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1. Published by Tourist Information Center of Japan National Tourism Organization and all rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. ©2015 Japan National Tourism Organization.
2. Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
3. Events marked with ◎ are the major events.
4. Dates of events marked with ◇ are the same every year.
5. Japanese explanation appearing at the bottom of each entry give the name of the event and the nearest railway station in Japanese.
Point to this Japanese when you need help from a Japanese passerby.
6. Please refer to URL (basically in Japanese) for each event.
7. The Subway Lines and Station Numbers are indicated in parentheses ( ).
The Internet Website of Japan National Tourism Organization is available at <http://www.jnto.go.jp>.
Calendar Events
to be enjoyed in January 2015
TOKYO 東京
Date
◎
Jan. 1
New Year's day (national holiday), the "festival of festivals" in Japan, is celebrated with solemnity
and yet in a joyous mood. The streets are adorned with New Year's decorations of pine and plum
branches, bamboo stalks and ropes with paper festoons. People pay homage to shrines and
temples, and visit friends and relatives to exchange greetings.
正月
Date
Jan. 1 ~ Jan. 5
Yasukuni Jinja Nento Gyoji, New Year's ceremonies and entertainments at Yasukuni Shrine,
Chiyoda-ku. At midnight (0:00 am) on Jan. 1st, as the gate of the Shrine opens and the drum
heralding a New Year is beaten, many people begin to enter the Shrine to pay homage. Yumi-hajime
(the first practice of the year of Japanese archery) is demonstrated from 10 am on the 3rd.
URL
Access
http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/news_detail.php?article_id=0052
The Tozai, Hanzomon or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Sta. (T 07, Z 06, S 05), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
千代田区 九段 靖国神社
靖国神社年頭行事
東西線、半蔵門線又は都営新宿線九段下駅より徒歩5分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 2
Kokyo Ippan Sanga, New Year's Congratulatory Visit to the Imperial Palace, Chiyoda-ku, by people
who are allowed to pass the Nijubashi Bridge on this special occasion. The Imperial Family are
scheduled to appear on the balcony to respond to the homage of people five times, from 10:10 am,
11 am, 11:50 am, 1:30 pm and 2:20 pm. The entrance gate is open from 9:30 am to 2:10 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-event/sanga01.html
(1) The Chiyoda Subway Line to Nijubashi-mae Sta. (C 10)
(2) The Hibiya, Chiyoda or Toei Mita Subway Line to Hibiya Sta. (H 07, C 09, I 08)
(3) The Yurakucho Subway Line to Sakuradamon Sta. (Y 17)
所在地
千代田区 皇居
最寄駅
皇居一般参賀
(1) 千代田線二重橋前駅
(2) 日比谷線、千代田線又は都営三田線日比谷駅
(3) 有楽町線桜田門駅
Date
◇
Jan. 2 & Jan. 3
Haijima Daishi Daruma Ichi, a fair of Dharma dolls at Haijima Daishi Temple, Akishima, on the
outskirts of Tokyo. About 600 open-air stalls selling Daruma (Dharma dolls) of all types and sizes
and others are set up in the compound of the temple and along the approach to the temple from
around 9 am to 4 pm on both days.
URL
Access
http://haijimadaishi.com/daruma-ichi/
(1) The JR Chuo Line to Tachikawa Sta. (North Exit), and then take a bus to Haijima Daishi-mae Bus Stop.
(2) The JR Ome Line to Akishima Sta. (South Exit), and then walk 20 min.
(3) The JR Ome Line to Haijima Sta., and then take a bus to Haijima Daishi-mae Bus Stop.
所在地
昭島市 拝島大師
拝島大師だるま市
(1) JR中央線立川駅(北口)よりバスで拝島大師前下車
(2) JR青梅線昭島駅(南口)より徒歩20分
(3) JR青梅線拝島駅よりバスで拝島大師前下車
最寄駅
1
Date
◇
Jan. 2 & Jan. 3
Hoyojutsu Jitsuen, a demonstration of Japanese traditional falconry is held at Hamarikyu Garden,
Chuo-ku, from 11 am and 2 pm on both days. Admission to the park is \300. When it rains, it will
be canceled.
