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Hiroshima: Tokasai & Shin-Noh

Peach Blossom Festival. Tokasai Bugaku (ancient court dance with music) and Shin-Noh (traditional masked drama) performances are dedicated to the shrine. Schedule & Key events: ● April 15 from 5 p.m.: Bugaku performance ● April 16-18 ...

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Gifu: Furukawa Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine, designated as one of the National Intangible Folk-Cultural Property, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The highlight of this festival is Okoshi-daiko, in which hundreds of partially clothed men parade on the streets beating drums and ...

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Tokyo: Negi-no-mai

Masked priests perform sacred dances to the tune of drum music for driving away the bad luck and wishing a good harvest of the year. If it rains, the dance will be performed indoors. Schedule & Key events: 3 p.m.- Location: Tenso-jinja Shrine, Ota-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyu Ikegami ...

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Kanagawa: Kamakura Matsuri

Spring Festival to cerebrate the beginning of sightseeing season in Kamakura since 1959. If it heavily rains, events will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: ● April 14   from 10 a.m.: Parade of mikoshi, float and people in traditional attire on ...

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61st Kamakura Festival

61st Kamakura Festival

Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, draws around 20 million tourists every year and about a third of them venture to the city to visit historical attractions such as the Great Buddha statue. This weekend, however, offers another cultural experience complete with horses and archery. The 61st Kamakura ...

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Tokyo: Yasukuni-jinja Shunki Reitaisai

Annual Spring Festival. Many traditional dance and martial arts performances are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: Details are still to be arranged Location: Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, Hanzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Sta. (T07, Z06, ...

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Miyako Odori

Miyako Odori

The city of Kyoto is well-known for its geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha), and while it isn't so hard to spot women dressed the part on the streets of Gion, coming across a true geisha trained in traditional Japanese arts can be a challenge. Every ...

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Kyoto: Miyako Odori

Cherry Dance performed by Maiko (Apprentice Geiko) and Geiko. Admissions are 4,000 JPY or 5,500 JPY. For further information, call 075-541-3391 at Kobu kabukai. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 12:30 p.m.-, 2:30 p.m.-, 4:30 p.m.- Location: Minamiza Theater, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Access: (1) Keihan ...

MON

Miyazaki: Hayama Matsuri

Festival with a 100-year history to pray for a good harvest of the year. A horse attractively adorned with artificial flowers, rice stalks and flag-shaped decoration steps on the ground to the sound of music, been followed by people performing local dance. Schedule & Key ...

MON

Tokyo: Shobo Junshokusha Irei-sai

Memorial service for fire fighters who died on duty, conducted by members of the Edo Shobo Kinen-kai in the compound of the temple. If it rains, the demonstration of acrobatics on the ladder will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: from 11 a.m.: ...

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Yamagata: Yonezawa Uesugi Matsuri

Festival in commemoration of the famous warlord "Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578)." Schedule & Key events: ● May 3 from 9:30 a.m.: Parade of mikoshi of Uesugi-jinja Shrine and floats, through the city's main street from 10:20 a.m.: Uesugi ...

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Tokyo: Meiji-jingu Haru-no Taisai

Annual Spring Festival of the shrine. Many Japanese performing arts are performed during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● April 27 from 11 a.m.: Bugaku (Ancient court dance with music) Location: Meiji-jingu Shrine, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Sta.(Omotesando Exit), and ...

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Kyoto: Mibu Kyogen

Medieval pantomime, designated as one of National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Mibu Kyogen, 30 pantomime skits, have been handed down, and 5 kinds of which, are performed. Admission is 1000 JPY. Schedule & Key events: ● April 29-May 4 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ...

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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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Aomori: 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. Schedule & Key events: ● daily sunset-11 p.m. Cherry blossoms ...

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