Events in Japan
May - 5 : Go-gatsu
Kasama, a historic town known for its pottery production, holds a large garden located on a hilltop, blessed with stunning views of 8500 Azalea trees.
The largest festival in Odawara City, held in honour of the Hojo Samurai Family, the 5 lords of Odawara Castle who developed the castle town. Having 1700 participants in this festival, people in Samurai costume parade through the town. Ninja performance will also take place.
Kamakura is a historic town beloved by some renowned Japanese authors such as a Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari, and the Kamakura Museum of Literature exhibits manuscripts by those writers and their belongings.
The largest festival held at Nikko Toshogu Shrine in the historic area of Nikko. This event takes place in spring and autumn. The highlight is Yabusame Horseback Archery put on at the approach to the Toshogu Shrine and the Samurai parade.
A traditional festival held at Ookunitamajinja Shrine in Fuchu, in the west Tokyo. Has a history of over 1000 years, nearly 700 thousand people come to this festival every year. The highlight is the parade of Mikoshi (portable shrines) carrying and the drumming ceremony.
Yashio City, well known for Edamame production, holds a local event to promote their Edamame. Fresh Edamame and beer can be enjoyed there. You can also buy sweets and snack made with Edamame at the market.
A calligraphy workshop will take place in Kitasenju, a town in northern Tokyo. The teacher will help you to handwrite Japanese characters with the technique of Shodo, the Japanese calligraphy.
A large Bonsai Festival held at Omiya Bonsai village in Omiya. During the festival, masterpieces of Bonsai works are exhibited, and Bonsai plants and pots are also sold there.
Boso-no-Mura is an open-air museum operated by Chiba prefecture, has a park with exhibits of Japanese buildings backing to the old Japan of 150 years ago. A number of hands-on events are held during this festival, good for families. Admission: 300 JP Yen/ Adult (Free for children under 15 years old)
With a history of over 700 years, Sanja Matsuri is one of the three great Edo(Tokyo) Matsuri festivals. During the 3-day festival, all the streets around Sensoji temple will be jam-packed with viewers and parade performers and that is the headlight of this festival.
The Jindai Botanical Gardens (神代植物公園) is one of Tokyo Metropolitan Parks located in Chofu city. The gardens have 5200 roses in 409 different varieties, blooming in spring and autumn.
Tokyo Metropolitan Islands Promotion Corporation holds an event to promote agricultural, forestry, and marine products all from the islands of Tokyo Prefecture. Traditional art performances will also take place at the stage. Admission is free.