URL
Access
http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/event/2014/11/post-377.html
Walk 15 min. from Shimbashi Sta. on the JR Yamanote Line, or walk 7 min. from Shiodome Sta. (E 19) on the Toei Oedo
Subway Line.
所在地
中央区 浜離宮公園
放鷹術実演
JR山手線新橋駅より徒歩15分、又は地下鉄大江戸線汐留駅より徒歩7分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 6
Dezome-shiki, the new year's event presented by the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Brigade at the
Higashi parking lot of Tokyo Big Sight, Koto-ku. A mass display of the high-tech fire-fighting
equipments is held, and a thrilling acrobatics is demonstrated by Hikeshi , fire fighters of Edo
Firemanship Preservation Association Incorporation, from around 11 am to around 11:20 am.
URL
Access
http://www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/inf/h26/12/dezome.html
(1) The Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi Sta. to Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Sta., and then walk 3 min.
(2) The Tokyo Rinkai Kosoku Railway Rinkai Line from Shin-Kiba Sta. to Kokusai-Tenjijo Sta., and then walk 7 min.
所在地
江東区 東京ビッグサイト 東駐車場
出初式
(1) 新橋駅よりゆりかもめで国際展示場正門駅より徒歩3分
(2) 新木場駅より東京臨海高速鉄道りんかい線で国際展示場駅より徒歩7分
最寄駅
Date
Jan. 7
Yokozuna Dezuiri, the ring-entering ceremony of Sumo is demonstrated by three Yokozuna grand
champions in front of the main hall of Meiji Shrine, Shibuya-ku, from around 3 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/
(1) The JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Sta., and then walk 5 min.
(2) The Chiyoda or Fukutoshin Subway Line to Meiji-Jingumae Sta. (C 03, F 15), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
渋谷区 明治神宮
横綱手数入り
(1) JR山手線原宿駅より徒歩5分
(2) 千代田線又は副都心線明治神宮前駅より徒歩5分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 10
Hatsu Konpira, the first fair of the year at Kotohiragu Shrine, Minato-ku. A parade of Shichifukujin
(the seven Gods of Good Fortune) is held on Sando Street twice from 11 am and 2 pm. The openair stalls are set up in the precincts from the morning to around 5 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.kotohira.or.jp/gyoji/h27hatsu_konpira.pdf
The Ginza Subway Line to Toranomon Sta. (G 07) (Exit 2), and then walk 1 min.
所在地
港区 虎ノ門 金刀比羅宮
初金刀比羅
銀座線虎ノ門駅2番出口より徒歩1分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 10 ~ Jan. 12
Daikoku (the god of wealth) Matsuri Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine, Chiyoda-ku. On the 10th, a
purification ceremony (people coming of age pour icy water over themselves) takes place from 10
am. On the 11th, Hocho-shiki (rite or traditional art of skillfully slicing a large carp using a
Japanese knife) is conducted from 12 noon.
URL
Access
http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/event/detail.html?id=2&m=00
The JR Chuo Line, Sobu Line or the Marunouchi Subway Line to Ochanomizu Sta. (M 20), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
千代田区 神田明神
だいこく祭
JR中央線、総武線又は丸ノ内線お茶ノ水駅より徒歩5分
最寄駅
Date
Jan. 11
Kodokan Kagami-biraki-shiki, cutting a large round rice-cake for the New Year's ceremony on the
first training session day of the New Year at Kodokan (Judo Hall), Bunkyo-ku. Practice sessions
are demonstrated from 10 am to 11:30 am.
URL
Access
http://www.kodokan.org/j_info/schedule_j.html#jan
(1) The Toei Mita or Oedo Subway Line to Kasuga Sta. (I 12, E 07), and then walk 2 min.
(2) The Marunouchi or Namboku Subway Line to Korakuen Sta. (M 22, N 11), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
文京区 講道館
講道館鏡開き式
(1) 都営三田線又は大江戸線春日駅より徒歩2分
(2) 丸ノ内線又は南北線後楽園駅より徒歩5分
最寄駅
2
Date
Jan. 11
Kanchu Suiyoku (midwinter bathing), a purification ceremony at Teppozu Inari Shrine, Chuo-ku.
