Festivals of Japan

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* Due to COVID-19, many festivals are being cancelled this year. Please check each festival on the official website to confirm if it will take place or not.

Mid-February - Early April every year (tentative)

BIG HINA MATSURI

Tokushima

Late June - Late July every year (tentative)

Tenjin Festival (Osaka Tenmangu Shrine)

Osaka

Early May every year (tentative)

Kurashiki Fujimusume Monogatari -40th Heartland Kurashiki-

Okayama

Mid-September every year (tentative)

Ishioka Festival (Grand Festival of the Hitachi no Kuni Sosha Gu Shrine)

Ibaraki

Early August every year (tentative)

Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival

Shiga

Early April every year (tentative)

Inuyama Festival

Aichi

Late February every year (tentative)

Katsuyama Sagicho Festival

Fukui

Mid-April every year (tentative)

The Ushibuka Haiya Festibal

Kumamoto

Spring Takayama Festival (Sanno Festival) Mid-April every year (tentative) [Autumn Festival (Hachiman Festival) Early October every year (tentative)

Takayama Festival

Gifu

March 3 every year

Hina Nagashi

Wakayama

September 1 to 3 every year

Etchu-Yatsuo Owara Kaze-no-Bon

Toyama

Mid-February every year (tentative)

Hachinohe Enburi

Aomori

Mid-August every year (tentative)

The awa dance(awa odori) in tokushima city

Tokushima

Early August every year (tentative)

Aomori Nebuta Festival

Aomori

Late September every year (tentative)

Kuji Fall Festival

Iwate

Mid-August every year (tentative)

Bicchu Takahashi Matsuyama Odori

Okayama

Mid-October every year (tentative)

Kanuma Autumn Festival

Tochigi

Mid-November every year (tentative)

Taketa Bamboo Lantern Chikuraku

Oita

Mid-October every year (tentative)

Sake Festival

Hiroshima

Held on May 3 and 4 every year (scheduled)

Marugame Castle Festival

Kagawa

Mid-July every year (tentative)

Terukuni Shrine Lantern Festival

Kagoshima

Early October every year (tentative)

Nagasaki Kunchi Festival

Nagasaki

Early May every year (tentative)

Seihakusai Festival

Ishikawa

Mid-August every year (tentative)

Yamaga Lantern Festibal

Kumamoto

Early August every year (tentative)

ishidori matsuri

Mie

Mid-May every year (tentative)

OGAKI FESTIVAL

Gifu

May 17 and 18 every year

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival

Tochigi

Early May every year (tentative)

Odawara Hojo Godai Festival

Kanagawa

Early to mid-April *Timings may differ depending on the state of bloom of the cherry trees.

Shimonoseki Kaikyo Festival

Yamaguchi

Late August every year (tentative)

Kuzuryu Festival Eiheiji Dai Toro Nagashi

Fukui

Every year on the first Saturday/Sunday of November

Saito Tomb Festival

Miyazaki

Early August every year (tentative)

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade

Okinawa

Early October every year (tentative)

Naha Giant Tug of War

Okinawa

Every year on November 2/3

Ohara Festival

Kagoshima

Mid-October every year (tentative)

Otsu Festival

Shiga

Late February every year (tentative)

Tokamachi Snow Festival

Niigata

April 1 to the following Sunday every year *There are irregularities

Beppu Hatto Hot Spring Festival

Oita

Early August - Mid-August every year (tentative)

Nara To-kae

Nara

Mid-January every year (tentative)

Kawarayu Onsen Yukake Festival

Gumma

Late January - Early February every year

YAMAGATA snow festival

Yamagata

Mid-July - Late July every year (tentative)

Kumagaya Fan Festival

Saitama

The first Sunday of April every year.

