Your source of good luck when exploring Japan!

Events/FestivalsPage: 1/18

Toyama Prefecture – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Yuki no Otani Walk
Dates:
15/4/2018  -  22/6/2018

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a 40-kilometer sightseeing route on the border between Toyama Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture. The course passes through six mountains up to 3000 meters tall.
The highest point of the Alpine Route is “Murodo,” at 2450 meters, and it is an area that receives some of the heaviest snowfall in the entire world. The snow drifts accumulate particularly heavily in the area “Otani,” located a five-minute walk from Murodo Terminal.
An enormous wall of snow, called “Yuki no Otani,” covers this part of the Alpine Route, and it takes a month to clear the path from the snow that closes it down in the winter. From mid-April through mid-June, just after the Alpine Route has reopened after the winter, an approximately 500-meter section is opened, and visitors can walk “Yuki no Otani.”
Large numbers of tourists from around the world every year come to see this unique, one-of-a-kind enormous wall of snow.

Tochigi, Ashikaga Flower Park -The Wisteria Festival 2017-
Dates:
14/4/2018  -  20/5/2018

Ranked as One of “10 Famous Travel Destinations Around the World”!
Ashikaga Flower Park is a flower theme park located in Tochigi Prefecture’s Ashikaga City, around 80 kilometers from Tokyo.
Flowers are available for viewing year-round in the park’s 92,000 square-meter area.
One of the park’s particularly big draws is its wisteria flowers. The park holds over 350 wisteria trees, and it is Japan’s largest collection of wisterias.
Ashikaga Flower Park was also selected by CNN’s travel staff as one of “10 Famous Travel Destinations Around the World” in 2014.
Wisterias bloom from around mid-April to mid-May. Their blooming order, from earliest to latest by blososm color, are pink, purple, white, and yellow.
The park’s hours are extended during the peak blooming periods, and the trees are lit up at night as well.
During this same time period, over 5000 azaleas and rhododendrons will also be at their peak beauty.

Miyagi Prefecture – Sendai Aoba Festival
Dates:
19/5/2018  -  20/5/2018

The Sendai Aoba Festival is one of Sendai’s three major festivals. It was first held in 1655, making it a festival with a long-standing history behind it.
It is an annually held festival of Aoba Shrine, which enshrines Date Masamune.
The festival is held over the course of two days every year. The first day hosts the “Evening Festival,” while the second day is the “Main Festival.”

A Kyoto Spring Tradition, “Aoi Matsuri” (“Hollyhock Festival”)
Dates:
15/5/2018  -  15/5/2018

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.

Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
Dates:
21/4/2018  -  6/5/2018

Even as the cherry blossoms fade in places like Tokyo and Kyoto, there’s still time left!
Aomori Prefecture is located on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Japan’s main island. There, cherry blossoms bloom a few weeks later than places like Tokyo.
Hirosaki Park is one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing locations. It is one of the so-called top three cherry blossom locations in Japan, along with Nara Prefecture’s Yoshino Mountain and Nara Prefecture’s Takatojoshi Park. Visitors can enjoy over 2600 cherry trees in bloom of over 50 different varieties.
There are over 300 Yoshino cherry trees in Hirosaki Park that are over 100 years old, and each of them continues to produce spectacular blossoms.
As 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the park’s cherry blossom festival, the celebration period has been extended longer than usual, and a large number of stalls and vendors will open as well!

Come check out Gunma Prefecture’s Carp Streamer Village Festival!
Dates:
25/3/2018  -  6/5/2018

Although May 5th is now called Children’s Day in Japan, it was traditionally a festival for boys. So in keeping with tradition, families with boys still fly large carp-shaped streamers, called koinobori, from their houses to pray for the health and happiness of their children. Tatebayashi City starts flying their impressive collection of over 5,000 streamers at the end of March, so that residents and visitors can enjoy the view of the streamers alongside the cherry blossoms.

Nabana no Sato Illumination
Dates:
14/10/2017  -  6/5/2018

Nabana no Sato was built with the idea of “a small dreamlike village along the Nagara River” in mind. The park, with a pond in its center, is lit up at night, and the area boasts one of the largest scale illuminations in Japan.

Hiroshima Flower Festival
Dates:
3/5/2018  -  5/5/2018

Visited by Around 1.5 Million People! A Festival Representative of Hiroshima
This festival celebrating peace, flowers, and music is held every year during Golden Week in May.
The festival’s main attractions include the Flower Festival Parade, YOSAKOI dance parade, and stages where song and dance performances are held.
The Flower Festival Parade is held on the first day of the festival. Around 9000 people from 89 different organizations parade down 1.2 kilometers of Peace Boulevard.
85 locations around Peace Boulevard’s grassplots and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are established as event areas. There, stalls selling gourmet foods and specialty goods around the world, as well as flea markets, are set up for guests to enjoy.
Approximately 100 teams participate in the YOSAKOI dance parade on the last day and parade down the main street.