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.
Located at a shrine which alas, does not exist on google maps, this is a very small local festival but has plenty of Geiko and Maiko (Kyoto’s geisha). Taking place in early-to-mid May, the festival begins on the evening of […]
Also known as the Hollyhock Festival, this is one of the city’s biggest events and is a great chance to see traditional costumes on parade from the Imperial Palace to the Kamo shrines. Over 500 people participate, all wearing hollyhock […]
The Mifune Festival takes place on the Katsura River in Arashiyama on the third Sunday of May each year. The festival features traditional boats carrying musicians and performers floating down the river. The name of the festival translates as the […]
The Kobe Festival is a citywide festival that runs over two days. The first day sees separate celebrations in each of the city’s 9 wards. The big parade happens on Sunday along Sannomiya Flower Road starting at 12 noon. For […]