Best Events And Festivals (Omatsuri)

Here're best Events And Festivals (Omatsuri). We released a ranking of reviews about Events And Festivals (Omatsuri) posted by travel influencers who have actually been there.

Fireworks Festival

Address:Okamura-machi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata

Access:30 min walk from JR Nagaoka Station. 60 min by car from Niigata city. Take bus from the extra parking area.

Top Review:The Huge Fireworks Blooming In The Summer Night Sky

Nagaoka Firework is one of the three biggest fireworks in Japan. The power is overwhelming at all. The fireworks spreading as far as the eyes can see.

Doll Festival

Address:2915-1 Kuno, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka

Access:10 min by bus from Fukuroi Station to Kasui. By car or taxi, 20 min from Kakegawa Station or 40 min from Shizuoka Airport.

Tel:0538-42-2121

Top Review:The Largest Scale Of Hina Matsuri Festival

Thirty tree shelves and 1200 dolls of Ohina-sama. I was so fascinated with them. One of the enjoyments is delicious Zenzai (sweet soup of azuki bean) we eat while we looking at them. This impressive Hina Matsuri Festival is hold till March 31st.

Wind Bell Festival

Address:149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 30 min from JR Uji Station or Kintetsu Shintanabe Station to Ichumae, and change bus to Okuyamada for 15 min, then walk 10 min. By car, 60 min from Kyoto city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0774-88-3601 

Hours:8:30-16:30

Top Review:Heart-shaped Inome Window And Beautiful Painting On The Ceiling

Shouju-in Temple is famous for the lovely heart-shaped window called Inome-mado. Not only the window, I was fascinated with the beautiful paintings on the ceiling that are different one by one. In summer, you can also enjoy tea in the beautiful sounds of wind bell.

Umbrella Sky

Address:16-50 Motomachi Hoshigaoka Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Access:1 min walk from Hoshigaoka Station (Gate No. 6). By car, 10 min from Nagoya IC, parking area is available.

Top Review:Umbrella Flower Blooming In The Blue Sky

Umbrella Flower has exhibited since 2017. At Hoshigaoka Terrace, there're 100 umbrellas like flowers in the sky, and the sun lights them. You can enjoy shopping in the beautiful scene of the flowery ground!◎2018.4.20-7.31

Illuminations

Toji Temple

13 Review

Address:1 Kujyo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Kyoto Station, or 10 min walk from Toji Station. By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Toji-mae.

Tel:075-691-3325

Hours:5:00-17:00

Top Review:Excellent With A Fivefold Pagoda! A Illuminated Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree

You can go to Toji Temple from the Kyoto station on foot. The fivefold pagoda is highest in Japan and a popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Moreover, you can see a Shidare Zakura, a weeping cherry tree in spring. Illuminated cherry blossoms at night are very fantastic.

Setouchi Triennale

Pumpkin

2 Review

Address:3419 Kyonoyama Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa

Access:Bus: get off the bus at Tsutsuji-so, then walk 3 min. Bicycle: 30 min from Miyaura Port.

Top Review:Lively Yellow Pumpkin In The Blue Sea & Sky

Nao-shima Island has many photogenic art works. Among them, the most popular one created in 1994 by Yayoi Kusama.

Lantern Festivals

Address:2 Nishinakajima Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Access:7 min walk from Hankyu Minamikata Station. 7 min walk from Subway Nishinakajima Station. By car or taxi, 12 min from Osaka Station.

Top Review:3000 Sky Lanterns Fly To The Night Sky In Osaka

A sky lantern event held on August 18th and 19th in Yodogawa, Osaka. (It's held around 7/7 every year, but it was postponed because of rain this year.) About 3000 sky lanterns flew to the night sky, it was so wonderful scenery.

Carp Streamer Festivals(Koinobori)

Oboke Gorge

5 Review

Address:1520 Nishi Yamashiro-cho, Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima

Access:By car, 30 min from Otoyo IC, 35 min from Ikeda IC, 50 min from Kawanoe IC. 25 min walk from Oboke Station.

Top Review:Oboke Gorge With The Great Beauty Of Nature, And Carp Streamers Swimming Gently

Oboke George is famous for the great beauty of nature. And about 160 carp streamers (Koi-nobori) swim gently above the Yoshino River in every spring. You can see them from the pleasure boat.◎Carp streamers decoration: from the end of March to the end of May. You can see carp streamers and ride the pleasure boat at 'Oboke-kyo Man'naka'.

