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

Feb 8 – Mar 31 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…
Mar 18 – 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 21 – Apr 14 all-day Nijo Castle
Within the castle’s grounds, there are approximetaly 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 28 – Apr 7 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…
Mar 29 – Apr 7 all-day gion shirakawa
Cherry blossoms lined on the Gion Shirakawa dori, one of the Kyoto’s iconic street will be lit up to create a fantastic atmospere.  It will be very special to stroll along the Shirakawa river with illuminated cherry blossom, under the moonlight. Lit-up : 18:00 to 22:00 during the period Location : Gion ShirakawaShare this:Click to…
Mar 29 – Apr 7 all-day Shoren-in monzeki temple
Shoren-in Temple’s beautiful gardens make a mysterious atmosphere at night. Visitors can enjoy strolling the path along 4 beautiful gardens, and all the wooden buildings are nicely lit up. Lit-up : 18:00 to 22:00 Admission : 800 yenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click…
Apr 21 – 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 21 to “Kanko festival” MAY 5. Shinko Festival Date : APR 21, from 11:00 Priests and accompanying members…
May 1 – May 5 all-day Fujinomori Shrine
Fujinomori Matsuri Festival, 「藤森祭」 is held at Fujinomori Shrine every year from MAY 1 to MAY 5. During the festival, there are many food stalls in the precincts, and portable shrines are carried around the shrine. There are also Japanese drum performances, and a samurai parade. The highlight of this festival is “kakeuma-shinji”, acrobatic horse-riding…
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…
Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day Shijo-karasuma area
During the Heian period (794-1185), Kyoto suffered a series of natural disasters and plagues. As a form of appeasement to Mother Nature, a thousand years ago during a famine, purification ceremonies called “gouy-e” came into practice. Traditional spears were gathered from all over Japan as well as portable mikoshi (shrines) and offered to pay respect…
Aug 16 @ 20:00 – 21:00 Kamogawa river bank
“Daimonji Gozan Okuribi” is the Buddhist festival of the feast of our ancestors. Known as “the Bon festival”, it is held on the evening(20:00 P.M) of August 16th. Gigantic Kanji characters and other motifs are lit on the five mountains surrounding the city of Kyoto. Now It is a famous as the Kyoto summer image. This…
Oct 1 – Oct 5 all-day Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Zuiki Festival at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine/ ずいき祭 This festival is held in appreciation for the year’s grain harvest. The festival began as an offering of new rice husks, vegetables and fruit to the deity. The name comes from the portable shrine, which is adorned with a taro stalk roof. OCT 1, 13:00 to 16:00 For the…
Oct 22 @ 07:00 – 16:00 Kyoto Imperial Palace
  A parade from the Imperial palace to Heian-Jingu shrine. A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators. This is a fine opportunity for taking a close look at the costumes, accessories and fittings which are reproduced with the quintessence of Kyoto’s traditional handicraft techniques. A festival held at…
Oct 22 @ 18:00 – Oct 23 @ 02:00 Kurama-dera Temple
The Kurama Fire Festival is counted as one of the three great unusual festivals of Kyoto. Held in Kurama, a small town in northern Kyoto. The Kurama Fire Festival is filled with lit torches and iron baskets holding fire.   You may experience incredible spectacle of the danger of so much fire so close at hand. …
Nov 8 all-day Fushimi-Inari Shrine
Tens of thousands of the ritual tossing prayer sticks gathered from around Japan are burned in bonfires in appreciation of the abundant harvest, to purify one’s transgressions and reduce obstacles, and to pray for one health and happiness. When the prayer sticks on to the fire, the smoke clears and fires begin to rise up from…
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 15:00 Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine
Every year Ume matsuri “Baika-sai”, 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…
May 1 – May 5 all-day Fujinomori Shrine
Fujinomori Matsuri Festival, 「藤森祭」 is held at Fujinomori Shrine every year from MAY 1 to MAY 5. During the festival, there are many food stalls in the precincts, and portable shrines are carried around the shrine. There are also Japanese drum performances, and a samurai parade. The highlight of this festival is “kakeuma-shinji”, acrobatic horse-riding…
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…
Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day Shijo-karasuma area
During the Heian period (794-1185), Kyoto suffered a series of natural disasters and plagues. As a form of appeasement to Mother Nature, a thousand years ago during a famine, purification ceremonies called “gouy-e” came into practice. Traditional spears were gathered from all over Japan as well as portable mikoshi (shrines) and offered to pay respect…
Aug 16 @ 20:00 – 21:00 Kamogawa river bank
“Daimonji Gozan Okuribi” is the Buddhist festival of the feast of our ancestors. Known as “the Bon festival”, it is held on the evening(20:00 P.M) of August 16th. Gigantic Kanji characters and other motifs are lit on the five mountains surrounding the city of Kyoto. Now It is a famous as the Kyoto summer image. This…