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Fukushima: Taimatsu Akashi

Bonfire Festival. This festival with a 420-year history is counted as one of the three grandest fire festivals in Japan. Two huge torchwoods and 30 smaller ones are carried up by hundreds people to the top of Mount Goro for setting up giant torches. Schedule ...

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Kyoto: Gion Odori

Traditional Japanese Dance. Admission is ¥4,000. Please call Gion Kaikan for reservation. (Tel: 075-561-0224) Schedule & Key events: ● daily 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Location: Gion Kaikan, Higashiyama-ku, ...

SUN

Kyoto: Arashiyama Momiji Matsuri

Maple Festival. People in the 10th-century court costumes perform traditional dance, music and plays on the boats, which sail on Oi River around Togetsukyo Bridge. Many other events are also scheduled on the riverbank. If it rains, all the events will be canceled. Schedule & ...

SUN

Yamaguchi: Hagi Jidai Matsuri

Festival featuring a pageant of people in traditional costumes of feudal lords of the Hagi clan and their warriors in an old town of the city. Many events are scheduled at Hagi Castle and Chuo Park in the city. Schedule & Key events: 8 a.m.-noon Parade ...

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The Tochigi Float Festival

The Tochigi Float Festival

After a two-year break, the Tochigi Float Festival is returning to its north-of-Tokyo namesake city this weekend to give locals a dose of traditional Edo Period (1603-1868) culture. People in happi coats will pull Edo-style dashi (floats) carrying musicians and figures from Japanese and Chinese ...

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The Kagurazaka Street Stage Oedo Tour 2018

The Kagurazaka Street Stage Oedo Tour 2018

While Shinjuku Ward is known for its urban hustle and bustle, this weekend one neighborhood will look rather traditional. The Kagurazaka Street Stage Oedo Tour will serve up a course of traditional performing arts, but the main component comes Sunday as various experts demonstrate kōdan ...

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Tokyo: Shinjuku Gyoen Kikukadan-ten

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission is ¥200. Please enter by 4 p.m.. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Shinjuku Gyoen, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line to Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Sta. (M10)(Exit 1) and then walk 5min. Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information ...

THU

Tokyo: Shichi-go-san

Many children and their parents or families visit shrines usually on Saturdays and Sundays around Nov. 15. Schedule & Key events: ● Nov. 15  daytime Location: Meiji-jingu Shrine, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Sta. (Omotesando Exit), and then walk 5 min. (2) Tokyo Metro Chiyoda ...

THU

Hiroshima: Hi-watari Shiki

Hi-watari Shiki, rigorous religious practice of walking on burnt charcoals in the temple's ground. Schedule & Key events: from 11 a.m.: Ritual pray for protection from illness and disaster 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Hi-watari Shiki Location: Daisho'in Temple, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Access: (1) JR Sanyo Honsen Line to ...

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Vogue Fashion's Night Out 2018

Vogue Fashion's Night Out 2018

It's not like Tokyo ever really takes a break from shopping, especially in the trendy neighborhood of Omotesando. This weekend, though, fashion and brand names will be even more prevalent than usual when Vogue magazine's Fashion's Night Out kicks off on Saturday. More than 130 ...

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Tokyo: Jindai Shokubutsu Koen Kikka Taikai

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission to the garden is ¥500. Please enter by 4 p.m.. The garden is closed on every Monday. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Jindai Botanical Garden, Chofu, Tokyo Access: (1) Keio Line to Chofu Sta. (North Exit). From there, take ...

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Yattokame Festival

Yattokame Festival

Most people learning Japanese are taught that the phrase "long time no see" translates as hisashiburi, but in Nagoya you'll hear locals say "yattokame" every so often instead. It's this greeting that's behind the name of the city's Yattokame Festival. The 23-day event will feature ...

SUN

Sencha ceremony @ Yamamoto-tei garden

A sencha (non-powdered green tea) ceremony will be held on Nov. 18 at the Yamamoto-tei garden in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. Sencha master Etsuko Yoshida will serve the tea made from tea leaves from Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture. Specially made Japanese cake will also be served. The ceremony ...

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Tokyo: Meiji-jingu Kikka-ten

Summay: Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6:10 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Location: Meiji-jingu Shrine, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Sta.(Omotesando Exit), and then walk 5 min. (2) Tokyo Metro Chiyoda or Fukutoshin Line to Meiji-Jingumae Sta. (C03, F15)(Exit 2), and ...

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Tokyo: Kameido Tenjin Kiku Matsuri

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Koto-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Sobu Line to Kameido Sta. (North Exit), and then walk 15 min. (2) JR Sobu Line or Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line to ...

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Tokyo: Tokyo-to Kanko Kikka Taikai

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● Nov. 1-Nov. 22 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ● Nov. 23 10 a.m.-noon Location: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Hibiya, Chiyoda Line or Toei Mita Subway Line to Hibiya Sta. ...

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