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

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!

Name

Saga International Balloon Fiesta

Address

Kase River Side, Ogino Kase-cho, Saga-shi, SagaGoogle Map

How to get there

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

Parking

Parking area is available

2

Shoju-in Temple has a wind-bell (Furin) festival every summer. There're many wind-bells in the precinct and they make refreshing sounds all around. You can also enjoy finding the different patterns of 47 prefectures in Japan, and painting on wind-bells!◎Wind-bell Festival 7/1~9/18 in 2017

Name

Shoju-in Temple

Address

149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

0774-88-3601 

Hours

8:30-16:30

How to get there

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.

Parking

Parking area is available

3

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.

Name

Nagaoka Firework Festival

Address

Okamura-machi, Nagaoka-shi, NiigataGoogle Map

How to get there

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

4

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.

Name

Lake Biwa Firework Festival

Address

1-1 Chagasaki, Otsu-shi, ShigaGoogle Map

How to get there

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

Parking

Nearby toll parking area is available

5

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.

Name

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Address

1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-551-1234

Hours

6:00-18:30

Fee

Adult 400 yen、Child 200 yen

How to get there

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

Parking

Nearby toll parking area is available

6

Kobe Luminarie had been refraining from attending during the coronavirus pandemic, but they have expanded the number of locations and changed to a distributed Luminarie. The Port Tower, which has undergone earthquake-proofing work, can be seen, and Kobe is back! That's what it feels like. Everyone, please come and check it out.

Name

Kobe Luminarie

Address

6 Kanou-cho Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, HyogoGoogle Map

How to get there

7

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.

Name

Shirotori Garden

Address

2-5 Atsuta Nishi-machi Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi, AichiGoogle Map

Tel

052-681-8928

Hours

9:00-17:00

Closed

Mon

Fee

Adult 300 yen、Child 0 yen

How to get there

Parking

Toll parking area is available

8

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.

Name

Gion Matsuri Festival

Address

Gion-machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

How to get there

8 min walk, from Gionshijo Station

9

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.

Name

Osaka Tanabata Sky Lantern Festival

Address

2 Nishinakajima Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, OsakaGoogle Map

Fee

Adult 6250 yen、Child 2250 yen

How to get there

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

10

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.

Name

Kihoku Tōrō Festival

Address

Nagashima Kihoku-cho, Kitamuro-gun, MieGoogle Map

How to get there

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

Parking

Free parking area is available

11

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.

Name

Ofusa Kannon Temple

Address

6-22 Ousa-cho, Kashihara-shi, NaraGoogle Map

Hours

9:00-16:00

Fee

Adult 300 yen、Child 300 yen

How to get there

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

Parking

Free parking area is available

12

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.

Name

Korakuen Garden

Address

1-5 Korakuen Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama, Okayama-shi, OkayamaGoogle Map

Tel

086-272-1148

Hours

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

Fee

Adult 400 yen、Child 0 yen

How to get there

Parking

Parking area is available

13

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.

Name

Meguro Gajoen

Address

1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, TokyoGoogle Map

Tel

03-3491-4111

How to get there

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.

Parking

Toll parking area is available

14

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

Name

Wakayama Marina City

Address

1527 Kemi, Wakayama-shi, WakayamaGoogle Map

Hours

10:00-

How to get there

10 min by car, or 15 min by bus from JR Nankai Station

Parking

Toll parking area is available

15

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.

Name

Iwaya-do Park

Address

81-8 Iwaya-cho, Seto-shi, AichiGoogle Map

How to get there

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

Parking

Parking area is available

16

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.

Name

Kasuisai Temple

Address

2915-1 Kuno, Fukuroi-shi, ShizuokaGoogle Map

Tel

0538-42-2121

Fee

Adult 500 yen、Child 0 yen

How to get there

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

Parking

Parking area is available

17

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.

Name

Son'ei-ji Temple

Address

2777 Toyosawa, Fukuroi-shi, ShizuokaGoogle Map

Tel

0538-43-3601

How to get there

15 min by car or taxi from Aino Station

Parking

Parking area is available

18

You can see the biggest illumination in Japan in Nabana no Sato. There're two tunnels, the one is as long as 200m fantastic gallery of light, and another is 100m and has different themes every year. And the theme for this year is cherry blossom.

Name

Nabana no Sato

Address

270 Komaeurushibata Nagashima-cho, Kuwana-shi, MieGoogle Map

Tel

0594-41-0787

Hours

9:00-22:00

How to get there

By car, 10 min from Nagashima IC. By bus, 10 min from Kuwana Station.

Parking

Free parking area is available

19

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.

Name

Shirakawago

Address

Ogi-machi Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, GifuGoogle Map

Tel

05769-6-1311

How to get there

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

Parking

Parking area is available

20

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!

Name

Kenrokuen Garden

Address

1 Kenroku-machi, Kanazawa-shi, IshikawaGoogle Map

Tel

076-234-3800

Hours

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

How to get there

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.