Men wearing only loincloths are purified first by priest's prayer and then again when they enter into
the icy water in a big tank on the grounds of the Shrine, from around 11 am.
URL
Access
http://www.teppozujinja.or.jp/nenkan.html
(1) The JR Keiyo Line or the Hibiya Subway Line to Hatchobori Sta. (H 11), and then walk 5 min.
(2) The Yurakucho Subway Line to Shintomicho Sta (Y 20), and then walk 10 min.
所在地
中央区 鉄砲州稲荷神社
最寄駅
寒中水浴(みそぎ)
(1) 日比谷線又はJR京葉線八丁堀駅より徒歩5分
(2) 有楽町線新富町駅より徒歩10分
Date
◎
Jan. 11 ~ Jan. 25
O-Zumo Hatsu Basho or the first Grand Sumo Tournament of the year at Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall,
Sumida-ku. Dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremony) by Yokozuna (the grand champions) takes
place around 3:45 pm daily. Then the main bouts by Maku-uchi (upper-rank Sumo wrestlers) start.
Advance tickets are sold at Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall, Ticket Pia, convenience stores, and so on.
Unreserved-seat tickets (\2,200 per person) are sold on the day at the Kokugikan Hall from 8 am
every day during the tournament period, on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of the
tickets is limited to 350 daily.
URL
Access
http://www.sumo.or.jp/en/index
The JR Sobu Line or the Toei Oedo Subway Line to Ryogoku Sta. (E 12), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
墨田区 両国国技館
大相撲初場所
最寄駅
JR総武線又は都営地下鉄大江戸線両国駅より徒歩5分
Date
◇
Jan. 12
Manaita-biraki, the New Year's ceremony to dedicate a carp as an offering to Hoonji Temple, Taitoku. The head master of Shijo-ryu school of Japanese culinary arts, dressed in traditional attire
demonstrates the art of skillfully slicing a large carp on the board, only using a knife and chopsticks,
not even touching the fish with his hands, from around 10 am to 11:30 am.
URL
Access
http://www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/manaitabiraki.html
The Ginza Subway Line to Inaricho Sta. (G 17), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
台東区 報恩寺
爼(まないた)開き
最寄駅
銀座線稲荷町駅より徒歩5分
Date
◇
Jan. 12
Ome Daruma Ichi, a fair of Dharma dolls, Ome, on the outskirts of Tokyo, is held from 1:30 pm to 7
pm. About 250 open-air stalls selling Daruma (Dharma dolls), foods, potted plants and the like are
set up along the Kyu-Ome-Kaido street.
URL
Access
http://www.omekanko.gr.jp/navi/navi.php#20141211b
The JR Ome Line to Ome Sta.
所在地
青梅市 青梅街道
青梅だるま市
最寄駅
JR青梅線青梅駅
Date
◎
Jan. 12
Kagami-biraki, the first training session day of the New Year at Nippon Budokan Hall in Kitanomaru
Park, Chiyoda-ku. A ceremony of Kagami-biraki (cutting a large round rice-cake) takes place at 1
pm and a demonstration of Budo (various martial arts) is held from 1:15 pm. Shiruko (sweet redbean soup with small pieces of rice cake) is served to visitors at 3:10 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.nipponbudokan.or.jp/shinkoujigyou/gyouji_05.html
The Tozai, Hanzomon or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Sta. (T 07, Z 06, S 05) (Exit 2), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
千代田区 日本武道館
鏡開き式/武道始め
最寄駅
東西線、半蔵門線又は都営新宿線九段下駅2番出口より徒歩5分
3
Date
Jan. 12
Momote-shiki, a traditional Japanese archery ritual to commemorate Seijin-no-hi (Coming-of-Age
Day) in the precincts of Meiji Shrine, Shibuya-ku. The archery is held in front of Homotsuden
(treasure house) from 12:30 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/
(1) The JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Sta., and then walk 5 min.
(2) The Chiyoda or Fukutoshin Subway Line to Meiji-Jingumae Sta. (C 03, F 15), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
渋谷区 明治神宮
成人式祝賀百々手式
(1) JR山手線原宿駅より徒歩5分
(2) 千代田線又は副都心線明治神宮前駅より徒歩5分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 13
Obisha-sai, an archery ritual at Kuzukaya Goryo Shrine, Shinjuku-ku, is scheduled from 10 am to
10:40 am.
