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Lake Towada's Winter Story
The biggest winter festival in the Tohoku region
Lake Towada's Winter Story is the Tohoku region's largest winter festival, find out what goes on and how to get there.

Nara's Yamayaki Festival
Watching Mt. Wakakusa Burn
The Yamayaki festival in Nara dates back to 1760. On the fourth Saturday of January every year, people gather at the base of Mt. Wakakusa and watch as it is set ablaze.

Hina Festival Opening Parade
The first of Yanagawa's many Doll Festival events
Yanagawa's Hina Festival Opening Parade brings the figurines of Girls' Day to life.

Nikko: A Winter Wonderland
Visit in winter for beauty, nature, fun, and food
Wintertime in Nikko: your gateway to fun, food, and incredible natural beauty. Head to nearby Yumoto Onsen or Lake Chuzenji for skiing, ice carvings, and relaxing hot springs.

Yumoto Onsen Snow Festival
Incredible ice sculptures at Yumoto Onsen, near Nikko
The Yumoto Onsen Snow Festival features amazing ice sculptures tucked into hollowed-out snow domes called kamakura. The nighttime LED light and music display are fantastic.

Autumn Maple Festival at Togo Park
One of the prettiest places around for fall colors
Togo Park in Hanno, Saitama holds an annual Maple Festival in late November to showcase its impressive display of over 1,000 brightly-colored maple trees.

Super Yosakoi Festival
The ultimate Yosakoi dance festival experience
Under the hot summer sun, wave upon wave of performers take to the stage with energetic moves and youthful exuberance. Featuring some 5,000 participating dancers and an expected turnout of 800,000 visitors, the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival is the metropolitan mega-rendition of the traditional Japanese Yosakoi dance.

Illumination at Onsen in Matsumoto
Japanese-Style Lighting with Foot Onsen Overcomes Quake
Illumination at Onsen in Matsumoto

Ebisu's Bon Odori Summer Festival
One of Tokyo's best summer festivals
The Bon Odori Festival in Ebisu, Tokyo is a huge summertime gathering rich in tradition. With music, dancing, food, drinks, and clothes dating back to old times, this annual festival is well worth a visit.

Ibaraki's Chrysanthemum Festival
Amazing flower displays at the Kasama Kiku Matsuri
Every autumn, Ibaraki hosts the Kasama Kiku Matsuri, an amazing chrysanthemum festival in the grounds of the historic Kasama Inari Shrine.