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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.26) Location: Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, Hanzomon Line or Toei ...

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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 of this festival is Kaichu-Togyo (people carrying floats into the sea and parading around). Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 21 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 ...

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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. 20 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibition of all floats decorated with lighted lanterns on the city's main streets ● ...

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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, Kyoto Access: Eizan ...

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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. 15 daytime Parade of Danjiri and dashi from Osumi-jinja Shrine ● Oct. 22 daytime ...

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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. 27 evening Procession of four mikoshi from Imari-jinja Shrine and hono-gassen ● Oct. 28 daytime Procession of four mikoshi from Imari-jinja Shrine and hono-gassen ● Oct. 29 daytime Procession of ...

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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 women 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. 29 Kiba-no-Kaku-nori Kiyari (lumber-carriers' chant) Shishi-mai lion ...

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Tochigi: Kikusui Matsuri

Festival featuring a parade of horen (palanquin), armored warriors, and yabusame horses. If it heavily rains, the event will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: ● daily from 9 a.m.: / from 3:30 p.m.: Yabusame in front of the shrine ● Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Parade ...

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Tokyo: Yasukuni-jinja Kikka-ten

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● Oct. 16-Oct. 31, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. ● Nov. 1-Nov. 5, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, Hanzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Station (T07, Z06, S05) (Exit 1), and then walk ...

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Tokyo: Jindai Shokubutsu Koen Kikka Taikai

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission to the garden is ¥500. Please enter by 4 p.m.. The garden is closed on every Monday. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Jindai Botanical Garden, Chofu, Tokyo Access: (1) Keio Line to Chofu Station (North Exit). From there, take bus (for ...

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Tokyo: Kameido Tenjin Kiku Matsuri

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Koto-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Sobu Line to Kameido Station (North Exit), and then walk 15 min.; (2) JR Sobu Line or Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line to Kinshicho Station (Z13) (North ...

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Tokyo: Meiji-jingu Kikka-ten

Summay: Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 5:40 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Location: Meiji-jingu Shrine, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station (Omotesando Exit), and then walk 5 min.; (2) Tokyo Metro Chiyoda or Fukutoshin Line to Meiji-Jingumae Station (C03, F15) (Exit 2), and ...

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Ibaraki: Kasama-no Kiku Matsuri

Chrysanthemum Exhibition. Potted chrysanthemums and dolls made of chrysanthemum are exhibited in the shrine precincts. Japanese traditional performing arts, such as Bugaku and Yabusame are also performed during the festival period. Admission to the exhibition of chrysanthemum dolls is ¥800. Schedule & Key events: ● daily ...

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