Access
The Seibu Shinjuku Line to Arai Yakushi-mae Sta. (North Exit), and then walk 10 min.
所在地
新宿区 葛谷御霊神社
御備射祭
最寄駅
西武新宿線新井薬師前駅(北口)より徒歩10分
Date
◇◎
Jan. 15 & Jan. 16
Setagaya Boro (Rag) Ichi or Flea Market on Boro Ichi-dori Street, Setagaya-ku, features many
open-air stalls selling foods, clothes, potted plants, antiques and the like from 9 am to 8 pm on both
days.
URL
Access
http://www.gotokyo.org/jp/kanko/setagaya/event/boroichi.html
(1) Take a bus for Kamimachi or Seijo-Gakuen from Shibuya Sta. (South Exit), and then get off at Kamimachi Bus Stop.
(2) The Tokyu Setagaya Line to Setagaya Sta. or Kamimachi Sta.
所在地
世田谷区 ボロ市通り
世田谷ボロ市
(1) 渋谷駅南口より上町又は成城学園行バスで上町下車
(2) 東急世田谷線世田谷駅又は上町駅
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 18
Onza Hiho Daranie (Moja Okuri), the Buddhist rite at Sensoji Temple, Taito-ku. Two devils with
burning torches emerge from the darkness at around 5 pm and run around in the compound of the
temple for about 15 minutes, and then disappear into the darkness. It is believed that those who
are showered by the sparks of the burning torches are assured of good health throughout the year.
URL
Access
http://www.senso-ji.jp/annual_event/onzadaranie.html
The Ginza or Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Asakusa Sta. (G 19, A 18), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
台東区 浅草寺
温座秘法陀羅尼会 / 亡者送り
銀座線又は都営浅草線浅草駅より徒歩5分
最寄駅
Date
Jan. 20
Kagura-hajime at the main hall of Kanda Myojin Shrine, Chiyoda-ku. Dai-dai Kagura , Shinto dance
with music of drums, flutes and other musical instruments is performed from 3 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/event/detail.html?id=2&m=00
The JR Chuo, Sobu Line or the Marunouchi Subway Line to Ochanomizu Sta. (M 20), and then walk 5 min.
所在地
千代田区 神田明神
神楽はじめ
最寄駅
JR中央線、総武線又は丸ノ内線お茶ノ水駅より徒歩5分
Date
◇
Jan. 21
Hatsu Daishi, the first fair of the year is held at Nishi-Arai Daishi Temple, Adachi-ku. About 50
open-air stalls sell Daruma (Dharma dolls), sweets, clothes and the like in the precincts of the
temple and its neighborhood from around 9 am to around 5 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.nishiaraidaishi.or.jp/event/yearly.html
The Tobu Isesaki Line to Nishi-Arai Sta., and take the Tobu Daishi Line to Daishi-mae Sta., and then walk 5 min.
所在地
足立区 西新井大師
初大師
東武伊勢崎線西新井駅より東武大師線で大師前駅下車、徒歩5分
最寄駅
4
Date
◇
Jan. 24 & Jan. 25
Usokae, the bullfinch exchange ritual of Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Koto-ku, is held from 8:30 am on
both days. Bullfinches, which are called "Uso " in Japanese, are regarded as symbols of good luck.
People exchange old carved wooden bullfinches for new ones. On the 25th, Hatsu Tenjin (the first
fair of the year) is scheduled in the precincts of the Shrine.
URL
Access
http://kameidotenjin.or.jp/events/
The JR Sobu Line to Kameido Sta., and then walk 15 min.
所在地
江東区 亀戸天神
鷽替神事
JR総武線亀戸駅より徒歩15分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 28
Daruma Ichi, a fair of Dharma dolls at Takahata Fudoson Temple, Hino, on the outskirts of Tokyo.
About 100 stalls are set up from around 7:30 am to sunset, selling Daruma (Dharma dolls) which
attract many people seeking good luck in the year ahead. Chigo-Gyoretsu , a parade of children in
fancy attire is scheduled in the precincts from around 2 pm to 2:10 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.takahatafudoson.or.jp/
The Keio Line to Takahata Fudo Sta., and then walk 5 min.
