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May 24, 2018

22 of Japan’s Most Famous Matsuri: A Travel Calendar

From this summer through next spring, here’s your ultimate Japan festival guide.

Sanja Matsuri
May 12, 2017

Festivals of Japan: Sanja Matsuri

See one of Tokyo’s biggest, best and wildest festivals close up at the Sanja Matsuri.

January 13, 2017

A Guide to the Sapporo Snow Festival 2017

Headed to Japan’s most popular winter festival this year? Or thinking to book a last-minute trip? Here’s a guide for what you need to know before you go.

Young men participating in Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka.
July 12, 2016

Osaka Tenjin Matsuri

The Tenjin Matsuri, which literally means “festival of the gods,” first started in the 10th century and is held every year in Osaka on July 24th and July 25th.

February 25, 2016

Get Dolled Up at Toride’s 12th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival

Toride City will be hosting its annual Hina Matsuri Festival with over 90 hina dolls on display.

February 9, 2016

Festivals of Japan: Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Otaru is a port city steeped in a rich history located near Niseko on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

January 20, 2016

Festivals of Japan: Wakakusa Yamayaki Festival in Nara

Originating in the 18th century, the burning of Mount Wakakusa is one of Japan’s most spectacular winter festivals.

January 12, 2016

Festivals of Japan: Santera Mairi Festival

The town is also famous for its spectacular festivals with one of the best and most famous being the Santera Mairi Festival.

January 7, 2016

Festivals of Japan: Nozawa Fire Festival

The event climaxes in a massive bonfire as the wooden shrine succumbs to the flames of the attackers and is offered to the gods.

January 6, 2016

Festivals of Japan: Dezome-shiki (New Year’s Parade of Firemen) in Tokyo

The highlight and main attraction of the event is the amazing ladder stunts, which have a long history behind them.

December 27, 2015

Festivals of Japan: Oga no Namahage Festival

The Oga no Namahage Festival features namahage, a strange deity resembling a demon, which is known as oni in Japanese.

December 11, 2015

Festivals of Japan: Gishi-sai Festival in Tokyo

The legend of the 47 ronin is the ultimate story of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence and honour.

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