Kansai Region × May
Osaka has now been chosen as the site of the 2025 international exposition for the first time in 55 years, so be sure to take this opportunity to check out the 1970 Osaka Expo! Don’t forget to also take in the park’s Japanese garden and beautiful seasonal flowers!
“Yabusame-shinji,” held at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine, takes place in early May every year. It is held as both a purification ritual and to ensure that Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival,” which is also held in May, can be carried out safely without problems.
Aoi Matsuri is an annual festival of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The official name of the festival is Kamo no Matsuri (Kamo Festival).Aoi Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, and it is known for having old-fashioned sense of refined grace. Out of modern-day Japanese festivals, Aoi Matsuri is one of the few festivals remaining that truly preserves old dynastic traditions.
Osaka, Koinobori Festa 1000Read Later
In the Koinobori Festa, around 1000 carp-shaped streamers are hung as wishes for children’s health and for protection of the Akuta River, a symbol of Takatsuki City.
One thing that brings to mind the upcoming "Golden Week" (from the end of April through the first week of May) is Niku-Fes, a major food entertainment event. While this popular event always takes place somewhere in Japan, it will be held simultaneously during this year's Golden Week in both Tokyo and Osaka.