所在地
日野市 高幡不動尊
初不動大祭(だるま市)
最寄駅
京王線高幡不動駅より徒歩5分
KANTO 関東
Date
◇
Jan. 3
Hatsu Daishi, the first fair of the year, or Daruma Ichi, Dharma dolls fair at Kawagoe Daishi Temple,
Kawagoe, Saitama Pref. Many open-air stalls selling Daruma (Dharma dolls) are set up in and
around the temple until dark.
URL
Access
http://www.kawagoe.com/kitain/english/traditional-succession.html
(1) The Seibu Shinjuku Line to Hon-Kawagoe Sta., and then walk 15 min.
(2) The Tobu Tojo Line to Kawagoeshi Sta., and then walk 20 min.
(3) The JR Saikyo Line to Kawagoe Sta., and then walk 25 min.
所在地
埼玉県 川越市 川越大師
初大師(だるま市)
(1) 西武新宿線本川越駅より徒歩15分
(2) 東武東上線川越市駅より徒歩20分
(3) JR埼京線川越駅より徒歩25分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 5
Joma-Shinji, an archery ritual at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref. The
ceremony is conducted by the members of Ogasawara-ryu school of Japanese archery, in
traditional attire, from around 10 am.
URL
Access
http://www.tsurugaoka-hachimangu.jp/calendar/january/
The JR Yokosuka Line to Kamakura Sta., and then walk 10 min.
所在地
神奈川県 鎌倉市 鶴岡八幡宮
除魔神事
JR横須賀線鎌倉駅より徒歩10分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 6 & Jan. 7
Shorinzan Daruma Ichi, the first fair of Dharma dolls at Shorinzan Darumaji Temple, Takasaki,
Gunma Pref., is held from around 12 noon on the 6th, throughout the night until around 12 noon on
the 7th. This is one of the biggest fairs of its kind in Tokyo and its vicinities.
URL
Access
http://www.daruma.or.jp/eng/00_04-darumaichi.html
The JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line to Takasaki Sta.(West Exit). From there, 20 min. by "Gururin" Bus for Shorinzan, and
then get off at Shorinzan-iriguchi Bus Stop.
所在地
群馬県 高崎市 少林山達磨寺
少林山だるま市
JR上越新幹線高崎駅(西口)より”ぐるりん”バス少林山行きで20分、少林山入り口下車
最寄駅
5
Date
◇
Jan. 9
Maebashi Hatsu-ichi Matsuri, the first fair of Daruma (Dharma dolls), along Honmachi-dori Street in
Maebashi, Gunma Pref., is held from around 10 am to 10 pm. A parade of Mikoshi (a portable
shrine) followed by many people disguised as Shishi lions & Tengu goblins, starts from Hachimangu
Shrine at 10:30 am, heading for Karimiya (portable shrine resting place) to arrive there around 11:30
am.
URL
Access
http://www.maebashi-cvb.com/event/e_hatsuichi.htm
The JR Joetsu Shinkansen to Takasaki Sta. From there, take the JR Ryomo Line to Maebashi Sta. (North Exit), and
then walk 10 min.
所在地
群馬県 前橋市 本町通り 八幡宮
前橋初市まつり
JR上越新幹線高崎駅より両毛線に乗り換えて前橋駅下車、北口より徒歩10分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 15
Otariya Festival of Futaarayama Shrine, Utsunomiya, Tochigi Pref., features a performance of
Dengaku-mai (Shinto dance with music) from around 5 pm to 5:30 pm in the precincts of the
Shrine. A parade of Mikoshi (a portable shrine) goes through the city from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.futaarayamakaikan.jp/schedule/
(1) 5 min. by bus from JR Utsunomiya Sta. (West Exit) to Babacho Futaarayama Jinja-mae Bus Stop.
(2) Tobu Utsunomiya Sta., and then walk 15 min.
所在地
栃木県 宇都宮市 二荒山神社
春渡祭(おたりや)
(1) JR宇都宮駅西口よりバスで5分、馬場町二荒山神社前下車
(2) 東武宇都宮駅より徒歩15分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 21
Hatsu Daishi, the first fair of the year at Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Pref. Openair stalls selling Daruma (Dharma dolls) are set up from 9 am to around 4 pm.
