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Japan Top 10 Festivals and Events

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Triplelights official blog B.

Last updated : Jan 05, 20244 min read

Events & Festivals

1. Shibazakura Festival (Fuji Five Lakes)

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The Fuji Shibazakura Festival held annually from April to June is an event only in the spring where you can walk among the scenery of 800,000 blossoms of shibazakura. The towering sight of Mt. Fuji beyond this carpet of flowers is impressive.

Business hours
- Everyday (8:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Between April and May
Check the official page.
Phone
0555-89-3031
Price
- Adult: 600 JPY
- Child: 250 JPY
Website
www.shibazakura.jp

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2. Gion Festival

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The Gion Festival which has a grand history lasts for one month. Lavishly ornamented gigantic 12t yamaboko festival floats are paraded through the streets of Kyoto, and the festival is performed to pray for the prevention of disasters.

Phone
075-561-6155

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3. Iwate Snow Festival

An annual snow festival that takes place every February at Koiwai Farms Makiba Park. Plenty of things to enjoy such as snow sculptures, a huge snow slide and grilled food inside snow huts!

Phone
019-692-4321
Website
www.japan-iwate.info

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4. Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

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The fireworks are launched from 2 sites along the Sumida River. Approximately 20,000 fireworks are involved, in which the most cutting-edge fireworks and competition prize-winning explosions are included.

Phone
03-5608-1111
Website
sumidagawa-hanabi.com

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5. Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival

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A splendid firework festival well worth seeing for the largest 5-shakudama shells flying over the metropolis. Taking place at the prime location of Tokyo Bay, about 12,000 explosions light up the night sky.

Phone
03-3248-1561
Price
However, an admission ticket or a sponsored letter of invitation is necessary to enter the venues.
In either case, application at the homepage is possible.
Please be aware that the sales deadline is often 1 month ahead of the festival.

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6. Sanja Matsuri (Sanja Festival)

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Asakusa’s Sanja Festival, boasting 700 years of history. Mikoshi (portable shrines) and floats are pulled through the streets while loud shouts accompany them, and during the festival’s 3 days, 1.5 million people come out to celebrate.

Phone
03-3844-1575
Website
www.asakusajinja.jp

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7. Sendai Tanabata Festival

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A popular summer festival with splendid and elegant Tanabata streamers that appear as if they are falling from the sky. Visitors are invited into a world of dreams decorated by episodes from the romantic tale of The Tanabata Story.

Phone
022-265-8185
Price
Sendai Tanabata Festival bus tour
2500 yen (Contact: JTB Tohoku Corporate Sales Sendai Branch Tel. 022-263-6712)

Zuiho-den Tanabata Night
550 yen

Website
www.sendaitanabata.com

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8. Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

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Performers grandly dance through the city’s major streets while holding hanagasa which are patterned after the prefecture's flower, the safflower. The elegance and dynamism make it a leading summer festival in the Tohoku region.

Phone
023-642-8753
Price
There is no paid observation seating

Website
www.hanagasa.jp

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9. Tenjin Matsuri

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While preserving a 1000-year-old Shinto ritual, it is a festival that continues to evolve as it includes new events such as gyaru mikoshi (portable shrines carried by young women). The spirit of the Tenjin Matsuri, a symbol of Naniwa prosperity, continues to be passed down today.

Phone
06-6353-0025
Website
www.jnto.go.jp

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10. The Kanda Festival

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Peerless in both The Three Great Festivals of Japan and The Three Great Festivals of Edo, the Kanda Festival boasts a 1300-year history. The festival which is the pride of any Edokko (true Tokyoite) not only includes the highlight of mikoshi (portable shrines) but also a parade.

Phone
03-3254-0753 

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Gifu Tour Guide - Akiko W.

Akiko W.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)
Japan

Hello! My name is Akiko from Gifu prefecture. I am a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I like going out with my family, talking with my friends over coffee at a cozy cafe, reading books, baking bread and cake when I have time. I passed the national tour guide test in 2017 and have worked as a guide since then. I have guided in Gifu city, Seki city, Takayama city, Shirakawago , Mino city and Nagoya city. I have lived in Gifu for more than forty years. Gifu prefecture is rich in nature so you can enjoy the rural atmosphere. Gifu city has a beautiful river 'Nagara river' and Mt.Kinka which has Gifu castle on the top. You can go up the mountain on foot or use a ropeway. The view from Gifu castle is so fantastic. At the foot of the mountain , there are many places to visit such as parks, a temple having a big image of Buddha, and a street preserving the historic atmosphere. At Nagara River, you can enjoy seeing a traditional way of fishing ‘cormorant fishing’ which is thought to have started 1300 years ago. Many cafes have unique service called 'morning service' in Gifu along with Aichi In the morning (until about ten thirty or eleven) when you order a cup of tea or coffee, they serve toast and salad ! Near Gifu park , you can find a nice Japanese style cafe where you enjoy good coffee and seeing a Japanese style garden. Seki city is a small city but so famous for its cutlery. At Japanese sword museum in Seki, you can see authentic Japanese swords! Mino city next to Seki city is well known for its hand made Japanese paper 'Hon minoshi' designated as intangible cultural asset by UNESCO . Until recently it was not easy to guide guests because of COVID-19 pandemic; however the situation is getting better. Some strict rules about COVID-19 have been lifted. Please visit Gifu. I am looking forward to seeing you. Please feel free to ask me when you need information about Gifu. Thank you for reading my introduction.                                                                                                                                 

Nagasaki Tour Guide - Shonosuke S.

Shonosuke S.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)
Japan

Hi! I'm Sho! I live in the center of Nagasaki city and work as a YouTuber, podcaster, and tour guide specializing in sharing the charms of Nagasaki. Actually, I was born and raised in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and worked for about 5 years in Tokyo. However, I fell in love with the culture and history of Nagasaki and moved here in 2020. Nagasaki has a rich history of international exchange and friendship, established about 450 years ago as an international trading port in Japan. Since then, many people from all over the world with diverse cultures and values have visited this city. I love these stories and histories of Nagasaki. Nagasaki is often associated with the sad history of the atomic bomb, which is, of course, an important part of this city's history, but Nagasaki has much more than that. I'm looking forward to introducing you to the many charms of Nagasaki!                                                                                                                                 

Fukuoka Tour Guide - Kazue I.

Kazue I.

5.00 / 5
(17 reviews)
Japan

Hi! I am Kazue. I am from Fukuoka and live in the central city. I spent almost 20 years traveling around the world as a cabin attendant. Meeting different people, different cultures and eating local food were best things in my career. This experience definitely widened my perspective and will help me in some way when I work as a guide. Since I spent half my life outside of Japan, I noticed our culture and traditions are very unique and became more interested in historical sites in Japan. For my personal life, I am a mom of twins. It is still a hard work but I am enjoying a lot with them. We take them around Kyushu whenever possible for their fun and experience. We all love traveling after all. I am looking forward to showing you around our hometown soon!                                                                                                                                  

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