ln honor of Children's Day, 1,200 carp-shaped wind socks are displayed over the Sagami River for Sagamihara's Koi-no-bori' festival.
Close to the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido is Otaru's Snow Light Path Festival. Here you can enjoy the romantic glow of thousands of candles alongside ice and snow displays next to the canal.
Celebrate 35 years of taiko drumming by Sado-based ensemble Kodo in a series of summer performances.
The Naked Man Festival at Urasa's Bishamondo is one of the top bizarre festivals in Japan and a wonderful night out each year on March 3rd.
Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival 2014
Gojinjo Daiko, a kind of Japanese drumming specific to Ishikawa Prefecture, has a tradition of 400 years.
Enjoying the candlelit lanterns at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara.
The Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto starts in late March, and from March 29 to April 14 you can experience its fleeting beauty in many of Kyoto’s parks, temple and castle gardens. Called hanami in Japanese, locals and tourists alike take this time to celebrate spring with a picnic underneath a full bloom of cherry trees. Whether you are eating, drinking, dancing or relaxing, look up and see a sea of flowers above you. At night, many places are lit up, with the blossoms taking on a magical glow. Here are Kyoto’s magnificent seven after dark.
From January 20th to March 31st, the tiny seaside town of Inatori, in the Izu Peninsula, hosts its annual 'Hina-no-tsurushikazari Matsuri', a lovely festival combining hina dolls and handmade hanging ornaments.