URL
Access
http://www.kawasakidaishi.com/event/jan.html
The Keihin Kyuko Line to Keikyu Kawasaki Sta. From there, the Keihin Kyuko Daishi Line to Kawasaki Daishi Sta.
所在地
神奈川県 川崎市 川崎大師
最寄駅
初大師
京浜急行京急川崎駅より京浜急行大師線に乗り換えて川崎大師駅下車
- "Closing dates for the New Year's holidays" 年末年始休館日 The following Museums are closed during the period mentioned below in ( ) :
Tokyo National Museum (12/24‐1/1)
National Museum of Modern Art , Tokyo (12/28-1/1) & Craft Gallery (12/28-1/1)
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (12/28-1/1)
National Museum of Western Art (12/28-1/1)
Edo-Tokyo Museum (12/28-1/5)
Idemitsu Museum of Art (12/22-1/9)
Suntory Museum of Art (12/29-1/1)
Japan Folk Crafts Museum (12/26-1/9)
Japanese Sword Museum (12/18-1/5)
Bridgestone Museum of Art (12/26-1/1)
National Museum of Nature and Science (12/28-1/1)
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (12/28-1/1)
The following Gardens and Amusement parks are closed during the period mentioned below in ( ) :
Higashi Gyoen (Imperial Palace East Garden) (12/28-1/3)
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (12/29-1/1)
Kiyosumi Teien Garden (12/29-1/1)
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (12/29-1/3)
Rikugien Garden (12/29-1/1)
Hamarikyu Onshi Teien (Hama Detached Palace Garden) (12/29-1/1)
Ueno Zoo (12/29-1/1)
Tama Zoo (12/29-1/1)
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Calendar Events
to be enjoyed in January 2015
HOKKAIDO & TOHOKU 北海道・東北
Date
Dec. 27 ~ Feb. 28
Zao Juhyo Light-up at Zao Onsen Ski Ground, Yamagata, Yamagata Pref., features the lighting up
Juhyo , known as "Ice Monster", trees covered with frost, along the Zao Ropeway Sancho Line and
around Jizo Sancho Sta., from 5 pm to 9 pm daily on the following days; Dec. 27th-Jan. 4th, 10th12th, 17th, 18th, 24th-Feb. 28th. On Jan. 31st, an event in which skiers and snowboarders holding
torchlights descend on the Uwanodai ski slope under a fireworks display is held from 7:15 pm to
8:30 pm.
Access
The JR Yamagata Shinkansen Line or JR Ou Honsen Line to Yamagata Sta. From there, 45 min. by bus to Zao Onsen
Bus Stop, and then walk 15 min. to Uwanodai Gelande Ropeway Sta.
URL
http://www.zao-spa.or.jp/jyuhyo/lightup
所在地
山形県 山形市 蔵王温泉
蔵王樹氷ライトアップ
最寄駅
JR奥羽本線又はJR山形新幹線山形駅より、バスで45分蔵王温泉下車、上ノ台ゲレンデ ロープウェイ駅へ徒歩15分
Date
◇
Jan. 2
Access
The JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Morioka Sta. From there, the IGR Iwate Ginga Tetsudo Line and the JR Hanawa
Line to Hachimantai Sta., and then walk 2 min.
Dainichido Bugaku, an ancient court dance with music at Ohirumenomuchi Shrine, Kazuno, Akita
Pref. This Bugaku with a 1,300-year history is handed down through generations in the village and
is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The
performance of Bugaku is dedicated to the Shrine from around 8 am to 12 noon.
URL
http://www.akitafan.com/events/detail.html?event_id=10339
所在地
秋田県 鹿角市八幡平 大日霊貴神社
大日堂舞楽
最寄駅
JR東北新幹線盛岡駅よりIGRいわて銀河鉄道とJR花輪線で八幡平駅下車、徒歩2分
Date
◇
Jan. 14
Matsutaki Matsuri or Dondo-yaki, Bonfire Festival to conclude New Year's season, at Osaki
Hachimangu Shrine, Sendai, Miyagi Pref. This festival has a 300-year history. New Year's
decorations are burnt in holy fire in prayer for prosperity and good health, following the ritual from
4 pm. The similar festivals of this kind are usually held around Jan. 14th at many other shrines
throughout Japan.
