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Tokyo: Yasukuni-jinja Shu-ki Reitaisai

Annual Autumn Festival of the shrine. Many performing arts are presented in the shrine precincts during the festival period. Schedule & key events: Many performing arts (Dates and hours are still to be arranged as of Sep.25) Location: Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, ...

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Iwate: Kamaishi Matsuri

Festival of two shrines. The highlight of this festival is Hikifune Matsuri, festival of towing a ship, in which mikoshi of Osaki-jinja Shrine are carried onto the ship sails in Kamaishi Bay. Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 20 10 a.m. Hikifune Matsuri ● Oct. 21 12:15 ...

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Aichi: Nagoya Matsuri

Festival featuring parades led by a troop of the three most famous feudal lords in the age of warriors: Nobunaga Oda (1534-1582), Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1536-1598) and Ieyasu Tokugawa (1542-1616). Many events are scheduled at the festival sites in the city during the festival period. Schedule ...

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Aichi: Miya Matsuri

Festival with a 300-year history. The highlight is Kaichu-Togyo (people carrying floats into the sea and parading around). Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 20 1:40 p.m.-6:20 p.m. Parade of four huge floats from each different district to Yatsurugi-jinja Shrine through the city, and demonstration of ...

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Mie: Ueno Tenjin Matsuri

Festival, registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, featuring a parade of nine lavishly-decorated Danjiri and Oni (people wearing comical ogre-costumes and masks). Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 19 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibition of all floats decorated with lighted lanterns on the city's main ...

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Shimane: Matsuesai Dou-Gyoretsu

Festival featuring a parade in which 15 floats, on each of which two or three huge drums called "dou" are placed, are drawn by children and townspeople while drums are pleasantly beaten by men accompanied with the floats. Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 21 11:45 a.m. ...

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Okayama: Bizen-yaki Matsuri

Pottery Fair, held at Bizen-yaki Dento Sangyo Kaikan and fair sites of many stalls set up around JR Inbe Station Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 20 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ● Oct. 21 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Bizen-yaki Dento Sangyo Kaikan,, Inbe, Bizen, Okayama Access: JR Ako Line ...

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Tokyo: Kotokumin Matsuri (Kiba-no Kakunori / Fukagawa-no Chikaramochi)

Koto Citizen's Festival. Main events are Kiba-no-Kaku-nori (acrobatic stunts on rolling squared timbers), teko-mai dance by woman in male attire, and Fukagawa-no-Chikara-mochi in which men demonstrate their great strength by lifting straw bags filled with rice. Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 21 ...

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Saitama: Kawagoe 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 a parade of 19 adorned floats to the tune of Ohayashi festival music with Taiko drumming and Japanese ...

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The 15th Senshu Yosakoi Eejanaika Festival

The 15th Senshu Yosakoi Eejanaika Festival

Southwestern Osaka Prefecture's Senshu region, the location of Kansai International Airport and shopping malls, is always crowded with tourists and shoppers. During the autumn, the annual Senshu Yosakoi Eejanaika also attracts tens of thousands of festival-goers to watch troupes of dancers with naruko (wooden clappers) ...

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Kyoto: Jidai Matsuri

Festival of Eras, one of the three main festivals in Kyoto. The highlight of this festival is a procession of over 2,000 people clad in the costumes representing each era during a millennium when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. If it rains, the ...

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Kyoto: Kurama-no-Himatsuri

Fire Festival. Long rows of balefire are lit up, and gaily-dressed children march along the street bearing burning torches in their hands, followed by adults bearing larger ones. Schedule & key events: from 6 p.m.: Balefire are lit up on Kurama-Kaido Street Location: Yuki-jinja Shrine,, Sakyo-ku, ...

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Yamanashi: Kawanakajima Kassen Sengoku Emaki

Mock battles of famous Kawanakajima Kassen battle fought between famous warlords, Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, in the 16th century. The battles are held by 900 people on the riverbeds of Fuefuki River, in front of Fuefuki city hall. Schedule & key events: from ...

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Kyoto: Kyoto Antique Fair

Grand Antique Fair with about 330 dealers from around the world. Admission is free. ...

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Okayama: Tsuyama Matsuri

Annual Festivals of the shrines, with a 400-year history, featuring magnificently sculptured Danjiri and lavishly adorned Dashi, and a huge mikoshi carried by over 100 youths, accompanied by Danjiri. Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 21 daytime Parade of Danjiri and Dashi from Osumi-jinja ...

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Saga: Tontenton Matsuri

Fighting Festival. The highlight of this festival is Hono-Gassen (dedication of fighting between mikoshi and a float). Schedule & key events: ● Oct. 26 evening Procession of four mikoshi from Imari-jinja Shrine and Hono-Gassen ● Oct. 27 daytime Procession of four mikoshi from ...

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