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Tendo Ningen Shogi

Tendo Ningen Shogi

Mid Apr

Tendo Ningen Shogi is a “Human Chess” event that occurs every April in the city of Tendo, Yamagata. Set under rows of blooming..

Yamagata, Tendo Park 2 Free
Abare Matsuri

Abare Matsuri

Early Jul

Abare Matsuri, or Rampage Festival, is an annual event in the town of Noto, Ishikawa. One of Japan’s most violent and fiery fe..

Ishikawa, Yasaka Shrine (Ushitsu).. 2 Free
Kasedori Festival

Kasedori Festival

Mid Feb

Kasedori Festival, or “Strawbird Festival”, is a unique yet bizarre Japanese event. Performers gather at Kaminoyama Castle dre..

Yamagata, Kaminoyama Castle.. 3 Free
Onbashira Matsuri in Suwa, Nagano

Onbashira Matsuri in Suwa, Nagano

Apr 2nd - May 16th

Onbashira Matsuri in Suwa, Nagano is filled with plenty of singing, dancing, colorful costumes and merrymaking in general.

Nagano, Suwa Grand Shrine Free
Unko Museum Yokohama

Unko Museum Yokohama

Mar 15th - Sep 30th 2019

Unko Museum is a limited time exhibition running until July 15th 2019, showcasing all things 'unko-', or poop-related, in..

Kanagawa, Asobuild 3 ¥1,700
Frog Street in Matsumoto

Frog Street in Matsumoto

Ignatius Koh

Nawate Street is a frog-themed street south of Matsumoto Castle. Many shops, ranging from food to antiques, line the narrow street,..

Nagano 2
Matsumoto Frog Festival

Matsumoto Frog Festival

Late Jun

Matsumoto's Frog Festival only happens two days every year. Make sure to catch it while it's here!

Nagano, Nawate Street 10 Free
Kawaii Monster Café

Kawaii Monster Café

Livvy Boote

In Tokyo's fashionable Harajuku district, Kawaii Monster Café is a creation of fashion visionary Sebastian Masuda. It'..

Tokyo 3
Kashima Gatalympics

Kashima Gatalympics

Early Jun

Japan's craziest sporting event held on the mudflats of Kashima.

Saga, Roadside station Kashima.. 1 Free
Ninja Izakaya

Ninja Izakaya

Hollie Mantle

Ninja Izakaya in Tokyo’s bustling business centre of Akasaka (be careful not to confuse it with the similar Asakusa) draws you..

Tokyo
Doronko Matsuri Mud Festival

Doronko Matsuri Mud Festival

Early Jul

Shirokawa's Doronko Mud Festival in early summer has it all – bulls, devils, wrestling, pulsing drums and dancing virgins ..

Ehime, Mishima Shrine 4 Free
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