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 days when wind power dominated global shipping.
As part of the festival, there will events on land and at sea including a sail past, races, a chance to go on board the boats while docked, short cruises, evening light-ups of the vessels, markets and fireworks in the evening on the final Saturday and Sunday.
Held annually since 1609, this three day festival in the Japan Sea port town of Sakata is renowned for its giant lion head floats and unique wheeled floats. The festival was originally known as the Sanno Festival but was renamed […]
Ashikaga Flower Park’s annual Great Wisteria Festival is the place to see pretty purple wisteria — fuji-no-hana in Japanese — in all its glory. And also to see less common varieties in pink, white, and yellow. Basically it’s a really […]
Featuring the dancers of the Pontocho area, this show has it’s own specially-built theater just off Pontocho called the Kaburenjo theater. The stage is designed to enhance the performance; it curves, allowing for a more immersive experience for the audience. […]
Japan is an anthophile’s dream: chrysanthemums, camellias, wisteria, and the mighty cherry blossom abound, and it seems that every region and city has a gorgeous formal garden landscaped to showcase the bloom of the moment. In Yamanashi Prefecture, the star […]