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Gifu Prefecture – Spring Takayama Festival (Sannou Festival)

Hidetakayama is a place which still retains the essence of old Japan, and it is also a popular tourist location. A major event in the area is the Takayama Festival.
Takayama Festival is the general term for the “Sannou Festival,” held in spring, and the “Hachiman Festival” held in autumn. The spring Takayama Festival (Sannou Festival) has been held annually at Hie Shrine since long ago. The Sannou Festival is a traditional festival, beloved by the people, that is held to announce the arrival of spring.

Winter Trip to Hakodate [Day 2] ~Goryokaku, Hakodate City Tropical Botanical Garden, Trappistine Monastery, and Night Views and Snowy Landscapes~

I visited Hakodate for 3 days and 2 nights over the winter. There was no end to things I wanted to do, but I was more than satisfied with being able to take the photo I wanted of Hakodate in the winter being both “sunny” and “snowy.”
This article will introduce my 2nd day in Hakodate!
I’ll be introducing Goryokaku, Hakodate City Tropical Botanical Garden, Trappistine Monastery, and some night views and snowy landscapes.

Akita Prefecture – New Fireworks Collection 2018

Daisen City of Akita Prefecture is famous for the “Zenkoku Hanabi Kyogi Taikai (National Fireworks Competition),” otherwise known as “Omagari no Hanabi.” The national competition, held in the summer, is one of Japan’s three major fireworks competitions. The fireworks season is greatly anticipated in Daisen City, a city of fireworks, so every year the city puts on a show of new fireworks! This year, the show is “New Fireworks Collection 2018.”
Young firework specialists from across the country painstakingly craft extremely creative small fireworks, present them, and compete.

Geibikei Boat Ride – Kotatsu Boat Service

This service allows passengers to enjoy drifting through the view of Geibikei, designated in 1925 as a scenic spot of natural beauty, from inside of a boat. Called the “Kotatsu Boat,” starting on December 1st this trip takes guests through the valley’s winter beauty, past about 2 kilometers of towering rock cliffs that can reach 100 meters high while the passengers stay warm under the boat’s kotatsu.

Akita Prefecture’s Event with a History of Over 100 Years! Kamihinokinai’s Paper Balloon Festival

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.
The Paper Balloon Festival is a traditional event that has been held for over 100 years.
The origin of the event is said to have its roots in the Edo Period scientist, Hiraga Gennai (17280-1780), who supposedly taught the populace the principles behind hot air balloons.

Enjoy “Ramen-fest 2017,” a Winter Event at Ohi Racecourse!

Do you believe that “racecourses are for gambling”? There’s actually a racecourse that’s practically a sightseeing location of its own, where you can enjoy fun events, gorgeous illuminations, and even amazing gourmet foods! That place is here, “Ohi Racecourse” in Tokyo’s Shinagawa.