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Saga: Arita Toki Ichi

One of the biggest Ceramic Fair with about 500 stalls held along "Kyudo" route (about 4 km). About one million people visit the fair every year. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: "Kyudo" route, Arita-cho, Saga Access: JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to ...

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Ibaraki: Kasama-no-Himatsuri

Pottery Fair. Over 200 stalls are set up in the park. ※ Special bus services between the Mashiko Toki Ichi venue and the Kasama-no-Himatsuri venue on April 29-May 5 will be operated by Ibaraki Kotsu Bus. (500JPY) Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-5 ...

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Iwate: Fujiwara Matsuri

Festival featuring a procession of people playing the roles of historical figures and warriors and En'nen-no-mai (Shinto dance with music to pray for longevity and a good harvest of the year), designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Schedule & Key ...

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Gifu: Toki Mino-yaki Matsuri

One of the biggest Ceramic Fair in Japan. Mino-yaki ceramic has a 400-year history and more than 300,000 people come and visit this festival every year. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Oribe Hills (Toki Mino-yaki Oroshi Center), Toki, Gifu Access: JR Chuo ...

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Shizuoka: Hamamatsu Matsuri

Kite Battle Festival. Huge kites are flown by groups of citizens, who compete each other by trying to cut the lines of their rivals' kites by skillful maneuvering. Schedule & Key events: ● May 3 & 4 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kite Battle ● ...

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Ishikawa: Seihaku-sai

Festival, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This festival features three huge gorgeously bedecked floats from three towns, each 12-meter in length and 20-ton in weight, parading daily during the ...

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Ishikawa: Kutani Chawan Matsuri

Pottery Fair of Kutani-yaki Ware with more than 50 stalls. About 200,000 people visit the fair every year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 3 & 4 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ...

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Toyama: Johana Hikiyama Matsuri

Festival, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The highlight of this festival is Hikiyama Junko, a procession of mikoshi and Yama. Karakuri Ningyo (mechanically manipulated dolls) and Iori-uta (the folk ...

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Kyoto: Fujinomori Matsuri

The highlight of this festival is Kakeuma-Shinji (acrobatic horseback riding with a 1,200-year tradition). Many other events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● May 5 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Procession of four mikoshi and Musha-Gyoretsu (warriors' processions), ...

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Kyoto: Kamo Kurabe-Uma

Horse racing of olden times. Riders wearing fancy court robes demonstrate courtly horsemanship. Schedule & Key events: from 2 p.m.: Horse racing Location: Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Access: From JR Kyoto Sta., take municipal bus No. 4 to Kamigamo Jinja-mae Bus Stop Festival information compiled in cooperation ...

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Kyoto: Jishu-jinja Reitaisai

Festival featuring a parade of priests, maidens, 100 people disguised as warriors, flower venders and the like, and children in fancy attire, marching in tune with Gagaku (court music). If it rains, the parade will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: from 1 p.m.: Parade ...

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Okinawa: Naha "Hari"

"Hari" Boat Race, peculiar to Okinawa, in which young men show their strength and skills at sea in Naha Shinko Port. Schedule & Key events: ● May 3 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Boat race ● May 5 10:40 a.m.-5:10 p.m. Boat race ● daily 8:40 p.m.-9 p.m. Fireworks display ...

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Tokyo: Teppozu Inari-jinja Reitaisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The festival of this year is rather small in scale. Schedule & Key events: ● May 3 from 9 a.m.: Teppozu Azumabayashi (Japanese festival music) ...

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Tokyo: Heiwajima Kotto Matsuri

Antique Fair where more than 250 dealers participate in. Admission is free. Please enter an hour before the closing time on May 5. Schedule & Key events: ● May 3 & 4 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ● May 5 ...

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Tokyo: Takara-no-mai

Japanese traditional dance in celebration of Children's Day. Takara-bune (a ship-shaped float laden with treasure) is drawn by children from Denbo-in Temple, going through Kaminarimon gate, to Senso-ji Temple. Schedule & Key events: from 11 a.m.: 1:30 p.m.- Location: Senso-ji Temple, Taito-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza ...

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Ibaraki: Kasama-no-Himatsuri

Pottery Fair. Over 200 stalls are set up in the park. ※ Special bus services between the Mashiko Toki Ichi venue and the Kasama-no-Himatsuri venue on April 29-May 5 will be operated by Ibaraki Kotsu Bus. (500JPY) Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.-5 ...

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