Events & Festivals

 Events & Festivals
 January
3rd
  Tamaseseri (Ball-Catching Festival)
 Fukuoka
6th
  Dezome-shiki (New Year's Parade of Firemen)
 Tokyo
7th
  Usokae (Bullfinch Exchange)
 Fukuoka
9th~11th
  Toka Ebisu
 Osaka
Fourth Saturday
    Yamayaki (Grass Burning on Mt. Wakakusayama)
 Nara
The Sunday closest to January 15th
    Toh-shiya (Archery Contest) at Sanjusangen-do Temple
 Kyoto
17th
    Bonden-sai (Bonden Festival)
 Akita
  February
For 7 days, starting in the second week
    Sapporo Snow Festival
 Hokkaido
3rd
    Setsubun Mantoro (Lantern Festival)
 Nara
15th & 16th
    Kamakura Snow Festival, Yokote
 Akita
Third Saturday
    Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri
(Naked Festival at Saidai-ji Temple)
 Okayama
17th~20th
    Hachinohe Enburi
 Aomori
  March
1st~14th
    Omizutori (Water-Drawing Festival)
 Nara
Weekend in mid-March
    Sagicho Matsuri (Sagicho Festival)
 Shiga
Weekend in mid-March
    Dai Himonjiyaki at Aso Fire Festival
 Kumamoto
  April
Second Sunday ~ Third Sunday
    Kamakura Festival
 Kanagawa
14th & 15th
  Takayama Festival
 Gifu
16th & 17th
  Yayoi Festival
 Tochigi
  May
3rd & 4th
  Hakata Dontaku Festival
 Fukuoka
3rd~5th
  Takoage-Gassen (Kite-Fighting Contest)
 Shizuoka
17th & 18th
  Takigi O-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance)
 Nara
11th ~ October 15th
  Ukai (Cormorant Fishing)
 Gifu
The Saturday and Sunday closest
to May 15th
  Kanda Matsuri
 Tokyo
15th
  Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival)
 Kyoto
17th & 18th
  Shunki Reitaisai (Grand Festival of Spring), Nikko
 Tochigi
Third Sunday and preceding Friday and Saturday
  Asakusa Sanja Matsuri
 Tokyo
Third Sunday
  Mifune Matsuri
 Kyoto
  June
1st & 2nd
  Takigi Noh (Bonfire Noh performance), Kyoto
 Kyoto
14th
  Otaue Rice Planting Festival
 Osaka
Second Saturday
  Chagu Chagu Umako Horse Festival
 Iwate
mid-June
  Sanno Matsuri
 Tokyo
  July
1st~15th
  Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival
 Fukuoka
14th
  Nachi-no-Hi-Matsuri
 Wakayama
1st~31st
  Gion Matsuri
 Kyoto
22nd~24th
  Warei Taisai Festival & Uwajima Ushi-Oni Matsuri
 Ehime
Last Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  Soma-Nomaoi (Wild Horse Racing)
 Fukushima
24th & 25th
  Tenjin Matsuri Festival
 Osaka
Late July ~
Early August (June 17th according to the lunar calendar)
  Miyajima Kangensai Festival
 Hiroshima
Last Saturday (held in case of light rain but postponed if the weather is bad)
  Sumida River Fireworks Display
 Tokyo
  August
[Aomori Nebuta Matsuri] : 2nd~7th
[Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri] : 1st~7th
  Aomori Nebuta Matsuri and Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri
 Aomori
Mid-July ~ Early September
  Gujo Odori Dance Performance
 Gifu
3rd ~ 6th
  Akita Kanto Matsuri
 Akita
6th
  Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (The Memorial Ceremony for the Atomic Bomb Victims and the Peace Memorial Ceremony of Hiroshima City)
 Hiroshima
5th ~ 7th
  Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri
 Yamagata
6th~8th
  Sendai Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival)
 Miyagi
12th~15th
  Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima
 Tokushima
15th & 16th
  Yamaga Toro Matsuri (Yamaga Lantern Festival)
 Kumamoto
16th
  Daimonji Gozan Okuribi (Daimonji Bonfire)
 Kyoto
26th & 27th
  Dai-Chochin Matsuri (Giant Lantern Festival)
  Aichi
  September
1st~3rd
  Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival
  Toyama
14th~16th
  Reitaisai
 Kanagawa
  October
7th~9th
  Nagasaki Kunchi Festival
 Nagasaki
For three days in early October
  Marimo Matsuri
 Hokkaido
9th & 10th
  Takayama Matsuri Autumn Festival
 Gifu
11th~13th
  Ikegami Honmonji O-Eshiki
 Tokyo
14th~15th
  Nada no Kenka Matsuri (Nada Fighting Festival)
 Hyogo
16th~17th
  Nikko Toshogu Shrine Shuki Taisai Grand Autumn Festival
 Tochigi
22nd (postponed in case of rain)
  Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages)
 Kyoto
22nd (postponed in case of rain)
  Kurama no Hi-Matsuri (Kurama Fire Festival)
 Kyoto
  November
3rd
  Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
(Feudal Lord's Procession in Hakone)
 Kanagawa
2nd~4th
  Karatsu Kunchi Festival
 Saga
The days of the Tori or Rooster in November (the date changes each year, so please check the Japanese calendar)
  Tori-no-Ichi (Rake Fair)
 Tokyo
  December
2nd & 3rd
Chichibu Yomatsuri (Chichibu Night Festival)
 Saitama
14th
Gishi-sai
 Tokyo
17th~19th
  Hagoita-Ichi (Battledore Fair)
 Tokyo
15th~18th
  Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri
 Nara
31st
  Oga no Namahage (Oga Namahage Festival)
 Akita
31st
  Okera-Mairi Festival
 Kyoto

 Traditional Events

  February
3rd or 4th
Setsubun (Bean-Throwing Festival)
  March
3rd
Hina-Matsuri (Doll Festival)
  April
8th
Hana-Matsuri (Floral Festival)
  July
7th
Tanabata(Star Festival)
13th-15th
O-Bon (Lantern Festival)
  November
15th
Shichi-Go-San (Children's Shrine-Visiting Day)

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