Festivals of Japan : Processions and parades

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.

Late February every year (tentative)

Katsuyama Sagicho Festival

Fukui

Early April every year (tentative)

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

Yamanashi

Early April every year (tentative)

Inuyama Festival

Aichi

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

Takayama Festival

Gifu

Mid-April every year (tentative)

Furukawa Festival

Gifu

Late April - Early May every year (tentative)

Yonezawa Uesugi Festival

Yamagata

Early May every year (tentative)

Kurashiki Fujimusume Monogatari -40th Heartland Kurashiki-

Okayama

Early May every year (tentative)

Odawara Hojo Godai Festival

Kanagawa

Early May every year (tentative)

Hamamatsu Festival

Shizuoka

Mid-May every year (tentative)

Kanda Festival

Tokyo

Early June - Mid-June every year (tentative)

YOSAKOI SORAN FESTIVAL

Hokkaido

Mid-June every year (tentative)

Sanno Festival

Tokyo

Early July every year (tentative)

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival

Fukuoka

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

Grand Festival of Sawara

Chiba

Mid-July every year (tentative)

Kokura Gion Daiko Drums

Fukuoka

Late July every year (tentative)

TOBATA GION OYAMAGASA

Fukuoka

Late July every year (tentative)

Warei Shrine Festival,Uwajima Ushioni Festival

Ehime

Late July every year (tentative)

Hamasaki Gion Festival

Saga

Early August every year (tentative)

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade

Okinawa

Early August - Mid-August every year (tentative)

Yosakoi Festival

Kochi

Mid-August every year (tentative)

The awa dance(awa odori) in tokushima city

Tokushima

Early April every year (tentative)

Castle Town Obata Cherry Blossom Festival

Gumma

Mid-April every year (tentative)

The Ushibuka Haiya Festibal

Kumamoto

Early May every year (tentative)

Takaoka Mikuruma-yama Festival

Toyama

Early May every year (tentative)

Seihakusai Festival

Ishikawa

Early October - Mid-October every year (tentative)

Saijo Festival

Ehime

Every year in the second week of October

Matsushiro Sanada Jumangoku Festival

Nagano

Mid-October every year (tentative)

Otsu Festival

Shiga

Every year on October 14/15

Nada Fighting Festival

Hyogo

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

Shimonoseki Kaikyo Festival

Yamaguchi

May 17 and 18 every year

Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival

Tochigi

May 19–21 every year

Mikuni Festival

Fukui

Every year from early July to mid-October

Noto “Kiriko” Festival

Ishikawa

Every year from July 20 to 23

Kumagaya Fan Festival

Saitama

Every year on the Friday to Sunday that includes the fourth Saturday of July.

Yama-age Festival

Tochigi

Early August every year (tentative)

Sansa Odori Festival

Iwate

Every year from August 5 to 7

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

Yamagata

Every year on September 15 and for three days with Respect for the Aged Day as the last days.

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

Ibaraki

October 8 to 10 (fixed dates every year)

Marimo Festival

Hokkaido

Every year on the third Saturday/Sunday of October

Kawagoe Festival

Saitama

Every year for three days with the second Sunday in October as the last day.

Sanuki Toyohama Chohsa Festival

Kagawa

Every year from October 16 to 18

NIIHAMA TAIKO FESTIVAL

Ehime

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

Ueno Tenjin Festival

Mie

Every year on the first Saturday/Sunday of November

Saito Tomb Festival

Miyazaki

Late November every year (tentative)

Ichijo Festival

Kochi

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