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A two day festival held every year. The local train station is also only open during the festival, Tsushima no Miya Station. The festival centers around a shrine on a tiny island connected to the mainland by a 250m bridge that is also opened only for the festival (the boards of the bridge are actually removed for most of the year).
Nada no Kenka is celebrated in Himeji on October 14 and 15. A festival where floats carried by more than fifty men appear to fight is a magical celebration full of color, energy and tradition.
The first day of Nada no Kenka is one of preparation. Watching the blessing ceremony for the floats and the after event are very rewarding experiences.
A lot of hard work goes into the Takayama Autumn Festival, from the costumes, to music, to choreography to the props. Grab your headphones and experience the detailed sights and sounds.
Warai festival is celebrated every year at Niu shrine in Wakayama. The leader, dressed as clown, guides the participants to the shrine. Villagers of 4 towns then show their skills in different presentations.
The Kurayami Festival in Fuuchu, Tokyo is Japan's most beautiful festival. It happens once a year during the first week of May at the Okunitama Shrine
Named after the traditional 'waraij' straw sandals, Fukushima's annual festival to mark the summer kicks off in early August.
Sendai Tanabata Festival held August 6th-8th always delights visitors. The largest Tanabata event in Japan continues to grow in 2016.