Festivals of Japan : Traditional performing arts

Events across Japan. A collection ranging from traditional to seasonal offerings.

* 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.

Early January - Mid-January every year (tentative)

Toka Ebisu Festival (Imamiya Ebisu Shrine)

Osaka

Early January - Mid-January every year (tentative)

Toka Ebisu Festival

Hyogo

Mid-February every year (tentative)

Hachinohe Enburi

Aomori

Mid-February - Early April every year (tentative)

BIG HINA MATSURI

Tokushima

Late February - Early March every year (tentative)

Katsuura Big Doll Festival

Chiba

Late April - Early May every year (tentative)

Arita Ceramic Bazaar

Saga

Early May every year (tentative)

Kurashiki Fujimusume Monogatari -40th Heartland Kurashiki-

Okayama

Early May - Late May every year (tentative)

Tomonoura, Sea Bream Net-fishing

Hiroshima

Early May every year (tentative)

Hamamatsu Festival

Shizuoka

Mid-May every year (tentative)

OGAKI FESTIVAL

Gifu

Early July every year (tentative)

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

Kanagawa

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

Grand Festival of Sawara

Chiba

Late July every year (tentative)

Soma-Nomaoi

Fukushima

Every year from August 2 to 7

Aomori Nebuta Festival

Aomori

Mid-August every year (tentative)

O-bon Daikento Lighting Up of Japanese Umbrellas

Tottori

Mid-August every year (tentative)

Bicchu Takahashi Matsuyama Odori

Okayama

Late September every year (tentative)

Kuji Fall Festival

Iwate

Early October every year (tentative)

Marimo Festival

Hokkaido

Early October every year (tentative)

Naha Giant Tug of War

Okinawa

Mid-October every year (tentative)

Fall Pottery Festival

Shimane

Mid-April every year (tentative)

The Ushibuka Haiya Festibal

Kumamoto

Early May every year (tentative)

Iga Ueno NINJA Festa

Mie

September 1 to 3 every year

Etchu-Yatsuo Owara Kaze-no-Bon

Toyama

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

Niu Festival (Laughter Festival)

Wakayama

Every year on the last Sunday of October

Mt. Mitoku Fire Festival

Tottori

Every year on January 7

Nanokado Hadaka-mairi

Fukushima

Every year on January 15

Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Fire Festival

Nagano

March 3 every year

Hina Nagashi

Wakayama

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

Beppu Hatto Hot Spring Festival

Oita

The first Sunday of April every year.

Washibara Hachimangu Shrine Yabusame Shinji

Shimane

April 13–16 every year

Nagahama Hikiyama Festival

Shiga

Late March every year (tentative)

Nagashibina in Mochigase

Tottori

Every year for the three days of Friday to Sunday in the first week of August.

Kiryu Yagibushi Festival

Gumma

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