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Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 2018

Stretching from Ueno to Asakusa, Shitamachi Tanabata features countless decorations, dancing, food and streets and live performances. It's a great way to soak in the summer in the streets of Old Tokyo.

Lantern Festival in Nozawa Onsen

Lantern Festival in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Holidays are hosting guests over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of September for the autumn lantern festival. The festival is a unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture and escape to the mountains.

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is the largest, if not greatest, danjiri matsuri (float festival) in Japan. Celebrating 300 years of tradition, neighbourhoods compete by racing 35 4-tonne danjiri through the streets of Kishiwada. Held every September, the festival is a direct train ride from Kansai Airport. With the event's immense popularity, it is still possible to get an unobstructed view of the danjiri and the chanting float-pullers. If you follow the path directly opposite Kispa La Park, it is possible to explore the surrounding streets, which have reduced crowds and greater views.

Okayama's Naked Man Festival

One of Japan's most masculine driven festivals. Held in Okayama Cities Saidaiji Kannon-in Temples and in 2012 celebrated its 500 year anniversary. Be brave or go home.

Wazuka - Japanese Tea Town

Wazuka is a traditional Japanese tea town, with picturesque scenery and mind-clearing, heart-warming Japanese tea. Its tea industry dates back more than 800 years with 300 families making tea today. There is a teatopia festival each November, and it makes a great day trip from Kyoto or Nara. Why not try its tea flavoured soba.

Akita Kanto Festival

The Kanto Matsuri is also known as the pole lantern festival. It is a Tanabata related celebration in Akita City held annually from August 3rd to 6th.