsuri, Annual Festival of Hokkaido Jingu Shrine, Sapporo, Hokkaido. The highlight of the festival comes on the 16th when four horen (palanquins), eight beautifully bedecked floats and over 1,200 people in traditional attire leave the shrine at 9 a.m. heading for Tongu Shrine located in the center of the city with an estimated arrival time of 11:50 a.m. They then parade along the main streets of the city into Odori Park and its vicinity, eventually returning to the shrine at 4:40 p.m. Various performances including taiko (Japanese drumming), noh (classical masked drama) and gagaku (court dance with music) are held in the precincts of the shrine from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 14th and 15th.
Festival website

Access: The Tozai Subway Line to Maruyama koen Station, and then walk 10 min. to Hokkaido Jingu Shrine


TOHOKU

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June 14

Chagu-chagu Umakko

Chagu-chagu Umakko, Horse Festival of Onikoshi Sozen Shrine, Takizawa-mura, Iwate-gun, Iwate Prefecture, designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. About a hundred colorfully decorated horses are led to Onikoshi Sozen Shrine by their proud owners, who pray the horses will be long-lived. Then they parade from the shrine to Morioka Hachimangu Shrine, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Festival website

Access: (1) The JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Morioka Station, and then about 20 min. by taxi to Onikoshi Sozen Shrine

(2) Free shuttle buses between Morioka Station and Onikoshi Sozen Shrine are available on the day, every 10 min. from Morioka Station (6:30 a.m.-8:25 a.m.), and from Onikoshi Sozen Shrine (9:50 a.m.-11:05 a.m.).


CHUBU

June 5

Atsuta Matsuri

Atsuta Matsuri, known as Shobu-sai or Annual Festival of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. The ritual is conducted from 10 a.m. and various performances such as kyudo (Japanese-style archery), kendo (Japanese-style fencing), Atsuta-kagura (Shinto dance with music) and taiko (Japanese drumming) are presented in the precincts of the Shrine. Five kento makiwara, huge altars with 365 lanterns each, are put in place beside the three torii gates of the shrine and are lit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A fireworks display is scheduled at Jingu Koen Park from 7:50 p.m. to 9 p.m. In the event of rain, the fireworks display will be postponed until the 6th.
Festival website

Access: (1) The JR Tokaido Honsen Line to Atsuta Station’s ˆEast Exit), and then walk eight min.

(2) The Meitetsu Nagoya Line to Jingu-mae Station, and then walk three min.


June 5-June 9

Shirone Otako-gassen

Shirone Otako-gassen, a kite-fighting event, is held on the riverbeds of the Nakanokuchi River, Shirone, Niigata Prefecture. Thirteen huge kites are flown by groups of citizens from 1 p.m. (from 2 p.m. on the 5th) to 6 p.m. (to 5:30 p.m. on the 9th) daily during the period. Hours are subject to change depending on the wind conditions.
Festival website

Access: (1) The JR Jyoetsu Shinkansen Line to Niigata Station, and then 60 min. by bus from Niigata Kotsu Bus Terminal (No. 9); get off at Gonomachi Bus Stop or Shirone-naka Bus Stop

(2) The JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line to Tsubame-sanjo Sta,. and then 30 min. by taxi


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June 6-June 8

Hyakumangoku Matsuri Festival

Hyakumangoku Matsuri Festival, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. On the 6th, kaga yuzen toro-nagashi (floating of lighted lanterns made of local silk set adrift) on the Asano River, is done from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On the 7th, hyakumangoku gyoretsu (a long pageant), in which shishimai (lion dance), kagatobi (acrobatics on ladders by firefighters), sacred horen (palanquins) and warriors parade from Kanazawa Station through the city’s main streets to Kanazawa-jo Koen from 2 p.m. to around 6 p.m. Thereafter, hyakumangoku odorinagashi, a parade of 10,000 dancers in yukata (cotton Kimono) is held on the street (Route No. 157) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, and takigi noh (classical masked drama under torchlight) is put on in Kanazawa-jo Koen from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Festival website Walking is most advisable because of traffic congestion during the festival period.

Access: The JR Hokuriku Honsen Line to Kanazawa Station


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June 30-July 10

Fujisan Yama-biraki

Fujisan Yama-biraki, the ceremony to open the official climbing season of Mt. Fuji
On June 30th, an annual Festival of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine, Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture. Chinowa Shinji (Shinto rites) take place at the shrine from 3 p.m., and then omichi biraki (the ceremony of priests going through Torii Gate praying for the safety of the climbers) is held from 3:30 p.m.
On July 1st, Mt. Fuji Yama-biraki (the ceremony to mark the opening Mt. Fuji’s climbing season) is held at Komitake Shrine on the 5th Stage (Yoshida-guchi trail) in Yamanashi Prefecture at 5 a.m.
On July 10th, also the Yama-biraki ceremony is conducted at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture from 9:10 a.m., and nyuzan-shiki, a ceremony praying for the safety of the climbers and laying flowers on a monument of Sir Rutherford Alcock, is held from 11 a.m. at Murayama Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture. Mt. Fuji: 3,776 meters high above sea level. Sir Rutherford Alcock (1809-1897) was the first British Consul-General in Japan and the first non-Japanese to climb Mt. Fuji in 1860.
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Access: (1) Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine: The Fuji Kyuko Line to Fujisan-eki Station, and then walk 20 min.

