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Festivals in Japan

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Best Festivals of Japan

May

photo of Hakata Dontaku Festival

Kyushu | Fukuoka | Fukuoka City

Hakata Dontaku Festival

This colorful festival takes place on May 3 and 4 in the city of Fukuoka in northern Kyushu.

photo of Aoi Matsuri

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Aoi Matsuri

The Kyoto Aoi Festival is one of the most famous festivals in the city. It is annually held on May 15 and is the festival of the two Kamo Shrines.

photo of Asakusa Sanja Matsuri

Kanto | Tokyo | Northern Tokyo

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri

The Sanja Matsuri, a symbolic festival of Tokyo, is one of the largest festivals of mikoshi (portable shrines) held in Asakusa.

photo of Kanda Matsuri

Kanto | Tokyo | Central Tokyo

Kanda Matsuri

100 portable shrines gather for this festival and a procession of 300 people parades through the streets of Tokyo.