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Fukui: Katsuyama Sagicho

The festival with a 300-year history is to pray for a good harvest for this year. This festival features local performing arts to the tune of Japanese music and drumming on a dozen of Yagura (wooden high stages), and Dondo-yaki (setting fire to New ...

SUN

Kyoto: Kamigamo Sanyare-sai

A group of boys who have become the age of 15, solemnly go up the steps in line to the shrine for their Genpuku, the traditional initiation ceremony of coming-of-age. Schedule & Key events: noon- Location: Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Access: From JR Kyoto Sta., take municipal bus ...

MON

Chiba: Warabi Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri, literally "naked festival," which is a traditional event of Mimusubi-jinja Shrine. Local young men in loincloth holding infants in their arms step into the sacred muddy rice paddy and put a pinch of mud on their infants' faces. It is believed to ...

MON

Kyoto: Baika-sai

Ume (Japanese apricot) Blossom Festival. There are 1,500 apricot trees of 50 species in the garden which is open to the public from the beginning of February to the middle of March, depending on the flowering. Admission to the garden is 800. Fee for ...

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Yamagata: Zao Juhyo Light-up

Festival featuring the lighting up Juhyo, known as "Ice Monster," trees covered with frost. Schedule & Key events: ● Feb. 1-28 (except Tue.), March 1-3 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Juhyo lighting up Location: along Zao Ropeway Sancho Line,, Yamagata, Yamagata Access: JR Yamagata Shinkansen Line to Yamagata Sta., and ...

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Shizuoka: Atami Baien Ume Matsuri

Japanese Apricot Festival. There are about 470 Japanese apricot trees of 60 species in the garden and they begin to bloom usually from the middle of January. Various entertainments are scheduled during the festival period. Admission is 300JPY. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 8:30 ...

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Tokyo: Setagaya Ume Matsuri

Ume (Japanese Apricot) Flower Festival. There are nearly 650 apricot trees in the park. Matcha (powdered green tea) and Sencha (green tea) are served at both Chashitsu (tea ceremony room) and open-air during the festival period. Free tea tickets are distributed twice from 9:30 ...

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Kanagawa: Odawara Ume Matsuri

Ume (Japanese apricot) Flower Festival. There are about 250 apricot trees in Odawara Joshi Park and about 35,000 trees in Soga Bairin which consists of two gardens: Bessho and Nakagawara Gardens. Many events are scheduled on every Saturday and Sunday during the festival period. ...

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Kanagawa: Sankei-en Kanbai-kai

Ume (Japanese apricot) Flower Festival. This Japanese-style landscape garden has about 600 Japanese apricot trees. Admission to the garden is 700JPY. Please enter by 4:30 p.m.. Schedule & Key events: ● daily  10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mugicha(barley tea) service at ...

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Kyoto: Gion Corner Toki Tokubetsu Koen

Winter Special Performance. The demonstration of several kinds of traditional Japanese entertainments and arts is staged. Admission is 3,150JPY (2,500JPY for foreign visitors until Feb. 24). For further information, call 075-561-1119 (in English). Schedule & Key events: ● every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and national holidays (except ...

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Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri

Ume (Japanese apricot) Flower Festival. Taiko and other entertainments are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday and national holidays during the festival period. Tea ticket for Nodate is 600JPY. Schedule & Key events: ● Every Sunday ...

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Kanagawa: Yugawara-bairin "Ume-no-Utage"

Ume (Japanese apricot) Flower Festival. Visitors can enjoy viewing about 4,000 Japanese apricot trees in blossom. Admission is 200JPY except lighting up time. Schedule & Key events: ● Feb. 2 from noon: ...

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Shizuoka: Kawazu-zakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom Festival. Rich pink blossoms are distinctive of Kawazu-zakura which come into bloom in February. You can enjoy seeing the cherry blossoms along Kawazu River, even at night since the blossoms are lit up. ...

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Tokyo: Tsubaki Matsuri

Camellia Festival. Various species of camellia are usually in bloom during the festival period on Oshima Island. The festival features Oshima local performing arts such as Anko-no-Teodori (dance performed by Oshima local girls in traditional costume) and Oshima Minyo(traditional folk songs) and Yomatsuri ...

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Izu Oshima Tsubaki Festival

Izu Oshima Tsubaki Festival

The volcanic island of Izu Oshima may be considered a part of Tokyo, but with its tsubaki (camellias) gardens and scenic ocean views it's practically another world. From early February, the island will hold various events to celebrate the blooming season of its famous camellias. ...

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Ibaraki: Mito-no-Ume Matsuri

Ume (Japanese apricot) Flower Festival. There are more than 3,000 of around 100 varieties of apricot trees in Kairaku-en. Various events are scheduled, such as Nodate(Tea ticket is 300JPY), performance of traditional Japanese musical instruments and Hina-nagashi (floating paper dolls down on a stream). ...

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