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Tokyo: Asagao-ten

Asagao Fair. Flowers are in bloom usually in the morning. Schedule & Key events: ● July 28-Aug. 2 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ● Aug. 3 ...

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Aichi: O-Chochin Matsuri

Huge Lantern Festival. O-Chochin (12 huge paper lanterns, 10 meters in length and 5 meters in diameter each, painted with colorful designs) are lighted up at the shrine. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 24 7 p.m.-midnight O-Chochin light up from 3 p.m.: & from 8 ...

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Oita: Honba Tsurusaki Odori Taikai

Japanese Folk Dancing Meet. People in fancy attire gather in Tsurusaki Park Ground and dance in a ring to the sound of Yokobue (Japanese flute) and Kokyu (Chinese fiddle). Schedule & Key events: ● daily 7:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Location: Tsurusaki Park Ground, Higashi Tsurusaki, Oita, Oita Access: JR ...

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Okinawa: Okinawa Zento Ei-sah Matsuri

Ei-sah is a traditional folk dancing native to Okinawa main island and is performed to the accompaniment with drumming. Groups of young people from all over Okinawa parade dancing Ei-sah. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 23 from 6:30 p.m.: Ei-sah on the ...

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Tokyo: Koenji Awa Odori

Folk Dancing Festival originated in the Awa region in Tokushima Pref., demonstrated by people to the tune of merry music on the streets around JR Koenji Sta. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Location: Shopping streets around JR Koenji Sta., Suginami-ku, Tokyo Access: JR Chuo ...

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Tokyo: Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi

Folk Dancing Festival originated in Kochi Pref. in Shikoku Island, participated by about 100 groups from all over Japan. The dance festival is held in several sites. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 24 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ● Aug. 25 10 ...

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Tokyo: Kameido Tenjin Reitaisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The festival features about 1,000 Kentomyo (lighted lanterns). The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 24 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tenjin-bayashi (festival music) ● Aug. 25 9 ...

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Yamagata: Shinjo Matsuri

Festival with a 260-year history, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The festival features a parade of floats bedecked with historical figures, castles and artificial flowers, mikoshi accompanied by people ...

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Yamanashi: Yoshida-no Hi Matsuri

Fire Festival of the shrines, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, held to mark the end of the Mt. Fuji climbing season. Himatsuri is the main event of this festival in which about 70 giant torches are set on ...

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Akita: Zenkoku Hanabi Kyogi Taikai

Fireworks Display Contest, noted for the biggest of its kind in Japan with 18,000 fireworks in total. If it heavily rains, the date and time of the fireworks display are subject to change. Schedule & Key events: 5:15 p.m.-, 6:50 p.m.- Location: Omono River, Daisen, Akita Access: JR ...

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Tokyo: Asakusa Samba Carnival

Samba Dancing Parade with 16 samba teams' participants in samba attire. Schedule & Key events: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Location: Kaminarimon-dori Street, Umamichi-dori Street, Taito-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Asakusa Sta. (G19, A18) Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist ...

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Gifu: Gujo Odori

Folk Dance Meet, one of the most popular folk dancing events joined by thousands of people in Yukata, to the accompaniment of festival music at several sites in the town. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 1-5, 7-11, 18-20, 24, 25, 31 & Sept. 1, 7 8 ...

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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: ● July 1-Aug. 31 (except Aug. 16) ...

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Uji River Cormorant Fishing

Uji River Cormorant Fishing

When visiting Uji in Kyoto, you'll most likely visit Byodoin Temple and Ujigami Shrine, and savor matcha (powdered green tea) or tea-flavored sweets. But for the next few months, there's another reason to get fired up for your time in Uji. For a graceful display ...

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Kyoto: Ujigawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is 2,000JPY (child 1,000JPY) without meal. Tickets are put on sale 1 hr. before the boarding time on the day. No reservation is necessary unless you charter a boat for a group. Schedule & Key events: ● July 1-Aug. 31 6:30 p.m.-8 ...

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Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. It will be held every day during the period except on the night of the full moon (Sept. 17 this year) or when the water is excessively muddy. Fee is 3,100 JPY or 3,400 JPY without meal. For reservation, please call 058-262-0104 ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.