Oto Matsuri is a nighttime fire festival held annually on February 6th at World Heritage Site Kamikura Shrine. The Men’s Fire Festival Was Amazing!
Akita Prefecture’s Event with a History of Over 100 Years! Kamihinokinai’s Paper Balloon FestivalRead Later
This is a winter event representative of Akita Prefecture. Large candlelit paper balloons, painted with warrior pictures and Ukiyo-e styled women, flutter in the winter night sky like shining stars. A total of around 100 paper balloons are released into the night sky.
In the winter, Lake Towada is covered in snow and ice, shrouding it in a mysterious atmosphere. During the “Lake Towada Winter Story” event, snow sculptures and snow huts decorate the area!
A total of 48 groups of performers, including “The Flying Dutchman,” “China Acrobatic Art Troupe,” and Tokyo-accredited “Heaven Artists,” will ring in the new year at Saitama Shintoshin with their carefully-polished performances.
You can reach Yamadera Station from Tokyo Station by taking the Yamagata Shinkansen for 2 hours and 30 minutes, then changing to the Senzan line at Yamagata Station and riding for about 20 minutes.
Experience Japan’s Most Important Cultural Tradition “Hatsumode” (First Shrine Visit of the New Year)! Kawasaki Daishi New Year’s Pilgrimage.Read Later
For 2017’s hatsumode (the first shrine visit of the new year), I visited Kawasaki Daishi, another name for the temple Heiken-ji. Kawasaki Daishi is the most popular place for hatsumode visits in Kanagawa Prefecture, an area near Tokyo.
During the winter, Japan is covered in silvery snow as far as the eye can see, creating vast and spectacular landscapes. Depending on the region of Japan you’re visiting, you can enjoy snow-related activities for as long as late November through early May.
There are three sites to enjoy the Sapporo Snow Festival: Odori site, Tsudome site, and Susukino site.The concepts for the festival are different at each site, making for triple the fun! Admission is free!