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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

The Kanto region seems to have passed that time of year when pale pink sakura (cherry blossoms) begin blooming everywhere. For those still looking for a flowery fix, though, fear not — the shibazakura (moss phlox) will make up for it. The carpets of bright ...

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Tokyo: Ozumo Gogatsu Basho

Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall. Dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremonies) by yokozuna (the grand champions) take place around 3:55 p.m. each day. After this are the main matches by maku-uchi (upper-rank Sumo wrestlers). Advance tickets are sold at Ticket Pia and convenience stores. ...

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Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is Shinkosai, a procession of horen (palanquins) and mikoshi drawn by townspeople, parading in the neighborhood of the shrine. Edosato-Kagura (Shinto dance with music) is also performed several times each day. Schedule & Key ...

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Fukiagehama Sand Festival

Fukiagehama Sand Festival

Fukiagehama Beach boasts Japan's longest stretch of sakyū (sand dunes), which is shared between three cities in Kagoshima Prefecture. One of those is Minamisatsuma, which also invites sand sculptors from here and abroad to take part in a sand-sculpting contest. Visitors can view their entries, ...

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Yokohama Central Town Festival

Yokohama Central Town Festival

The 200th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama's port is not for another 40 years, but that hasn't stopped the city from getting into the mood for a party early. As part of the Yokohama Central Town Festival, Kanagawa Arts Theatre will feature Yokohama-related musical ...

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Tokyo: Hanazono-jinja Reitaisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of the festival is a procession of two mikoshi and floats from the shrine, parading on Yasukuni-dori Street, Shinjuku-dori Street and Meiji-dori Street. Open-air stalls selling foods and others are set up. Schedule & Key ...

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Tsuzawa Yotaka Andon Festival

Tsuzawa Yotaka Andon Festival

In some parts of the Hokuriku region, traditional andon (paper lanterns) light up the streets at this time of year. One place they'll be on display is in the Tsuzawa district of Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture, as part of the Tsuzawa Yotaka Andon Festival, which ...

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Musikfest Nara 2018

Musikfest Nara 2018

When the almost monthlong Musikfest Nara starts on May 7, the prefecture's historical spots won't just be worth seeing, they'll be worth hearing. The 28-day event is set to feature around 250 music programs in 24 different municipalities. The opening day, for example, will feature ...

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Ibaraki: Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri

Ayame (iris) Flower Festival. A million iris flowers from approximately 500 species are in bloom. Admission is free. Yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride) and local Japanese entertainments will be performed. Schedule & Key events: ● daily ...

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Kamo River Summer Terrace

Kamo River Summer Terrace

In many cities, the start of summer means the opening of patios and al fresco dining. In Kyoto, it means the opening of the Kamo River terraces. Nearly 100 different establishments will open outdoor areas for patrons to enjoy. The stretches of terraces, which are ...

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Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. It will be held every day during the period except on the night of the full moon (Sept. 25 this year) or when the water is excessively muddy. Fee is 3,100 JPY or 3,400 JPY without meal. To make a reservation, please ...

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