Review Ranking

1

Address:149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 30 min from JR Uji Station or Kintetsu Shintanabe Station to Ichumae, and change bus to Okuyamada for 15 min, then walk 10 min. By car, 60 min from Kyoto city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0774-88-3601 

Hours:8:30-16:30

Top Review:Shojuin's Wind Chime Festival 2022, Sunflower Wind Chime

The wind chime festival 2022 being held at Shojuin, which is famous as a wind chime temple in Ujitawara, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto. Hydrangea wind chimes changed to sunflower wind chimes from the beginning of the week. The hydrangea wind chimes were also wonderful, but the sunflower wind chimes are gorgeous just by looking at them even more summery. When the wind blows, the sound of wind chimes echoes in the precincts and you can feel cool.

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Address:Okamura-machi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata

Access:30 min walk from JR Nagaoka Station. 60 min by car from Niigata city. Take bus from the extra parking area.

Top Review:The Huge Fireworks Blooming In The Summer Night Sky

Nagaoka Firework is one of the three biggest fireworks in Japan. The power is overwhelming at all. The fireworks spreading as far as the eyes can see.

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Address:Kase River Side, Ogino Kase-cho, Saga-shi, Saga

Access:20 min walk from JR Saga Balloon Station. By car or taxi, 20 min from Saga Station, 30 min from Saga Airport.

Top Review:The Biggest Sky Sport Festival In Asia!

Around 100 colorful hot air balloons starting to expand at the dry riverbed in the morning glow. Then, they rise to the autumn sky above the Saga Plain. Its scenery is very impressive!

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Address:1-1 Chagasaki, Otsu-shi, Shiga

Access:On foot, 15 min from JR Ōtsu Station, 10 min from JR Ōtsukyo Station, or 5 min from JR Hamaōtsu Station.

Top Review:Elegant Lights Arch! Full-blown Skyrockets Above The Biggest Lake Biwa

They have held it every August for more than 30 years in Otsu, Shiga Pref. Skyrockets is of course powerful, and the directions that makes the most of its location above the lake is worth seeing.

5

Address:6-22 Ousa-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara

Access:8 min by bus from Yamatoyagi Station to Ousa, then 5 min walk. 40 min by car from Nara city.

Hours:9:00-16:00

Top Review:Forget The Summer Heat! Wind Bell Festival With Cool Sounds

It's since 2003. There're over 2500 wind bells hung in the precinct, and the orchestra of cool sounds when the wind blow. You can forget the heat of summer while you eating shaved-ice and listening to such tones.◎Wind Bells are displayed to the end of August.

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Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Gojōzaka, then 10 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-551-1234

Hours:6:00-18:30

Top Review:Illumination of Autumn Leaves Representing Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most famous spots for autumn leaves in Kyoto. I visited several places to light up the autumn leaves, but this place is a spot for autumn leaves that can only be said to be true.

7

Address:Gion-machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:8 min walk, from Gionshijo Station

Top Review:Japanese Summer Festival Since 1150 Years Ago, For Which 200 Thousand People Get Together Every Year

You can enjoy Gion-bayashi (traditional festival music), Yamahoko floats that are hardly seen, and food stalls! The main Shijo Street becomes pedestrian precinct from Horikawa to Higashi-Oji.

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Address:2 Nishinakajima Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Access:7 min walk from Hankyu Minamikata Station. 7 min walk from Subway Nishinakajima Station. By car or taxi, 12 min from Osaka Station.

Top Review:3000 Sky Lanterns Fly To The Night Sky In Osaka

A sky lantern event held on August 18th and 19th in Yodogawa, Osaka. (It's held around 7/7 every year, but it was postponed because of rain this year.) About 3000 sky lanterns flew to the night sky, it was so wonderful scenery.

9

Address:Nagashima Kihoku-cho, Kitamuro-gun, Mie

Access:15 min walk from JR Kii Nagashima Starion. By car or taxi, 60 min from Tsu Station.

Top Review:Colorful Fireworks Spreading To The Sky

Kihoku Tōrō Matsuri is a summer festival in Kihoku town. The biggest highlights of firework are Saiun Kujaku and Saishoku Senrin, which you can see only here. In 2018, it was postponed for the typhoon, and held on September 8th.

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Address:1-5 Korakuen Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama, Okayama-shi, Okayama

Tel:086-272-1148

Hours:7:30-18:00,8:00-17:00

Top Review:The Event 'Fantasy Garden in Autumn' Held in Koraku-en Garden that is One of 3 Famous Gardens in Japan.

The event 'Fantasy Garden in Autumn' is held more scale-up than the previous in Koraku-en garden that is one of 3 famous gardens in Japan. Okayama castle and Japanese umbrellas are illuminated and the famous garden is enveloped in fantasy world.

