Thu, Apr
29

Kemari Festival

11:00am – 12:00pm
¥600 (on the door)

Held at Tanzan Jinja Shrine both in spring and August, the Kemari Festival features beautiful processions, rituals and eventually a game of kemari. Wearing colorful robes from the 7th century, the priests enter the shrine and eventually play the traditional game previously played by the royal family. A type of soccer, the goal of Kemari is to keep a leather ball in the air using only the player’s feet, and was brought over to Japan from China. As the shrine is surrounded by beautiful gardens, you can enjoy an afternoon there and even play kemari yourself after the festival.

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Related Events
  • Apr 23
    ~
    Apr 27

    Nagasaki Tall Ship Festival

    The Nagasaki Tall Ship Festival takes place in April each year in the spectacular backdrop of Nagasaki Harbor. Typically the event features a number of square rigged tall ships with their billowing sails providing a romantic glimpse into the bygone […]

    Free
  • things to do in iwakuni
    Thu, Apr
    29

    Kintaikyo Bridge Festival

    Cancelled

    Taking place every year on the the birthday of Showa-Emperor Hirohito, this festival has parades, processions and even a flea market. Forced to spend alternate years in the ancient capital, the Daimyo (local lords) would create grandiose displays to out-do […]

    9:00am – 3:00pm
    Free
  • Yabusame shinji Kyoto
    Mon, May
    03

    Yabusame Shinji

    A horseback archery display between the trees, this is an impressive feat of skill on show in Kyoto once a year. Taking place annually on the third of May, this event takes place in the run up to Kyoto’s Aoi […]

    1:00pm
    Free
  • May 3
    ~
    May 4

    Hakata Dontaku Festival

    Held in Fukuoka on the 3rd and 4th of May each year, the Dontaku Festival is one of the most popularly attended festivals in Japan and is said to be the most popular held during the golden week holiday. Over […]

    9:00am – 9:00pm
    Free

Recommended hotels located nearby