Category: Festivals

  • Shizuoka: The Green Tea Center Of Japan

    Shizuoka: The Green Tea Center Of Japan

    Shizuoka is the largest producer of this national beverage. You too can become a tea expert, as you learn about Tea. Green tea could be called the “national beverage” of Japan. So you’ve come to the right place to try this delicious and healthful drink; Shizuoka prefecture produces half of all the tea grown in…

  • Best Festivals in Mie Prefecture

    Best Festivals in Mie Prefecture

    Mie prefecture is home to many fascinating festivals. Here’s our list of the best of them. Geita Festival Held at dawn on New Year’s Day, this festival features men holding aloft white sun-shaped rings made from silverberry wood on bamboo poles. Festival Season/Date: January 1 Festival Venue and Getting There: Kamijima-town, Toba-city. Forty-five minutes by…

  • Shizuoka Spring Festivals Guide

    Shizuoka Spring Festivals Guide

    Here’s our list of the best Festivals going on in Shizuoka Prefecture in Spring in the months of March, April and May. March Okichi Memorial Festival, Shimoda City (Shimoda-shi) Festival Period: March 27 The geisha in Shimoda offers a mass on behalf of Tojin Okichi, who was appointed by the Japanese government to serve as…

  • Honen Matsuri Harvest Festival Guide

    Honen Matsuri Harvest Festival Guide

    This Shrine is dedicated to the God of harvest which is five staple grains (rice, wheat, etc.) and the prosperity of future generations. The Bumper Harvest Festival is where a huge wooden phallus is paraded, then offered at the shrine, also called Tagata Jinja (Tagata temple). It is well-known for its uniqueness. This Honen Matsuri…

  • Nasukarasuyama Yama-age Festival

    Nasukarasuyama Yama-age Festival

    Yama-age festival is held on 4th Saturday in July following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Yama-age festival is said to data from 1560, when Suketane Nasu, the lord of the Karasuyama castle deified Susano-no-mikoto, the brother of the Su-goddess to drive out the plague. In Shintoism he was believed to be potent in amelioration of…

  • Shizuoka Summer Festivals

    Shizuoka Summer Festivals

    Here’s our of all the fantastic festivals that take place in Shizuoka prefecture over the summer months from June until the End of August. There are also some great Spring festivals held in Shizuoka. Dontsuku Festival, Higashi Izu-machi Festival Period: June 2-3 During this humorous festival, local geisha parade through the streets carrying a phallus…

  • Nagano City Four Seasons Festival Event and Flower Calender

    Nagano City Four Seasons Festival Event and Flower Calender

    There are various kinds of festivals such as traditional performances succeeded for a long time and modern festivals for all residents in Nagano City. Nagano City Events Schedule Zenkoji Obinzuru mawashi (Festival of St.Binzuru) January 6th This festival is held at Hondo, the main hall in Zenkoji temple in the evening. Visitors tap the worn…

  • Tanabu Festival Of Mutsu City

    Centuries before the city of Mutsu ever exited, during the Edo Period, Tanabu Shrine was a critical religious and administrative center within the Nambu feudal domain. The annual grand festival that takes place from August 18 to 20 is called the Tanabu Festival. The origins of the festival are unknown; an entry was found mentioning…

  • Ominato Nebuta Festival of Mutsu City

    The Ominato Nebuta Festival carries with it a history of more than one hundred years. The illuminated nebuta floats depicting biant-sized warriors and folkheroes are sponsored by neighborhood associations and various offices. The unique melodies and rhythms of festival music, in addition to the traditional folk dances, are the heart of the festival which draws…

  • Yabusame Festival of Fujiyoshida

    JapanGuides.net This festival at the Fuji Omuro Sengen Jinga near Shimoyoshida Station is a Equestrian Archery(Yabusame) Festival (held annually in September) The Yabusame Festival is a unique horseback archery and divining event unique to Fujiyoshida. Local men gallop horses down a narrow, dirt street firing at woven targets, and hanging on as tight as they…

  • Yamanashi Festivals and Events

    Yamanashi Festivals and Events

    People living in mountainous areas have good reason to celebrate the coming of spring after enduring the hardships of a severe winter. There are a number of festivals unique to Yamanashi throughout spring and summer.   Come enjoy over 1,500 fireworks winter events at Kawakuchi-ko. While the fireworks light up the sky from the dark,…