Washibara Hachimangu Shrine Yabusame Shinji

Shimane

Early February - Mid-February every year (tentative)

Shiramine Yukidaruma Snowmen Festival

Ishikawa

Mid-August every year (tentative)

O-bon Daikento Lighting Up of Japanese Umbrellas

Tottori

Early February every year (tentative)

Iwate snow festival

Iwate

Late February - Early March every year (tentative)

Katsuura Big Doll Festival

Chiba

Every year on the last Sunday of October

Mt. Mitoku Fire Festival

Tottori

Early to mid-April *Timings may differ depending on the state of bloom of the cherry trees.

Shibata Cherry Blossom Festival & Ogawara Cherry Blossom Festival

Miyagi

Early August every year (tentative)

Sansa Odori Festival

Iwate

Every year during the second week of October

Sanuki Toyohama Chousa Festival

Kagawa

Mid-May every year (tentative)

Kanda Festival

Tokyo

Late March every year (tentative)

The Kanoukaen

Nagasaki

Early May - Late May every year (tentative)

2020 Fukiagehama Sand & Flower Festa in Minamisatsuma

Kagoshima

Early December - Late December every year (tentative)

Sendai Pageant of Starlight

Miyagi

Late July every year (tentative)

Owari Tsushima Tennoh Festival

Aichi

Late August every year (tentative)

Yoshida Fire Festival

Yamanashi

Early August every year (tentative)

Kiryu Yagibushi Festival

Gumma

Early August - Mid-August every year (tentative)

Yosakoi Festival

Kochi

Early August every year (tentative)

Jantokoi Uozu Festival

Toyama

Late February - Late March every year (tentative)

Mito Plum Blossom Festival

Ibaraki

Early July every year (tentative)

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

Kanagawa

Mid-August every year (tentative)

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine Festival (Fukagawa Hachiman Festival)

Tokyo

Every year from October 16 to 18

NIIHAMA TAIKO FESTIVAL

Ehime

February 15 and 16 each year

Yokote Kamakura Festival

Akita

Early August every year (tentative)

Shimizu Port Festival

Shizuoka

Every year on January 7

Nanokado Hadaka-mairi

Fukushima

Late October - Late November every year (tentative)

Entsuin Temple Fall Foliage Illumination

Miyagi

Early June - Mid-June every year (tentative)

YOSAKOI SORAN FESTIVAL

Hokkaido

Mid-July every year (tentative)

Nachi Fire Festival

Wakayama

Early July every year (tentative)

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival

Fukuoka

Early October every year (tentative)

Marimo Festival

Hokkaido

Late July every year (tentative)

Yama-age Festival

Tochigi

April 20–May 5 every year

The Sakura Festival of Kakunodate

Akita

Every year on December 2 to 3

Chichibu Night Festival

Saitama

Every year on the first Sunday or national holiday after September 16

Fujisaki Hachimangu Grand Festival

Kumamoto

Every year on December 31

New Year Memorial Ceremony

Shimane

Late July every year (tentative)

Soma-Nomaoi

Fukushima

Mid-February every year (tentative)

Saidaiji Temple Eyo

Okayama

Every year in the second week of October

Matsushiro Sanada Jumangoku Festival

Nagano

Early May - Late May every year (tentative)

Tomonoura, Sea Bream Net-fishing

Hiroshima

Every year on the 2nd Saturday/Sunday of February

Miyajima Oyster Festival

Hiroshima

April 13–16 every year

Nagahama Hikiyama Festival

Shiga

Every year for the 3 days of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday that are closest to October 25

Ueno Tenjin Festival

Mie

Late July every year (tentative)

TOBATA GION OYAMAGASA

Fukuoka

Every year on February 13 to 14

Jizo Exorcism Festival

Yamanashi

Sunday in early October (the day before the second Monday)

Niu Festival (Laughter Festival)

Wakayama

Late October - Early November every year (tentative)

Saga International Balloon Fiesta

Saga

Mid-May every year (tentative)

Sanja Festival

Tokyo

Third week in April every year

Nobeoka Daishi Matsuri

Miyazaki

Early April every year (tentative)

