Calendar

Events and Festivals in Japan

  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