(2) Komitake Shrine: The Fuji Kyuko Line to Fujisan-eki Station or Kawaguchiko Station, and then 55 min. by bus to Fujisan Gogome (5th Stage) Bus Stop

(3) Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine: The JR Minobu Line to Fujinomiya Station, and then walk 10 min.

(4) Murayama Sengen Shrine: The JR Minobu Line to Fujinomiya Station, and then about 20 min. by taxi.


KINKI

June 1

Kibune Matsuri Festival

Kibune Matsuri Festival of Kibune Shrine, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. A mikoshi (a portable shrine) is carried from the shrine to Okunomiya Shrine, situated 700 meters away from the main hall, from 1 p.m. to around 3 p.m. Thereafter, Izumo kagura (a spectacular Shinto dance slaughtering giant serpents) is performed starting at around 4 p.m.
Festival website

Access: From Kyoto Station, by municipal bus No. 17 to Demachi-yanagi Station, and change there to the Eizan Dentetsu Railway to Kibune-guchi Station, and then walk 30 min. or by Kyoto Bus No. 33 to Kibune Bus Stop.


June 1-June 2

Takigi Noh

Takigi Noh, open-air torchlight Noh (classical masked drama) performance in the precincts of Heian Shrine, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on both days. Advance tickets (¥3,000 each) are sold at the shrine and ticket offices like Ticket Pia between April 19 and May 31). Day tickets (¥4,000 each) are also sold at the door on the day. In case of rain, the performance will be held  the following day.

Access: (1) About 20 min. by municipal bus No. 5 or 100 from Kyoto Station, and then get off at Okazaki Koen, Bijutsukan, Heian Jingu-mae Bus Stop.

(2) The Tozai Subway Line to Higashiyama Station, and then walk 10 min.


June 5-June 8

Kaizan-ki

Kaizan-ki at Mie-do Hall of Toshodaiji Temple, Nara, Nara Prefecture. A memorial service for Ganjin Wajo is held at 1 p.m. on the 6th. A wooden image of Ganjin Wajo (a National Treasure), and fusuma-e (paintings on fusuma, Japanese sliding doors) drawn by a well-known artist, Kaii Higashiyama, are publicly displayed at Mie-do Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the period. Please enter by 3:30 p.m. Admission is ¥1,100. Ganjin Wajo (688-763) was a Chinese Buddhist monk who introduced the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism to Japan
Festival website

Access: The Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Nishinokyo Station, and then walk 10 min.


June 6

Heian Jingu Shin-en Muryo Kokai, opening Shin-en

Heian Jingu Shin-en Muryo Kokai. The shin-en (the sacred garden) will be open to the public for free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Heian Shrine, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. The “Iris Garden” with 2,000 roots in the shrine is noted for its magnificent flowering in this season. (Admission ¥600 is charged on any other days except June 6th.)

Access: (1) About 20 min. by municipal bus No. 5 or 100 from Kyoto Station, and then get off at Okazaki Koen, Bijutsukan, Heian Jingu-mae Bus Stop

(2) The Tozai Subway Line to Higashiyama Station, and then walk 10 min.


June 10

Otaue-sai

Otaue-sai, Rice-planting Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. The ritual starts at the honden (main hall of the shrine) at 1 p.m., and then priests and groups of worshipers in traditional farmers’ outfits move to the shrine’s paddy field, in where they plant rice seedlings to the tune of traditional music and songs of Ota-mai kagura (Shinto dance with music) performed live from around 2 p.m.
Festival website

Access: The JR Nara Line to Inari Station, or the Keihan Line to Fushimi Inari Station, and then walk seven min.


June 14

Otaue-Shinji

Otaue-Shinji, Rice-planting Rites at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka., designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. Women ceremoniously plant rice seedlings in the shrine’s paddy field to the tune of traditional music and songs from 1 p.m. to around 4 p.m.
Festival website

Access: 10 min. by Nankai Line from Namba Station to Sumiyoshi Taisha Station, and then walk five min.


June 15

Annual Festival

Annual Festival of Yasaka Shrine, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. Azuma asobi, a graceful court dance of the Heian period, is performed on the buden stage following the ritual, which starts at 10 a.m. The Heian period was from 794 to 1185.
Festival website

Access: From JR Kyoto Station, take a municipal bus No. 100 or 206, and then get off at Gion Bus Stop


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June 17

Saigusa Matsuri

Saigusa Matsuri, Lily Festival at Isagawa Shrine, Nara. This elegant festival with a long and distinguished history, originates in warding off epidemics that occurred so often in ancient times. The rituals in which priests dedicate lilies to the shrine and young women in traditional costumes dance holding lilies, start from 10:30 a.m. Women and children in white ancient costumes with lilies in their hands proceed down the streets of the neighborhood of the shrine from 1:15 p.m. to around 3 p.m.
Festival website

Access: The JR Nara Line to Nara Station or the Kintetsu Nara Line to Kintetsu Nara Station, and then walk seven min.


