Festivals

Ranging form the solemn to the silly, Japan has a number of annual festivals. If you're in town when one is going on, be sure not to miss it.

Mar 1, 2019

The Shujo Onie Festival

The Shujo Onie Festival

In Oita's Kunisaki Peninsula, oni are considered to have good nature. As a celebration of this, local monks play out the role of these demons.

Oct 20, 2017

The Kawagoe Festival

The Kawagoe Festival

Saitama Prefecture's Kawagoe Festival is an epic celebration that honors the town's historical legacy as a merchant supplier to Japan's capital.

Aug 19, 2017

Summer’s Toro Nagashi

Summer’s Toro Nagashi

This haunting tradition of floating lanterns down the river was originally held as a summertime means of ushering spirits on to the next world.

Jul 13, 2016

Summer’s Mitama Festival

Summer’s Mitama Festival

Held every year in July, Yasukuni Shrine's Mitama Festival is an annual celebration of all of those souls who have given their lives for Japan.