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

     
Jul 1 – Aug 31 all-day Ofune Kannon Temple
Over 2,500 wind chimes, one of the features of Japanese summer are hung throughout the temple grounds. Their gentle sound with a summer breeze make you forget summer heat. It allows visitors to enjoy a pleasantly cool atmosphere.  You can purchase the wind chimes around the country. Date : July 1 to August 31 every…
Jul 1 – Sep 23 all-day Arashiyama
Ukai is a traditional fishing method in which trained cormorants (large diving birds) are used to catch fish such as sweet fish (Ayu). This type of fishing has history over 1300 years across Japan. Visitors can watch the event either from the river banks or get a seat on a boat. Hours : JUL, AUG…
Aug 23 – Aug 24 all-day Adashino-Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Thousands of candles colors the summer night sky over numerous stone images “Sento-Kuyo” candle festival is held on at Adashino-Nenbutsu-ji Temple in Arashiyama Thousands of candles are lit up for the departed buried in Sai-no-kawara, the river styx that is said to be between the pure land and this world. illuminated numerous stone images creating…
Aug 24 – Aug 26 all-day Heijo Palace
The Tenpyo Tanabata Festival is an illumination event combining modern technology and ancient tradition at the World Heritage Heijo Palace Site. It creates a magical scene. Tanabata, a star festival celebrates the story of the lovers who are reunited once a year on July 7. It was originally held around August according to the old…
Aug 25 @ 20:00 – 21:00 Kamitsu Ohashi
A festival that can be seen from Itami Airport. You can see exhibition fireworks and also the golden willow fireworks. A number of fireworks : 3,500 The largest diameter of fireworks : 130-m (Size-4) Date : 25 AUG Hours : 20:00 to 21:00 Fee : Free Access: Itami station on JR (10mins walk), Itami station…
Aug 31 – Sep 2 all-day kobe harbor land
Yosakoi is a festival of team dance performance, it is a large-scale festival of 140 team 4,000! Link : http://www.kobeyosakoi.com/ Fee : FreeShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new…
Sep 3 @ 18:00 – 20:00 Hikarisanpoko Shrine
  This is a candle festival,dedicating the fire of 20000 candles and lanterns, “good health”, “family safety” at Hikari-Sanpoko Shrine「光三宝荒神社」. Lit up : 18:00 to 20:00 Fee : Free Access: 10 minute walk from JR Kii-Yamada station on the JR wakayama line.Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+…
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day Kishiwada-city
The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada city in the south of Osaka/ 岸和田だんじり祭り The festival is the biggest and most famous “danjiri matsuri” in Japan. A danjiri is a traditional Japanese wooden float that has elaborate carvings and is decorated with various ornaments. Some of the floats are so large that they are pulled by…
Sep 15 @ 02:00 – 20:00 iwashimizu hachiman-gu
This is one of the three religious festivals held by the Imperial ordinance in Japan. Situated on a quiet hillside, the Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine hosts ancient rituals according to the old protocol. In the early morning before dawn, 500 people holding paper lanterns and dressed in special attire will leave the main shrine hall and…
Sep 23 @ 10:30 – 16:00 Takasegawa
The Takasegawa is an old canal running through the city, almost parallel to the Kamogawa river. there are lots of little shows going on in the street. “Rakugo” Japanese funny stories,  Samurai  show..etc.  Another attraction is the tea ceremony performed by Maiko and Geisha. Access : 8 minute walk from Keihan Sanjyo station or 3…
Sep 24 @ 13:00 – 15:00 Yasui Konpiragu Shrine
Kushi Matsuri or comb festival at Yasui Konpiragu Shrine, features a colorful parade of about 45 women having their hair done in various coiffures representing each era from ancient times to the present day, and in clothes reflecting those eras. After the ceremony which starts from 1 p.m., they parade from the shrine proceeding in the…