Japanese events and festivals are celebrated through out the country all year round, there are about 300,000 traditional festivals in Japan. The Japanese word for “festival” is “matsuri (祭り)”, in most cases each festival is sponsored by a local shrine or temple. Most of the Japanese festivals are celebrated over the weekend, big festivals like Sanja Matsuri, roads are usually closed to give way for the celebration.

If you happen to be roaming around Japan or Tokyo specifically, you can easily a spot Japanese events and festivals if you see processions which includes big and intricately designed floats. Of course, that also includes loud taiko drum beats and Japanese people chanting while they carry the traditional mikoshi.

Every season in Japan is accompanied by specific festivals for each area. Popular festivals are Takayama Spring Festival, Awa Odori Matsuri (Summer), Nagasaki Kunchi (Autumn) and a bunch of snow festivals in winter like Sapporo Snow Festival.

Upcoming Japanese Events and Festivals

Nigohachi Festival

Date: Early Nov
Event Schedule: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Admission: Free

Shiga

Hi-watari  Festival at Daigan-ji Temple

Date: November 3, 2019
Event Schedule: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Admission: Free

Hiroshima

Shitennoji Wasso Festival

Date: November 3, 2019
Event Schedule: 10:30am – 5:00pm
Admission: Free

Osaka

Karatsu Kunchi Festival

Date: November 2-4
Admission: Free

Saga

Karuizawa Momiji Festival

Date: Sept.23-Nov.5
Admission: Free

Nagano

Worldwide Eisa Festival

Date: Early November
Event Schedule: 11:00am – 6:30pm
Admission: ¥1,500 – ¥2,000

Okinawa

Utsunomiya Gyoza Festival

Date: November 2 – 3, 2019
Event Schedule: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Tochigi

Ube Festival

Date: November 2 -3, 2019
Admission: Free

Yamaguchi

Ishigaki-jima Festival

Date: November 5-6
Admission: Free

Okinawa

Hiroshima Ramen Stadium 2018

Date: Early November
Event Schedule: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Hiroshima

Gion Odori

Date: November 1-10
Admission: 3,500 to 4,000 yen

Kyoto

Arashiyama Momiji Festival

Date: November 10, 2019
Event Schedule: 10:30am
Admission: Free

Kyoto

Tokushima Yokai Festival

Date: Mid November
Admission: Free

Tokushima

German Christmas Market

Date: Mid-Late November
Event Schedule: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Admission: Free

Osaka

Fukuoka Grand Sumo Tournament

Date: November 10-24, 2019
Admission: by ticket purchase

Fukuoka

Himeji Castle Light-up and Exhibition

Date: Early-Late November
Event Schedule: 9:00am – 9:30pm

Hyogo

Okinawa International Carnival

Date: Late November
Admission: Free

Okinawa

Nagasaki Christmas

Date: Late November – Late December

Nagasaki

Glover Garden Night Illumination

Date: Mid November – Late December
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Nagasaki

Festival of the Lights Osaka

Date: November 4, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Admission: Free

Osaka

Saga Light Fantasy

Date: Late October – Early January
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 11:59pm
Admission: Free

Saga

Sapporo White Illumination

Date: Late November – Mid March
Admission: Free

Hokkaido

“Light of Versailles” Winter Illumination

Date: Late October – Late March
Admission: ¥1,000 (at the door)

Shizuoka

Events Information Source: Japan Cheapo Events