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Address:1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Access:5 min walk from Meguro Station. By car or taxi, 15 min from Shinagawa Station, 20 min from Tokyo Station, or 25 min from Haneda Airport.

Tel:03-3491-4111

Top Review:Absolutely Gorgeous Ceiling Paintings & Interiors Lightened In Japanese Mood

Hyakudan-kaidan' (one hundred steps) is a wooden architecture and a tangible cultural property of Tokyo. It was built in the beginning of Showa era as a banquet room. The interiors of the seven Japanese rooms are worth seeing! During summer, the collaboration exhibition with lights like Japanese festivals and artistic lights wins popularity. Some people wear yukata, summer kimono, and enjoy it.

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Address:2-5 Atsuta Nishi-machi Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Tel:052-681-8928

Hours:9:00-17:00

Closed:Mon

Top Review:Illuminated Autumn Leaves At The Biggest Japanese Garden In The Chubu Region

Autumn foliage viewing in the city. A spacious and calm scene weaved by Japanese style structures and maple leaves. The reflected autumn colors on the water surface are also beautiful.

13

Address:1527 Kemi, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama

Access:10 min by car, or 15 min by bus from JR Nankai Station to Wakayama Marina City. 90 min from Osaka by car.

Hours:10:00-

Top Review:Summer Weekends Fireworks

After enjoy 'PORTO EUROPE' with a townscape of Europe, and Kuroshio Market, you can see the fireworks for the finishing of a day.

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Address:2915-1 Kuno, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka

Access:10 min by bus from Fukuroi Station to Kasui. By car or taxi, 20 min from Kakegawa Station or 40 min from Shizuoka Airport.

Tel:0538-42-2121

Top Review:The Largest Scale Of Hina Matsuri Festival

Thirty tree shelves and 1200 dolls of Ohina-sama. I was so fascinated with them. One of the enjoyments is delicious Zenzai (sweet soup of azuki bean) we eat while we looking at them. This impressive Hina Matsuri Festival is hold till March 31st.

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Address:81-8 Iwaya-cho, Seto-shi, Aichi

Access:By car or taxi, 20 min by Owari Seto Station, or 50 min from Nagoya Station.

Top Review:Iwaya-do Shrine & Autumn Leaves Reflected On The River Surface

From November 10th to 18th, we can enjoy illuminations here. There're beautiful nature, such as Iwaya-do Shrine made up by a natural huge stone, and some waterfalls. They're illuminated and reflected beautifully on the river surface.

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Address:2777 Toyosawa, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka

Access:15 min by car or taxi from Aino Station

Tel:0538-43-3601

Top Review:Wind Bell Event We Can Visit In The Cool Sounds

Son'ei-ji Temple has wind bell festival from 5/18 to 8/31. We can visit this temple in the cool sounds during this season. We can enjoy 'Gankake Fūrin' which the visitors can hang a oblong card with wishes he writes, and also they sell some wind bells.

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Shirakawago

20 Review

Address:Ogi-machi Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu

Access:10 min by car from Shirakawago IC. By bus, 50 min from Takayama Station.

Tel:05769-6-1311

Top Review:Seven Days Illumination of Shirakawa-go Which People All Over the World Wait Anxiously

The tickets are sold out in a few minutes and tourists come from all over the world. It is one of the representative winter event in Japan. Living World Heritage where the villagers live is enveloped in lights.

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Address:1 Kenroku-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa

Access:10 min by bus from Kanazawa Station. By car, 30 min from Kanazawa Nishi (West) IC, 30 min from Kanazawa Higashi (East) IC, or 20 min from Kanazawa Morimoto IC.

Tel:076-234-3800

Hours:7:00-18:00,8:00-17:00

Top Review:A Japanese garden Loved By A Lord Of A Great Dominion Kaga

Kenrokuen Garden is a symbolic spot of Kanazawa, which has easy access for the opening of Hokuriku Shinkansen Superexpress. For they often have light-up event in a year, I think it's good to visit during such events. I like especially autumn! I took the first pic in autumn, the second in winter. ◎The bus following a circular route from Kanazawa Station is useful!

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Address:Yatsuo-machi, Toyama-shi, Toyama

Access:By car or taxi, 8 min from Ecchū Yatsuo Station, 30 min from Toyama Station, 20 min from Toyama Airport. By bus, 45 min from Toyama Station.

Top Review:Traditional Folk Songs & Dance. Graceful 'Owara Kaze-no Bon'

At Ecchu-yatsuo, Toyama, 'Owara Kaze-no Bon' is a traditional event held every September, and has been handed down since Edo period. Sounds of Japanese musical instruments in a tasteful town, and beautiful dancers will captivate you at this nice festival.

