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

     
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 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 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…