Aoi festival

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

     
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…
Jan 23 – Mar 18 all-day Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine grounds offer you to 50 kinds of 2000 plum tree blossoms. You can enjoy walking through the plum grove paths inside the plum garden and have some tea on the stools while admiring the blossoms. They look beautiful when they are in full bloom and the Plum’s sweet smell comes from the colorful…
Feb 8 – Mar 11 all-day Nara park
“Shika-yose” is the way to gather the deer. Deer will be followed the sound of the horn, and many deer will come out from the forest. A peaceful scenery that can only be seen in Nara. Location : Shikayose is on at Tobihino in Nara park, west side of Kasuga-taisha Shrine. Hours : 10:00 to…
Feb 9 – Mar 13 all-day Domyoji Tenmangu Shrine
Viewing Ume (Japanese plum tree’s blossoms) is also popular attraction as well as Cherry blossoms.  A festival featuring 800 red and white plum trees in 80 varieties. You can enjoy rituals and outdoor tea ceremony during this period. Hours : 09:00 to 16:30 during the period. Admission : 300 yen Address : 1 Chome-16-40 Dōmyōji,…
Feb 17 – Mar 18 all-day Expo Park
Japanese plum tree’s blossoms will be in their best at Expo park in Osaka. There are 124 kind, 600 plum trees at natural culture park, and 37 kinds, 80 plum trees are at Japanese garden. The shop for Ume products such as plum jam, Umeboshi will be open during the festival. Hours : 9:30 to…
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 15:00 Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine
Every year Ume matsuri at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine is held on February 25th. One of the main events along with viewing plum blossoms is the special outdoor tea ceremony “Baikasai”. Hot matcha tea and traditional Japanese sweets are usually served by Maiko. If you like drinking a hot cup of matcha tea then you should try…
Mar 9 – May 6 all-day Kodai-ji Temple
From mid-March to early May each year, Kodai-ji temple‘s stages are lit up with special illumination at night.  Its beautiful gardens and weeping cherry trees create magical atmosphre. Hours : 17:00 to 22:00 every nights during the period. Access : 15-minute walk from Keihan Gojo stationShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click…
Mar 9 – Mar 18 all-day Higashiyama area
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro The historical cultural assets, famous temples and shrines in Higashiyama ”東山” district of the city sparkles with holiday illumination. The  walkway is total approximately 5 km with open air lanterns. Illuminating Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kodai-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple, a magnificently beautiful night scene is rendered. Hours : 18:00 to 21:30…
Mar 17 – Mar 18 all-day Himune Hachiman-gu Shrine
On Sunday evening in mid-March, people dance wildly amid showers of fire sparks around  “Sagicho” , the blazing pine tree floats.  A figure of the animal of the year according to the Oriental Zodiac, made with marine products and grain, is mounted in the center of this float. Hours : Floats will be ignited with fire from…
Mar 18 @ 11:00 – 17:00 Den-den town
The streets of Den-den Town are closed to traffic for one of the biggest cosplay event in Japan. The Nipponbashi Street Festa is every Otaku’s dream of cosplay and anime, a colourful festival featuring cosplayers, robot performances, live music and much more. This popular event is a must for anybody interested in seeing the Japanese…
Mar 23 – Apr 15 all-day Nijo Castle
Within the castle’s grounds, there are approximately 400 cherry trees of late blooming varieties in a cherry orchard. The special night illumination is on during the bloom. illumination :  18:00 to 21:30 during the period Admission : 600 yen (Free entry for people in Japanese Kimono) Access : Nijo-mae station on the Kyoto subway Tozai…
Mar 24 – Apr 15 all-day Ninomaru Garden
Enjoy approx. 300 cherry trees in Nishinomaru garden at night with the illuminated Osaka Castle donjon. The scenery of the castle tower risen up over the cherry trees is truly beautiful. Hours : 9:00 to 21:00 : Lit up 18:00 to 21:00 during the period. Admission : 350 yen  Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens…
Mar 24 – Mar 25 all-day Tennoji Zoo
Tennoji Zoo Will be lit up for Easter night Tennoji Zoo opens nighttime during Easter. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the nocturnal behavior of the animals with the Easter theme. A variety of events will be held during the period. Access : 5 minute walk from JR Tennouji station. Hours : 9:30 to 20:00Share…
Mar 30 – Apr 10 all-day Okazaki Canal
25-minute boat cruise while celebrating spring greenery and cherry blossoms. Okazaki canal is located  just outside of Heian-jingu Shrine. The canal connects the Lake Biwa canal network with Kamogawa river. Cherry trees line the canal along Reisen street and run all the way out to Nanzen-ji Temple. Boarding Point : Boats leave from the pier…
Apr 1 – Apr 20 all-day Hikone castle
You can enjoy the magnificent view of about 1,200 cherry blossoms all in bloom on the ground of Hikone Castle. The cherry trees along the inner moat are lit up at night and the blossom reflecting on the water is breathtaking. Access : 15-minute walk from Hikone station on the JR Biwako Line. Lit up…
Apr 1 – Apr 15 all-day Tatsuno Park
Tatsuno park is one of the best place to celebrate the arrival of spring. There will be a parade of samurai warriors, a tea ceremony, food stalls during the festival. Lit-up : 18:00 to 21:00 Access : From JR Himeji station to Hon-Tatsuno station on the JR Kishin line ,then 25-min walk to the park…
Apr 7 – Apr 8 all-day Sasayama castle
Sasayama castle ruins is a famous location for cherry blossoms, and magnificent stone wall is left.  About 1,000 cherry trees surrounding the moat of Sasayama castle bloom In spring .  During the cherry blossom season, there are light-ups in the evenings. Visitors can enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms with high stone walls and the…
Apr 22 – May 3 all-day Fushimi Inari Taisha
The Inari God makes a parade to give blessings once a year. Inari festival is the most important festival for Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. The festival  is held at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine from “Shinko festival” APR 22nd to “Kanko festival” MAY 5. Shinko Festival Date : APR 22nd, from 11:00 Priests and accompanying members…
May 3 – May 5 all-day Heijo Palace
The World Heritage site Heijo Palace in the ancient capital of Nara is about to celebrate summer with a mix of tradition. Visitors can enjoy the parade of people in ancient costumes, music and food stalls at Heijo Palace. There are free shuttle buses from JR Yamato-Saidaiji Station and JR Nara Station on festival days.…
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…
May 15 @ 10:00 – 16:00 Kamigamo jinja
Aoi Matsuri Festival is the most important annual rituals for both Shimogamo Jinja shrine and Kamigamo Jinja shrine. A festival with a 1400 years of continuous history stretching from the Heian period all the way to modern times. The highlight of the festival is the “Roto no Gi”, a tasteful Heian-period dynastic parade with some…