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Event Category: Festivals in Japan

Japan is a vast and exotic country with a rich culture so it is not too surprising that the festivals in Japan are somewhat eclectic.

Japan Cherry Blossom Festival

Perhaps the most famous is the Cherry Blossom Season or sakura. Each year thousands of locals and travellers gather to admire the stunning cherry trees. Generally the sakura reaches the cities of Kyoto and Tokyo towards the end of March or beginning of April. This period is called mankai or the peak season when most cherry trees are in bloom across the country; it’s a great time to visit Japan.

Winter Festivals in Japan

Winter is a great time to travel to Japan. Botanical garden Nabana no Sato each year hosts one of the country’s best and biggest winter light festivals. This is the Japan festival of lights. Alternatively, Hadaka Matsuri, known as the ‘Okayama Naked Man Festival’, is one of Japan’s more extreme local festivals. Loin cloth-clad men run through icy water on the coldest day of the year, before wrestling inside the temple grounds hoping to claim the lucky sticks. Read our round up of Japan Winter Festivals.

Tokyo International Film Festival

Held in October over nine days this film festival will screen more than 200 titles from all over the world, spanning all kinds of genres, from action, drama, romance and comedy to horror, fantasy, musicals and science fiction.

Setouchi Triennale

Every three years the Setouchi Triennale, one of Japan’s biggest festivals of modern art, takes place in the south-west of the country. This exceptional celebration of creativity, inspiration and beauty transforms the Japanese region into a mecca of art. The next triennale is in 2022.

Japan Penis Festival

Meaning Festival of the Steel Phallus, Kanamara Matsuri is arguably the country’s most amusing event when tens of thousands of revellers roam the streets of Kawasaki city in April to pay tribute to fertility in an age-old ritual, amidst thousands of phalluses of all sizes, shapes and colours.

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July 2019

Sapporo Summer Festival 2019

July 19, 2019 - August 17, 2019
Sapporo Saporro,Japan + Google Map
Sapporo Summer Festival Japan

Lasting a whole month from mid-July to mid-August, the Sapporo Summer Festival 2019 is packed with a variety of cultural, musical, gastronomical and fireworks events attracting...

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September 2019

Setouchi Triennale 2019, Japan

September 28, 2019 - November 4, 2019
Setouchi islands Japan
Setouchi Triennale Japan

Every three years the Setouchi Triennale, one of Japan’s biggest festivals of modern art, takes place in the south-west of the country. Come spring this exceptional celebration...

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February 2020

Valentine’s Day 2020 Around the World

February 14
Various
Valentine's Day

It’s that time of the year again that love birds look forward to, many singles dread, and some brave souls try to ignore. The least that could be said about…

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Naked Man Festival, Okayama (Hadaka Matsuri)

February 15
Saidaiji Kannon-in Temple Okayama,Chūgoku RegionJapan + Google Map
Free
Naked Man Festival

The Saidaiji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri in Okayama, colloquially known as the naked man festival, is the largest of a series of similar festivals held around Japan. Thousands of naked men...

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March 2020

Cherry Blossom Season Japan 2020

March 16 - April 20
All over Japan
Cherry Blossom Japan

The Cherry Blossom Season Japan or sakura is one of the country's top highlights every year when locals and visitors gather to admire the stunning, blooming cherry trees in parks…

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