  • Events and Festivals around Nemuro Peninsula – Tourist Attractions, Nemuro City (Nemuro-shi)

    On the first of January, many tourists rush to Cape Nosappu. Seeing the earliest sunrise in Japan at the cape makes them feel refreshed and purified. Another year of struggle for the return of Northern Territories begins. Cycling of the coastline (July) Since 1985, cycling the coastline between Nemuro and Shibetsu is established as a…

  • Momotaro Park, includes the Momotaro Shrine and Festival alongside the Kiso River in Inuyama City (Inuyama-shi)

    JapanGuides.net Momotaro Park was built alongside the Kiso River, blessed with the beautiful landscape of the surrounding area. The park includes the Momotaro Shrine, where a folktale hero, Momotaro, is said to have been born, and the Kurisu Open-Air Playground, which provides camping facilities. Momotaro Shrine Festival is held at the Momotaro Shrine on May…

  • The Black Ship Festival In Shimoda (Kurofune Matsuri)

    The Black Ship Festival In Shimoda (Kurofune Matsuri)

    The most famous festival of Shimoda celebrates in honor of the arrival on the Blackship and Commodore Perry landing in Japan to the world. The three-day festival commemorates the arrival of US Commodore Mathew Perry 152 years ago. It was US Commodore Mathew Perry and a squadron of nine so-called black ships that forced the…

  • Odawara Festivals and Events in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Season, Odawara City (Odawara-shi) Tourism

    Akibasan Hibuse Matsuri (Firewalking Festival) is a ritual performed by mountaineering ascetics called Yamabushi in their unique clothes in Odawara, where “Buddhist Priests walked over hot coals. They pray for peace in the world and exchange religious questions and answers. After that, there is the ritual of “Hiwatari” in which the monks walk on red-hot…

  • Shizuoka Autumn Festivals

    Shizuoka Autumn Festivals

    Festival Period: A naked festival in honor of the shrine deity, held on the Saturday preceding August 10 under the old lunar calendar. Misakubo Matsuri, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi) Festival Period: Saturday and Sunday in mid September A disguise contest, which is very unique and nationally well known, is held in the day and a valiant…

  • Arimatsu Festival Float Hall (Arimastu Float Museum) in Arimatsu, Midori Ward (Midori-ku), Nagoya City (Nagoya-shi)

    Arimatsu Festival Float Hall (Arimastu Float Museum) in Arimatsu, Midori Ward (Midori-ku), Nagoya City (Nagoya-shi)

    JapanGuides.net A gorgeous float, mounted with Karakuri Mechanical Dolls, is exhibited in this hall. One of the three festival floats of Arimatsu, Hotei-sha float, Karako-sha float, and Jingu-kogo-sha float, is exhibited in rotation to introduce festival culture. The floats, which have been maintained for about 400 years are precious historical material as along with the…

  • The Anjo Tanabata Festival

    JapanGuides.net This festival celebrates an event that adds poetic charm to summer. The three-day Anjo Tanabata Festival, with its dreams and romance of a summer night, has been celebrated in early August since 1954. This midsummer night’s dream world is created with two-meter balls, complicated magic tricks, a five-color pennant that flaps in the cool…

  • Daidogei Street Performance Festival (Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka) in Shizuoka City (Shizuoka-shi)

    JapanGuides.net Probably the biggest event on Shizuoka’s Calendar, held annually in early November, jugglers, mimes, magicians and other performers from around the world gather to pit their skills against each other in this grand contest of entertainment. Daidogei World Cup is a highly respected international festival of street performance, which attracts over 2 million visitors…

  • Unique Local Festivals Around Mt. Fuji

    This festival, held in the city of Arai during the month of July is an exciting fireworks festival. The festival is meant to express the fear and admiration for fire — thus these unusual cylinder-type fireworks are set off while being held in a person’s arms! It’s an exciting festival, intoxicating participants and onlookers alike…

  • Mutsu-Shimokita Sea Festival of Mutsu City

    JapanGuides.net Living in a region surrounded on all sides by water, the sea plays an important role in the lives of all the inhabitants of the Shimokita Peninsula. The Sea Festival is an event that expresses the inhabitants thanks to the sea and is an affirmation of their commitment to protecting clean water and the…