“Dontaku” is derived from the Dutch word “ZONDAG,” which means Sunday or holiday.
Hakata Dontaku is a large festival, visited by over 2 million people, that is held annually on May 3rd and 4th. Events and parades are held at over 30 areas throughout the city, and many residents dress up and parade around with shamisen, taiko drums, and rice paddles.
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!
The entirety of Kanegasaki Ryokuchi Park, which faces Tsuruga Port, is illuminated during this event. In addition to brick warehouses and former port stations being lit up, the trees lining the roads are also illuminated. Other light attractions include bright corridors of lights and shining train cars!
This retro port town becomes enveloped in a fantastical atmosphere, making it a perfect location for romantic strolls.
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!
White Christmas in KaruizawaRead Later
White Christmas in Karuizawa began as a hand-made illumination started and made by several women. That group has since broadened, and now that illumination is the main event of Karuizawa’s Winter Festival!
Kanazawa Castle – Kenroku-En Story of Four Seasons, Autumn ~ Kanazawa Castle Kenroku-En Light UpRead Later
Kenroku-en, which is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, as well as the adjacent Kanazawa Castle Park and Gyokusen’inmaru Garden, are lit up at the peak of autumn leaves changing! Visitors can enjoy this fantastical night scenery, which is something that you can only see in the late autumn.
The core program, “Osaka Festival of Lights,” unites Osaka’s many areas into one through glittering lights. In 2017, the Osaka Festival of Lights will span all the way from the City Hall to Nakanoshima Park.
2017 Sendai Pageant of StarlightRead Later
2017 will mark the 32st anniversary of the Pageant of Starlight. Each year 600,000 lights, called Starlight Leaves, illuminate the trees that line downtown Sendai’s Jozenji-Dori.