Early
Nov

Shitennoji Wasso Festival

10:00am – 5:00pm
Free

Watch a parade of more than 1000 people colourfully clad in traditional clothing shout “wasso” as they march through the streets of Hoenzaka in Osaka! The term Wasso means “I came” in Korean and is shouted to remember those who have come to Japan from across Asia. The carefully designed outfits are accurate reconstructions of clothing worn in different cultures and are an impressive sight. The festival celebrates the interaction and exchange with dancing, drumming, music and performances from a wide range of arts. The festival is held at Naniwa no Miya instead of at Shitennoji itself as this was where travellers would land and to allow visitors to see this important cultural area.

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Related Events
  • Kitano Odori
    Mar 20
    ~
    Apr 2

    Kitano Odori

    As a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, this event has been postponed. New dates will be announced on the website and social media The first of the annual Geisha performances in Kyoto, the Kitano Odori is performed by Geiko […]

    ¥5,000 – ¥5,500
  • Apr 3
    ~
    Apr 5

    Shizuoka Matsuri

    As a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19, this event has been cancelled for 2020. The Shizuoka Festival is Shizuoka city’s biggest Spring festival. The three day event features a Yatai mura (outdoor food village), nebuta floats (see Nebuta […]

    Free
  • Early
    Apr

    Tightrope Lion Dance

    One of Japan’s more unusual festivals, here you can watch brave performers balance on a tightrope strung across a 10m-wide valley while wearing a heavy headdress. Held in the grounds of Isenomori Shrine and surrounded by cherry blossom, it’s a […]

    12:30pm
    Free