Japan is the land of the festival. From fireworks to snow sculpture, from heaving massive floats to all night dances, festivals range from the divine to the extreme and everything in between. Some festivals will draw crowds in the millions, others will be smaller, hidden in local shrines and go unnoticed by most travellers. Luckily for visitors, festivals are spread throughout the year and chances are you will be able to experience a festival of some kind during your stay. But where to find them? A google search for 'Must see festivals in Japan' will bring up many options of course, but if you would like a more targeted approach, I recommend the Oh! Matsuri website. I stumbled across this just last week and, oh the fun I have had searching and planning summer festival adventures! The search function allows users to search by date, region and even prefecture to find festivals that line up with their plans, brilliant. Of course, it would be nigh on impossible to list every festival in Japan but the range of listings seems quite comprehensive.
Do yourself a favour, check out Oh! Matsuri, and experience a Japanese Festival for yourself!
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Nara Tokae Minoir
Taga Taisha Mantousai M.Kawai