June 20

Takekiri-Eshiki

Takekiri-Eshiki, a bamboo-cutting ceremony at Kuramadera Temple, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Two groups of four men in white robes compete against each other in quickly cutting long bamboo poles (likened to big serpents) into six pieces with sharp blades.
Festival website

Access: The Eizan Dentetsu Kurama Line to Kurama Station, then walk 30 min. (or take the cablecar to Kuramaguchi Station for two min.) and walk 10 min. to the main temple


June 20-July 22

Kyoto Grand Antique Fair

Kyoto Grand Antique Fair at PULSE PLAZA, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to 4 p.m. on the 22nd) during the fair period, with about 300 dealers participating in this bargain-hunting event. Admission is free.
Festival website

Access: The Kintetsu Kyoto Line or the Karasuma Subway Line to Takeda Station, and then walk 15 min. to PULSE PLAZA. (Free shuttle buses are available from West Exit of Takeda Station to the site during the fair period.)


June 24

Izawano-miya Otaue-sai

Izawano-miya Otaue-sai, Rice-planting Rites, designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, are held at Izawano-miya Shrine, Isobe-machi, Shima, Mie Prefecture. The ritual is conducted starting at around 10 a.m. at the shrine, and then parishioners in traditional attire transplant rice seedlings to the music in the sacred paddy field of the shrine, praying for bumper crops of this year from around 11 a.m. After rice-planting, they return dancing from the paddy field to the shrine from 3 p.m. to 5p.m.
Festival website

Access: (1) The Kintetsu Shima Line to Kaminogo Station from Kintetsu Toba Station, and then walk five min.

(2) Two hrs. by Kintetsu Line’s Limited Express from Nagoya to Shima-Isobe Station, and then walk 25 min.


June 30-July 2

Aizen Matsuri Festival

Aizen Matsuri Festival at Aizen-do Shoman-in Temple, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, features a parade of hoe-kago (palanquins) with women inside carried by people, and other women in yukata (cotton kimono) going from near JR Tennoji Station to the temple, from around 1:20 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30th. Some other events are scheduled during the period.
Festival website

Access: (1) The JR Osaka Kanjo Line to Tennoji Station, and then walk 15 min.

(2) The Tanimachi Subway Line to Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station ˆExit No. 5), and then walk two min.


May 11-October 15

Nagaragawa Ukai

Nagaragawa Ukai, Nagara River, Gifu Prefecture.
Period of time: May 11-Oct. 15 (except July 26, Aug. 2 and Sept. 9)
Boarding time: 6:15 p.m.
Departure time: 7:15 p.m., returning around 8:30 p.m.
Charge: ¥3,100 (no meal) for weekdays,
¥3,400 (no meal) for Sat., Sun. and national holidays
Reservation: Please call 058-262-0104 (Gifu City Ukai Kanransen Jimusho), or reserve through major travel agencies, like JTB.
Festival website

Access: The JR Tokaido Honsen Line to Gifu Station; from there, 15 min. by bus to Nagaragawa-bashi Bus Stop


June 1-October 15

Kisogawa Ukai

Kisogawa Ukai, Kiso River, Aichi Prefecture.
Period of time: June 1-Oct. 15 (except Aug. 10),
Boarding time: 7:20 p.m., returning around 8:10 p.m. (June 1-Aug. 31)
6:50 p.m., returning around 7:45 p.m. (Sept. 1st – Oct. 15th)
Charge: ¥2,600 (June 1-June 30 & Sept. 1- Oct. 15), or ¥2,900 (July 1- Aug. 31), in either case for a boat ride (no meal)
Reservation: Please call 0568-61-2727 (Kisogawa Kanko), or reserve through major travel agencies.
Festival website

Access: The Meitetsu Inuyama Line to Inuyama-Yuen Station ˆEast Exit), and then walk three min.


June 14-Sept. 21

Ujigawa Ukai

Ujigawa Ukai, Uji River, Kyoto Prefecture.
Period of time: June 14- Sept. 21
Boarding time: 6:30 p.m., returning around 8 p.m. (June 14- Aug. 31)
6 p.m., returning around 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 1-Sept. 21)
Charge: ¥2,000 (child: ¥1,000) without meal
Tickets are put on sale 30 min. before the boarding time on the day.
No reservation is necessary unless you charter a boat for a group.
Festival website

Access: (1) The Keihan Uji Line to Keihan Uji Station, and then walk 10 min. to Ujibashi Bridge

(2) The JR Nara Line to Uji Station, and then walk 10-15 min. to Ujibashi Bridge