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Hakata Dontaku Festival Image 1

Hakata Dontaku Festival

Japan’s largest Golden Week festival is held in Fukuoka  at the beginning of every May, with 30,000 participants and over two million spectators. With a few significant breaks, the celebration has been going on for over 800 years, starting in the Heian period (794-1185).

May
2 Days
Fukuoka Pref.
Hirosaki Sakura Festival Image 1

Hirosaki Sakura Festival

The Hirosaki Sakura Festival, which takes place in Hirosaki Castle Park, is one of Japan’s largest cherry blossom festival with approximately 2 million visitors.

April
10 Days
Aomori Pref.

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro Festival

Hanatoro (花灯路, Hanatōro), which means “flower and light road”, is a set of illumination events that take place in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto in March and the Arashiyama district of Kyoto in December. During Hanatoro the streets are illuminated by thousands of lanterns set throughout popular areas combined with flower and light displays.

March
10 Days
Kyoto
Ushibuka Haiya Festival Image

Ushibuka Haiya Odori

The ships sailed from Ushibuka through the Inland Sea to Osaka via Nagasaki. Then some ships (Kitamae-bune) left Osaka back through the Inland Sea and into the Sea of Japan for Hokkaido via Nigata and other ports. Here they took on local dance and songs incorporating them into the original Haiya melody.

Like this, songs originated in “Ushibuka Haiya-Bushi” have been passed down from generation to generation in various areas from Kagoshima in the south to Hokkaido in the north. Sado Okesa and Awa Odori are representative of them.

April
3 Days
Kumamoto Pref.

Yanagawa Doll’s Festival Hina-matsuri

Sagemon Girls are girls who best represent the city. This is in association with the Hina-matsuri event where you can see “sagemon” or beautiful handmade balls being hung next to hina dolls. It is said that these balls are sewn by family members every time a baby girl is born. On the girl’s first Hina-matsuri, these crafts are given the chance to be displayed.

A sagemon girl should have an adorable face to perfectly match the event. Their hairstyles are adorned with sagemon balls so they look cute. Their job is to guide tourists through the city’s great destinations. They are also tasked with introducing some of the best dishes in town

April, February, March
1 Month
Fukuoka Pref.

Saitama Fire Festival

A fantastic festival at Saitama Prefecture which is in the “Saitama ancient tomb park” of Gyoda Saitama. It is also known the origin of the name of Saitama Prefecture (Saitama).

 

May
1 Day
Saitama
March
Kumamoto Pref.

Koshi Fire Festival

Koshi Fire Festival is a festival where you can enjoy the traditional “Sai no kami”( The Local Gods who protect the city), which prays for disease freeness and five-grain richness by assembling straw in a conical shape and burning them.

March
Niigata