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Address:10-1 Nishi-machi, Koga-shi, Ibaraki

Access:Walk: 20min from JR Koga Station, or 5min from Shin-koga Station of Tobu Railway. Car: 20min from Tatebayashi IC of Tohoku Speedway.

Top Review:This Summer's Most Moving Fireworks In Koga! And Most Beautiful 'Saishoku Senrin' In Japan

I introduce this summer's most moving fireworks display in Koga! It's finale was emblazoned by 'Saishoku Senrin' a kind of Japanese skyrocket. It was shot off in the sky far above the Koga town, and the thousands of small flowers blooming in the night sky are awesome! Please come to see them on this spot next year!

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Address:339 Kamigamo Motoyama Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Top Review:More Than 1400 Years History! Aoi Matsuri Festival, One Of The Three Biggest Festivals In Kyoto

It's one of the three most famous festivals and said to be the oldest one in Kyoto. The parade of Saiou-dai (a queen) and 500 people is fascinating, elegant and gorgeous! It's called 'Aoi (hollyhock) Festival' because of the decorations of hollyhock leaves everywhere of the parade.◎Date: on May 15th every year. The parade leave Kyoto Imperial Garden, pass through Shimogamo Shrine and arrive at Kamigamo Shrine. People in elegant royal dresses march as long as 8km.

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Address:143-2 Itaya Hokuryu-cho, Uryu-gun, Hokkaido

Access:By bus, 30 min from JR Takigawa Station, or 180 min from Sapporo Terminal, to 'Hokuryu School'. By car, 120 min from Shin-Chitose Airport.

Top Review:No.1 In Japan! 1.5 Million Sunflowers In 23ha Hill

A huge hill of 23ha is covered with yellow. The scenery of 1.5 million sunflowers has become topic in Japan. Sunflower Festival is held until 8/20. Please come to the No.1 sunflower field in Japan!◎Entrance fee is free (Sunflower Maze is 300yen). Parking lot is ava

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Address:4 Sunport, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa

Access:You can see Fireworks around Takamatsu Station, ferry terminal, Yashima Mountain Observatory, and so on.

Top Review:The Night View From 292 Meters High & Fireworks Above The Seto Inland Sea

You can see the best night view of Kagawa Prefecture and the fireworks above the Seto Inland Sea at the same time from Shishi-no Reigan Observatory. It can command the evening glow before the fireworks, and after that, the great night view of Takamatsu. It's gorgeous spot, isn't it?◎5 min walk from Yashima Mountain Top Parking Area. The parking area requires 300 yen. The Yashima Dive Way was toll road but now it's free. You should except for the traffic jam after the firework.

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Address:1 Shimoshirogane-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori

Access:By car, 10min from Hirosaki Station, 25 min from Owani Hirosaki IC. By bus, 15 min from Hirosaki Station, get off at 'Shiyakusho-mae (City Hall), then walk 4 min.

Top Review:Beautiful And Happy! Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival

Winter Aomori Prefecture is very cold with much snow. But, you can enjoy winter festival in Hirosaki Castle Park. There7re many beautiful attractions such as snow lanterns, kamakura (snow dome), and illuminations!◎Access: bus is available from Hirosaki Station, and many parking lots around here for cars.

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Europe

Address:R. Luís de Camões 3750-159, Agueda, Portugal

Access:10 min walk, from Agueda Station

Top Review:Art in the City! Colorful Umbrella Festival

Umbrella festival held every year from July to September in Agueda, Portugal. During this period, the city of Agueda is filled with colorful umbrellas and art. It is a recommended spot that can be reached by train from Lisbon or Porto.

North & Central America

Address:1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, California, America

Access:45 min by car and taxi, from Los Angeles International Airport.

Top Review:Halloween Party

During Halloween, Halloween parties are held only on certain days. You can see a limited parade exclusively for this party or make a greeting with night-only admission. I was excited because the people in the costumes were also high quality. Tickets sell out quickly, so you might want to buy them early.

Asia

Address:149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 30 min from JR Uji Station or Kintetsu Shintanabe Station to Ichumae, and change bus to Okuyamada for 15 min, then walk 10 min. By car, 60 min from Kyoto city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0774-88-3601 

Hours:8:30-16:30

Top Review:Shojuin's Wind Chime Festival 2022, Sunflower Wind Chime

The wind chime festival 2022 being held at Shojuin, which is famous as a wind chime temple in Ujitawara, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto. Hydrangea wind chimes changed to sunflower wind chimes from the beginning of the week. The hydrangea wind chimes were also wonderful, but the sunflower wind chimes are gorgeous just by looking at them even more summery. When the wind blows, the sound of wind chimes echoes in the precincts and you can feel cool.

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