Check out event schedules, hidden events, local and traditional festivals in the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Shiga, Wakayama).

     
Nov 12 – Dec 31 all-day Midosuji street
Osaka Festival of Lights 2017 – Midosuji Illumination 2017 Osaka’s symbolic street “Midosuji” is illuminated in colorful lights which covers a total length of about 4 km from Yodoyabashi to Namba. This is a part of the Festival of the lights in Osaka and various programs will be held during the festival. Illuminated boat cruises,…
Nov 17 2017 – Mar 4 2018 all-day Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is illuminated with 1.2million lights featuring themes of the sea and sea creatures. You can see wonderful illumination at the open space in front of Osaka aquarium Kaiyukan. Hours : 17:00 to 22:00 during the period : Closed JAN 17th, 18th and FEB 7th, 8th Access : 10-minute walk from Osakako station…
Dec 2 – Dec 26 all-day Meriken Park
The 30-meter high Christmas tree is now placed at the port of Kobe as a symbol of the 150th anniversary of its port opening to trade with foreign nations This 24-ton, 150 years old, thujopsis tree,placed at the port’s Meriken Park, which is taller than the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York. During the…
Dec 8 – Dec 17 all-day Higashiyuenchi Park
More than 3-million people visit to The Kobe Luminarie illumination every year. It has started in 1995 in the wake of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The vibrant light displays were designed by Japanese and Italian artists and meant as a memorial to the victims and to inspire hope in recovery. Access : A short walk…
Dec 8 – Dec 17 all-day Arashiyama
The historical cultural assets, nature, waterfront, bamboo forest in Saga ”嵯峨”, Arashiyama ”嵐山” district of the city sparkles with holiday illumination. The walkway is total approximately 5 km with open air lanterns and the route map is handed over at JR Saga-Arashiyama staition for free. Illuminating Togetsukyo Bridge, foothills and waterfront, a magnificently beautiful natural…
Dec 9 – Dec 18 all-day Jojakko-ji Temple
This mountainside Temple in Arashiyama is famous for its autumn leaves. Red maple trees and moss gardens along the paths in the temple grounds are nicely lit up.  Visitors can also enjoy spectacular views of the city of Kyoto.  Lit-up : 17:00 to 20:00 Admission : 500 yen Location : Jojakko-ji TempleShare this:Click to share…
Dec 14 – Dec 25 all-day Nakanoshima Park
Osaka Festival of Lights 2017 – The Osaka Hikari Renaissance The Osaka Hikari Renaissance illumination event is stretching from Osaka City Hall to the eastern tip of Nakanoshima Park. Several of the historic buildings in the park are lit up with creative displays. The light tunnels, art installations and food booths around create a festive…
Dec 15 – Dec 17 all-day Expo Park
This is a high-technology 3D mapping projections onto the symbolic tower called “Tower of the Sun” under the theme “Internal Rebirth of the Sun Tower” and a story to go with it. “Illumi-street” made with colorful LED lights delight the winter expo park. Hours : 16:00 to 21:00 Location : The Expo’70 Commemorative ParkShare this:Click to…
Dec 16 – Dec 25 all-day Nagai Botanical Garden
Nagai Botanical Garden Illumination Forest of lights There will be a very rare “Ice turip” that blooms in winter, the translunary illumination such as trees and flowers lit up, and white shining big heart shaped flower bed in the garden, as well as classic consert and food space. Hours : 17:50 to 22:00 (Entry till…
Dec 22 – Dec 25 all-day Expo Park
This is a high-technology 3D mapping projections onto the symbolic tower called “Tower of the Sun” under the theme “Internal Rebirth of the Sun Tower” and a story to go with it. “Illumi-street” made with colorful LED lights delight the winter expo park. Hours : 16:00 to 21:00 Location : The Expo’70 Commemorative ParkShare this:Click…
Dec 31 @ 20:00 – 23:30 Chion-in Temple
At Chion-in Temple, 17 monks work together to ring a massive, three-meter tall, about 70 tons great temple bell at 108 times on December 31st. This traditional ceremony has existed in Japan since ancient times. Visitors come to have a look at the powerful bell ringers and be purified for the new year. Entry : 20:00…
Jan 1 @ 05:00 – 22:30 Umeda SKY building
The First sun rise of 2018 from Umeda Sky building. The 173 meter tall building consists of two towers that are connected with each other by the “Floating Garden Observatory” on the 39th floor. The observatory  provides an unobstructed 360-degree view. While enjoying the breathtaking sights you can also directly feel the wind on its…
Jan 9 – Jan 11 all-day Nishinomiya Shrine
Nishinomiya-jinja Shrine is the home of the god of commerce. The Toka Ebisu Festival, which takes place on the 9th, 10th, 11th of January each year, is always a lively event with many visitors and merchants to get sacred bamboo branches decorated with lucky items in hopes for the success of their businesses. Access :…
Jan 9 – Jan 11 all-day Imamiya-ebisu Shrine
Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine is known for “Ebessan” , the god of commerce.  The To-ka Ebisu Festival held on the 9th, 10th and 11th of January each year. It gathers more than a million “merchants” from business owners to company employees wishing for prosperous business. Visitors can just enjoy food stalls around the shrine. Access :…
Jan 27 @ 18:00 – 19:30 Wakakusayama
Mt. Wakakusayama is rising 342 meters above sea level,Just behind Nara Park. Burning up the entire hill, this New year event is held every year of the fourth Saturday of January.  A torch is lit with sacred fire is carried down to a small shrine at the foot of the hill by a parade of…
Feb 1 @ 10:00 – 10:15 Tsutenkaku
Setsubun (Bean-throwing festival) is held on at Osaka Tsutenkaku-tower. The most commonly performed setsubun ritual is the throwing of roasted beans around one’s house and at temples and shrines across the country. When throwing the beans, you are supposed to shout “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” (“Devils out, happiness in”). At Tsutenkaku, 5000 packets,…
Feb 2 – Feb 4 all-day Yoshida-jinja Shrine
This festival is held on the day of setsubun (2, 3 or 4 February), which marks the last day of winter in the Japanese lunar calendar. Events are held at shrines around the country.   Yoshida-jinja Shrine, on the west slope of Yoshida-yama is one of the famous place for Setsubun festival. People gather to throw…
Feb 16 – Feb 18 all-day Nankin-machi
Chinese new year festival is to celebrate the start of spring.  A parade featuring Chinese historical figures, in which people dress up in clothes and makeup from Beijing Opera, is one of the highlights of the festival. Other Chinese traditional performances are on all day and the chefs show off their skill creating special seasonal…
May 15 – Jun 30 all-day Ofusa Kannon Temple
In spring and autumn when the temple’s roses are in full bloom, Visitors can enjoy about 2,300 varieties of roses and smell their fragrances while strolling through the temple grounds. Date : May 15 to June 30 and October 19 to November 30 every year Open: 7:00 to 17:00 Admission : Free Location : Ofusa…