SHINGENーKO FESTIVAL ~The largest samurai parade in the world~

Yamanashi

Every year on the third Saturday/Sunday of October

Kawagoe Festival

Saitama

Early February every year (tentative)

Sapporo Snow Festival

Hokkaido

Mid-August every year (tentative)

Sanuki Takamatsu Festival

Kagawa

Late March every year (tentative)

Nagashibina in Mochigase

Tottori

Late April - Early May every year (tentative)

Yonezawa Uesugi Festival

Yamagata

Mid-February - Early March every year (tentative)

Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Nagasaki

May 2–4 every year

Takada Cherry Blossom Festival Takada Park

Niigata

Mid-August every year (tentative)

Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Festival

Hyogo

Early February - Early March every year (tentative)

Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

Shizuoka

Early May every year (tentative)

Takaoka Mikuruma-yama Festival

Toyama

Late July every year (tentative)

Hamasaki Gion Festival

Saga

Late November every year (tentative)

Hofu Tenmangu Gojinkousai (Hadakanbo Festival)

Yamaguchi

Early November - Late November every year (tentative)

Korankei Momiji Festival

Aichi

Early July - Late September every year (tentative)

Noto “Kiriko” Festival

Ishikawa

Mid-July every year (tentative)

Kokura Gion Daiko Drums

Fukuoka

Early October - Mid-October every year (tentative)

Saijo Festival

Ehime

Early April - Late April every year (tentative)

Takato Cherry Blossom Festival

Nagano

Early January - Mid-January every year (tentative)

Toka Ebisu Festival

Hyogo

Late November every year (tentative)

Ichijo Festival

Kochi

Early May every year (tentative)

Hamamatsu Festival

Shizuoka

Mid-July every year (tentative) (Autumn Festival: Mid-October every year (tentative))

Grand Festival of Sawara

Chiba

Mid-October every year (tentative)

Fall Pottery Festival

Shimane

Late April every year (tentative)

Tosa Akaoka Dorome Festival

Kochi

Early July every year (tentative)

Narita Gion Festival

Chiba

Early August every year (tentative)

Oita Tanabata Festival

Oita

Late January - Mid-February every year (tentative)

Nakiji Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival –Night Illumination of World Heritage Nakijin Castle Ruins–

Okinawa

Mid-November every year (tentative)

Taimatsu Akashi

Fukushima

Late October every year (tentative)

KAWASAKI Halloween

Kanagawa

May 19–21 every year

Mikuni Festival

Fukui

Late July every year (tentative)

Warei Shrine Festival,Uwajima Ushioni Festival

Ehime

Mid-June every year (tentative)

Sanno Festival

Tokyo

Late April - Mid-May every year (tentative)

Nemophila Harmony

Ibaraki

Early August every year (tentative)

Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks Show

Niigata

Late April - Early May every year (tentative)

Arita Ceramic Bazaar

Saga

Early August every year (tentative)

Hyuga Hyottoko Mask Summer Festival

Miyazaki

Early August every year (tentative)

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

Yamagata

Mid-August every year (tentative)

Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks Festival

Yamaguchi

April 23–May 5 every year

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Aomori

Every year on October 14/15

Nada Fighting Festival

Hyogo

Mid-April every year (tentative)

Furukawa Festival

Gifu

Early January - Mid-January every year (tentative)

Toka Ebisu Festival (Imamiya Ebisu Shrine)

Osaka

Every year for the 3 days of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the second week of October

Kiritampo Festival

Akita

Early April every year (tentative)

Castle Town Obata Cherry Blossom Festival

Gumma

Mid-April every year (tentative)

Hana Haru Festa

Tokushima

Late January every year (tentative)

Nara Chitose Hogu-hogu Festival (Otateyama Festival 2020)

Nara

Every year on January 15

Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Fire Festival

Nagano

Early May every year (tentative)

Iga Ueno NINJA Festa

Mie

Mid-September every year (tentative)

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival

Osaka

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