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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
A shrine dedicated to the Japanese deity of education
Dazaifu Tenmangu is a large Shinto shrine dedicated to the scholar Sugawara Michizane. Students come here to pray for success at school.

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Carp Streamers at Tsuetate Onsen
Colorful koinobori in rural Kumamoto
Hundreds of carp streamers are strung over the swift-flowing river at Kumamoto Prefecture's Tsuetate Onsen every year from April to early May.

Iwate Park in Full Bloom
Best place for cherry blossom viewing in Morioka
Iwate Park in Full Bloom, the best place to see cherry blossoms in Morioka

International Festivals at Yoyogi
Food, fun and culture all summer long at Yoyogi Park
Tokyo's Yoyogi Park holds international festivals nearly every weekend during the summer. Check it out for great food, drinks, music, shopping and performances.

Hina Doll Display at Kanzo Yashiki
Antique Hinamatsuri dolls and fabric craft decorations
Colorful exhibition of antique Hina dolls and fabric handcraft decorations in a lovely Edo Era farmhouse named  Kanzo Yashiki near Enzan Station in Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture.

Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival
Purification by fire in the cold of winter
The Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival (火振りかまくら Hiburi Kamakura) takes place in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture annually on February 13 and 14. Onlookers can also participate without reservations and free of charge.               

Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival
Where nature and history meets in Akita
The Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of nature's resilience in the little Kyoto of Northern Japan. Each April the festival takes center stage on the banks of the Hinokinai River, which is an easy stroll from Kakunodate Railway Station. As you make your way to the river, each step you take is a step back in time. 

Celebrate the Tagata Honen Matsuri
Not your standard Japanese festival!
The Tagata Honensai Matsuri is a fertility festival, with the main event centring on the lively procession of a large wooden phallus from one shrine to another.

International photography festival
Kyotographie International Photography Festival is a photographic event presented annually in Kyoto during the height of the spring tourist season.

Handmade Kites
Hidaka's Annual Kite Festival
Handmade Kites, Hidaka's annual kite festival

Fuji Sengen Shrine
The starting point of the trail to Mount Fuji
In the past, Fuji Sengen Shrine in Fujiyoshida was the starting point for pilgrims who set out to climb sacred Mount Fuji.