Japan is famous for its colourful and enriching events and festivals.  Wherever you may be visiting in Japan with its array of both local (matsuri) and national festivals, you are sure to be close to a celebration or marked occasion of some sort.

Every year in December

Hagoita-Ichi Battledore Fair

Asakusa, Tokyo
Hagoita (ornamental battledores or wooden bats) and other traditional toys and decorations are sold at this lively temple fair, brightly coloring downtown Tokyo at the year-end.
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Every summer

Fuji Rock Festival

Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata
Fan of top UK music festivals such as Bestival, Download or Latitude? Sample the biggest and best Japanese equivalent in the form of the Fuji Rock Festival.
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1st-3rd August

Nagaoka Fireworks Festival

Concluding with the largest firework allowed by Japanese law, Nagaoka’s annual fireworks festival is undoubtedly one of Japan’s biggest and best summer fireworks festivals.
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1st-3rd September

Owara Kaze-no-Bon Festival

Yatsuo-Etchu, Toyama
The history of this autumn ‘festival of the wind’ to pray for protection from typhoons and an abundant harvest can be traced back more than 300 years.
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May and October

Toyama Hikiyama Festivals

Don’t miss Toyama’s lively hikiyama float festivals, in which elaborately decorated floats (hikiyama) are paraded around town and sometimes collided in a show of strength!
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