Best Events And Festivals (Omatsuri) In Japan

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

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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.

2

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.

3

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!

4

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.

6

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.

8

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.

10

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.

11

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.

12

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.

14

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.

15

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.

16

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.

17

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.

18

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!

19

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!

20

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.

21

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

22

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: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: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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Address:1-5 Ayame, Itako-shi, Ibaraki

Access:3 min walk from JR Itako Station. 80 min by car from Mito city. Parking area is available.

Top Review:Marriage Boat You Can See Only During The Iris Festival

Though it can be seen only in iris season, the traditional marriage boat made me very moved. Everyone said 'congratulations!' here and there, and the bride thanked them with smile.◎You can see the bride, Wednesday: 11:00, Saturday: 11:00, 14:00, 19:00, and Sunday: 11:00, 14:00.

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Kansai

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.

Chugoku

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.

Shikoku

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.

Kyushu・Okinawa

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!

Hokkaido・Tohoku

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

Kanto

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.

Tokai

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.

Koshinetsu

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.

Hokuriku

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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