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Fireworks Festival

Nagaoka Firework Festival

8 Reviews

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.

Lake Biwa Firework Festival

5 Reviews

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.

Kihoku Tōrō Festival

4 Reviews

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.

Doll Festival

Kasuisai Temple

5 Reviews

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.

Hina no Tsurushi Kazari Matsuri Event

1 Reviews

Tsurushi Bina, hung small dolls, have been handed down since Edo Period. Mothers have entrusted their daughters happiness and good health to a piece of thread and old clothes at Hina-matsuri (girl's festival) that began in Izuinatori. About eleven thousand of Hina (dolls) are hung for two months from the end of January every year.

Setoyashiki

2 Reviews

In an old house built 300 years ago, over 7000 hanging dolls and sitting hina dolls are very imposing! Possessed carefully since Edo period, 300 years old 'Kyoho Hina' and Japanese dolls with full of human touch are the display for a peach blossom's seasonal festival that paints Ashigara Village.

Wind Bell Festival

Shoju-in Temple

18 Reviews

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.

Minase Jingu Shrine

6 Reviews

Some well-known places are crowded with people, so you cannot enjoy them leisurely. The day I visited this Minase Jingu Shrine was on Japanese summer holiday season, but there were little people there. So I could sit on the bench and enjoy listening to the wind bells that made me feel cooler.◎10 min walk from Hankyu Minase Station. 12 min walk from JR Shimamoto Station. Free parking area is available. Wind bell area has no admission fees. The tea room requires more than 5 people and 500 yen for each.

Ofusa Kannon Temple

4 Reviews

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.

Illuminations

Toji Temple

13 Reviews

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.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

13 Reviews

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.

Kobe Luminarie

9 Reviews

Kobe Luminarie had been refraining from attending during the coronavirus pandemic, but they have expanded the number of locations and changed to a distributed Luminarie. The Port Tower, which has undergone earthquake-proofing work, can be seen, and Kobe is back! That's what it feels like. Everyone, please come and check it out.

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Chugoku

Korakuen Garden

6 Reviews

One of the three top Japanese Gardens with 3 Michelin Star, Koraku-en has an illumination event in summer named 'Genso Teien (Fantastic Garden)'. The illumination of wind-bell, varicolored carp and folded-paper crane will fascinate everyone. A nice event for this summer.◎Entrance fee: adult 400yen Genso Teien: 2017/8/1~31.

Okayama Castle

2 Reviews

Okayama Castle is called 'Cormorant Castle' for its black outer wall. Summer illumination event is held during August. You can see the gentle and cool Japanese atmosphere with traditional umbrellas and lanterns. Must see in summer!◎Event info: 2017/8/1-8/31 (18:00-21:30) Entrance fee to the castle tower: 300yen, but the garden is free.

Daisen-ji Temple

1 Reviews

Daisen-ji Temple is famous for its lighting of Japanese umbrellas. Colorful umbrellas are lit up beautifully, and a model poses with them. Take pictures from its front to get the line of full umbrellas.◎Illumination date: 8/10-13, 8/24-26, 9/22-24. You need to buy a ticket. You can use single-pod but can't use tripod.

Hokkaido・Tohoku

Hokuryu Himawari-no Sato (Sunflower Field)

6 Reviews

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

Hirosaki Castle

4 Reviews

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.

Omagari National Fireworks Competition

2 Reviews

Ōmagari Firework Festival in Akita is one of the three biggest firework festivals in Japan. All spectators get so excited, and the festival becomes like a live music concert. The fireworks shot off as long as 700 meters have enough height and is really worth seeing. Let's visit all of the three biggest firework festivals in Japan!

Tokai

Kihoku Tōrō Festival

4 Reviews

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.

Shirotori Garden

4 Reviews

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.

Son'ei-ji Temple

5 Reviews

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.

Koshinetsu

Nagaoka Firework Festival

8 Reviews

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.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

4 Reviews

Japan's No.1 Mt.Fuji as a background, Fuji Shibazakura (moss pink) Festival directs the best scenery in spring. Pink of shibazakura and blue sky make a good contrast. They hold this event from the end of April to May every year. How many times I see this scene, it's always magnificent!

Round Tasting Of 5 Sake Breweries

1 Reviews

Miyama-nishiki, rice as an ingredient for sake, and high quality water from Kiriga-mine mountain make the characteristic taste for Suwa's sake. Enjoy the different concepts of five sake breweries and delicious demonstrations. You can find your favorite one.

Hokuriku

Owara Kaze-no Bon Festival

2 Reviews

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.

Kenrokuen Garden

8 Reviews

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!

Atado-zaka Slope

1 Reviews

A spring event in Fukui Prefecture, there're 140 lumps of Japanese candle on Atado-zaka and slopes beside. The stone steps are lit up and become visionary. At Asuwa Shrine on the top of the steps, 370 years cherry blossom tree are beautifully lit up!◎Event date in 2018: 3/31-4/15. Illumination time: 18:30-21:30

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