Compared to other festivals around the country, with only 3,000 fireworks, the Nagoya Port Fireworks Festival seems relatively small. Despite this, the scenic location for the event and its proximity to Nagoya attract a spectator audience of approximately 370,000 people.
This festival usually takes place in mid-July, but for 2021 it has been rescheduled for October to avoid a clash with the Olympics and in the hope that COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.
The procession – actually featuring about 1,200 participants – takes place on the second day of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine grand festival. Starting at 11am, participants dress as warriors in samurai armour and escort mikoshi (portable shoulder borne shrines) to […]
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 […]
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 and curves, allowing for a more immersive experience for the audience. […]
On the last Sunday of May each year, Higashiomi in Shiga Prefecture hosts a festival in which enormous traditional kites are hauled into the air by teams of up to 100 people. The festival features local kites as well as […]