Festivals in Japan are rich and vibrant occasions. Girls put on their best 'yukatta' (a light kimono) and often the men wear traditional dress as well. The streets are lined with food and drink stands selling grilled meat on sticks, 'yakisoba' fried noodles and all manner of food delights. And of course, the Japanese love a drink at these occasions so beer and sake are never in short supply.
In this section we will be collecting together some of our favourite festivals that we think you may like to consider attending whilst in Japan. Some are really famous, other less so, but what we can guarantee is that you will have a lot of fun. Accommodation for major festivals can get booked up as far as a year in advance so if you are looking to attend a big event then let is know as soon as possible so we can get planning. Often though, it is just a matter of seeing what coincides with your visit and heading along for some festival fun and a chance to meet the Japanese at their most laid back.
- Nebuta Matsuri (Aug)
- Yabusame Horseback Archery (Sep)
- Saijo Sake Festival (Oct)
- Shirakawago Doburoku Matsuri (Oct)
- Toyota Oiden Matsuri (Jul)
- Sapporo Beer Festival (Jul & Aug)
- Sapporo Snow Festival (Feb)
- Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Jul)
- Daimonji Bonfire Festival (Aug)
- Kyoto Hanatoro (Dec & March)
- Okayama Naked Festival (Feb)
AnimeJapan is the biggest celebration of manga and anime in the country. The event combines the now defunct Tokyo International Anime Fair that ran from 2002 and the once breakaway Anime Contents Expo. Together, the show brings the best of the best and the biggest names in anime and will be showcasing the latest in Japanese and international anime.
We can include tickets for the event - please ask us for details.
March 22(Sat) - 23(Sun), 2014 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
AnimeJapan, Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre
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