From a jetty jutting into Lake Biwa from the scenic Matsubara Beach in Hikone City, “bird men” – mildly insane people in human powered flying machines – will attempt to fly as far as possible into the lake.
The event kicks off early – at 7:30am on Day 1 (Glide aircraft decision) and at the unholy hour of 6am on Day 2 (manpower propeller division). Some of the contestants take things very seriously while others are in it more for the comedy value.
Want to see a slice of Japanese history? The Jidai Matsuri—”Festival of Ages”—is one of Kyoto‘s biggest October draws. It commemorates the founding of Kyoto as the Imperial capital by the Emperor Kammu in 794, so this is definitely one […]
The Miyazakijingu Taisai (Miyazaki Shrine Grand Festival) is a traditional festival at one of Miyazaki’s major Shinto shrines with a history of more than 140 years. Colloquially known as Jinmu-sama, the festival features a “procession of the gods” on both […]
Held by Matsubara Swimming Beach, this firework festival is an impressive display of over 10,000 rockets launched over Lake Biwa. Close to Hikone castle and with romantic cruises available, this festival is a great evening out and one of three […]
Officially the “Kobe Port Marine Fireworks Festival”, this event is rated as one the top fireworks festivals in the Kansai region. In past years, approximately a quarter of a million people have gathered to see 15,000 explosive projectiles shot into […]