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Kyoto: Heian-jingu Shin-en Muryo Kokai

Opening Shin-en (the sacred garden) at the shrine to the public for free of charge. Japanese bush clovers are usually in full bloom in September. (Admission 600JPY is charged on any other days except Sept. 19.) Schedule & Key events: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Heian-jingu Shrine Shin-en, ...

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Tokyo: Dara-Dara Matsuri (Shoga Matsuri)

Festival known as "Shoga Matsuri" (Ginger Root Festival). The festival features open-air stalls selling fresh ginger roots. The highlight of this festival is a parade of mikoshi carried by townspeople in the neighborhood of the shrine. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 15 ...

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Tokyo: Ozumo Kugatsu Basho

Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremonies) by Yokozuna (the grand champions) take place around 3:55 p.m. daily. Then the main matches by Maku-uchi (upper-rank Sumo wrestlers) start. Advance tickets are sold at Ticket Pia, convenience stores, and so on. ...

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Tokyo: Akagi-jinja Reitai-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. Open-air stalls are set up in the shrine precincts. Schedule & Key events: ● daily  daytime Japanese traditional dance from 6 ...

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Tokyo: Nezu-jinja Reitai-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. Open-air stalls are set up in the shrine precincts. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 22 from 2 p.m.: Kagura "Sanza-no-mai" performance from 7 p.m.: ...

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Tokyo: Yabo Tenman-gu Reitai-sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a parade of Mando, poles decorated with artificial flowers and pictures, and Koshiki-Shishi-mai (lion dance). Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 21 from 8 p.m.: Parade of people with lanterns and ...

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Iwate: Nippon-no-Furusato Tono Matsuri

Festival coinciding with an annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a parade of local performing arts all native to the Tohoku region such as Shishi-odori (deer dance), Kagura, Taiko and folk dancing held by about 60 grouped people. Schedule & ...

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Kyoto: Arashiyama Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is 1,800JPY without meal. Tickets are put on sale on the day from 1 hr. before the departure time. No reservation is necessary unless you charter a boat for a group. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 1-23 6:30 p.m.-, 7:30 ...

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Fukushima: Aizu Matsuri

Festival of the area. The highlight of this festival is Aizu-han-ko Gyoretsu (a procession in honor of a feudal lord of the Aizu domain and his 500 armored warriors). Some more events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 21 7 ...

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Ishikawa: Koi-koi Matsuri

Festival featuring a parade of O-shishi mikoshi (portable shrine shaped like a huge lion head carried by town's people) and Geisha (professional female entertainers), and Yamanaka-bushi-wa-odori dancing parade by thousands of people in festival attire to the sound of Shamisen (three-stringed musical instruments), flutes ...

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Kyoto: Hagi Matsuri

Japanese bush clover Festival. Bush clovers are beautifully planted all over the shrine precincts. Several Japanese traditional performances are scheduled. Fee for tea ceremony is 800JPY or 1,500JPY. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Chakai (tea ceremony) ...

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Kyoto: Seimei-jinja Reisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. Main event of the festival is Shinko-sai (a parade of mikoshi led by a traditional boys' drums and fifes band, the carriages of the halberds, girls in beautiful attire, and decorated horses), proceeding on the main streets in the ...

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Kyoto: Kushi Matsuri

Comb Festival featuring a colorful parade of about 45 women having their hair done in various coiffures representing each era from ancient times to the present day and in clothes reflecting those eras. If it rains, the parade will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: from ...

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Chiba: Ohara Hadaka Matsuri

Naked festival. The highlight of this festival is Shiofumi, in which 18 mikoshi carried by men wearing loin-clothes are jostled each other in the sea and along Ohara Kaisuiyoku-jo Beach. Schedule & Key events: ● Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.: ...

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Mie: Jingu Aki-no-Kagura-sai

Autumn Festival at the shrine. If it rains, Jingu Bugaku will be performed in the Sanshuden Hall only once from 11 a.m. on the day. Various Japanese traditional performing arts are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily from 11 a.m.: & from ...

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Gunma: Yassa Matsuri

Festival with a 400-year history. Youths wearing loin-clothes jostle each other in the shrine precincts, shouting "Yassa, Yassa," and vie with one another climbing up the pillars to be the first getting the bell attached to the top of the ceiling in the shrine. Schedule ...

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