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Events/Festivals in April , 2018Page: 1/2

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.

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.

Osaka, Koinobori Festa 1000
Dates:
23/4/2018  -  5/5/2018

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.
A huge number of colorful carp streamers “swim” in the sky as they hang from ropes strung across the Akuta River.
The streamers used in this festival are donated by local residents or handmade by the children at local kindergartens.

Gifu Prefecture – Spring Takayama Festival (Sannou Festival)
Dates:
14/4/2018  -  15/4/2018

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.

Chiba Prefecture, Narita Taiko Festival
Dates:
14/4/2018  -  15/4/2018

The Narita Taiko Festival is a grand taiko performance, made up of around 1500 talented performers from 50 groups that gather from across Japan. The festival is held in the area around Chiba Prefecture’s Omotesando Road and in front of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple.