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Festivals & Events

A collection of famous festivals and cultural events are held throughout the year all over Japan and include must-see attractions for visitors.

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Floral Festival

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All over Japan
Japan

Hana-Matsuri refers to the memorial service performed at temples throughout Japan to celebrate the birth of Buddha on April 8th. It is formally called Kanbutsue.

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Kamakura Festival

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Japan

During the Kamakura Matsuri, the entire town of Kamakura is bustling with parades of mikoshi (portable shrines) and musical bands.

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Takayama Festival

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Hie-Jinja Shrine
Shiroyama,Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Japan

Splendid parades and artisanship of the 15th Century are revived today. Considered one the most beautiful festivals of Japan.

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Takayama Festival

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Hie-Jinja Shrine
Shiroyama,Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Japan

Splendid parades and artisanship of the 15th Century are revived today. Considered one the most beautiful festivals of Japan.

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Kamakura Festival

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Japan

During the Kamakura Matsuri, the entire town of Kamakura is bustling with parades of mikoshi (portable shrines) and musical bands.

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Yayoi Festival

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Futarasan Jinja Shrine
Sannai, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
Japan

This festival signals the arrival of spring at Nikko, which has temples and shrines registered as World Heritage sites. A parade of beautiful floats respecting ancient traditions at a shrine registered as a World Heritage Site.

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Yayoi Festival

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Futarasan Jinja Shrine
Sannai, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
Japan

This festival signals the arrival of spring at Nikko, which has temples and shrines registered as World Heritage sites. A parade of beautiful floats respecting ancient traditions at a shrine registered as a World Heritage Site.

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Hakata Dontaku Festival

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In Fukuoka City
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City,
Japan

People dressed up in unique costumes parade through the streets while clapping shamoji spoons and dance on stages and in squares in various quarters of the town.

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Kite-Fighting Festival & The Float Parades

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Nakatajima
Nakatajima Dunes, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Japan

Hamamatsu Festival - More than 100 kites are flown in the sky over the Nakatajima Dunes, one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan, which overlooks the Enshunada Sea.

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Hakata Dontaku Festival

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In Fukuoka City
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City,
Japan

People dressed up in unique costumes parade through the streets while clapping shamoji spoons and dance on stages and in squares in various quarters of the town.

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Kite-Fighting Festival & The Float Parades

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Nakatajima
Nakatajima Dunes, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Japan

Hamamatsu Festival - More than 100 kites are flown in the sky over the Nakatajima Dunes, one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan, which overlooks the Enshunada Sea.

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