Access
The JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Sendai Sta. From No. 29-2 Bus Stop, 25 min. by bus, every 4-10 min. (operated
between 4 pm and 9 pm) to Osaki Hachimangu-mae Bus Stop.
URL
http://www.oosaki-hachiman.or.jp/festival/matsutaki/
所在地
宮城県 仙台市 大崎八幡宮
松焚祭/どんど焼き
最寄駅
JR東北新幹線仙台駅より、No. 29-2乗場から4-10分間隔発のバスで(午後4時から9時の間運行)で25分、大崎八幡宮前下車
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Date
◇
Access
Jan. 17, Jan.15 & Jan.26
Hadaka-mairi, shrine homage paid by partly attired youths, Morioka, Iwate Pref., is scheduled at (1)
Kyojoji Temple from around 5:30 on the 14th, (2) Morioka Hachimangu Shrine from around 4:30 pm
on the 15th, and (3) Sakurayama Shrine from around 4:30 pm on the 26th.
(1) Kyojoji Temple: The JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Morioka Sta. From there by bus to Morioka Shikaku-shien
Gakko-mae Bus Stop, and then walk 5 min.
(2) Morioka Hachimangu Shrine: About 15 min. by bus bound for Chabatake from JR Morioka Sta. to Morioka
Hachimangu-mae Bus Stop, and then walk 1 min.
(3) Sakurayama Shrine: The JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Morioka Sta., and then walk about 15 min.
URL
http://www.odette.or.jp/?p=1166
所在地
岩手県 盛岡市 教浄寺、 盛岡八幡宮、 桜山神社
裸参り
(1) 教浄寺: JR盛岡駅よりバスで盛岡視覚支援学校前下車、徒歩5分
(2) 盛岡八幡宮:JR盛岡駅より茶畑行きバスで約15分で八幡宮前下車
(3) 桜山神社:JR盛岡駅より徒歩15分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 17
Miyoshi Bonden-sai Festival at Miyoshi Shrine, Akita, Akita Pref., features Bonden , votive offering
for good harvest and prosperity made of bamboo baskets covered with brightly colored cloth and
streamers, being carried by villagers to the Shrine. The highlight will be from around 10:30 am to
12 noon, when about 80 groups of local young men carrying their own Bonden , compete with one
another to be the first in dedicating Bonden to the Shrine .
Access
The JR Akita Shinkansen or Ou Honsen Line to Akita Sta., and then walk 30 min., or 10 min. by bus for Ohira to
Miyoshi Jinja-Iriguchi Bus Stop., and then walk 2 min.
URL
http://www.miyoshi.or.jp/festival/bondensai.html
所在地
秋田市 三吉神社
三吉梵天祭
JR秋田新幹線 又は 奥羽本線 秋田駅より徒歩30分、 又は 大平行バスで10分 三吉神社入口下車 徒歩2分
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 18
Hadaka-mairi, shrine homage paid by half-naked youths, at Shinzan Shrine, Yurihonjo, Akita Pref.
After being purified by cold water, about 300 local young men who carry the offerings on their
shoulders, dash up the 2-km approach with 103 steps to the Shrine on the Higashiyama mountain
from around 9 am to 11 am.
Access
The JR Uetsu Honsen Line to Ugo-Honjo Sta. From there, by bus to Sangencho Bus Stop, and then walk 25 min. to
the Shrine. (It takes about 3 hrs. by JR Limited Express "Inaho" from Niigata to Ugo-Honjo Sta.)
URL
http://www.akitafan.com/sightseeing/detail.html?data_id=1139
所在地
秋田県 由利本荘市 新山神社
裸まいり
JR羽越本線羽後本荘駅よりバスで三軒町停留所下車、徒歩25分で新山神社(新潟より羽後本荘駅までJR特急"いなほ"で約3時間)
最寄駅
Date
◇
Jan. 20
Hatsuka-ya-sai, a night festival at Motsuji Temple, Hiraizumi-machi, Iwate Pref. A parade of
worshippers holding torchlights in their hands starts from Hiraizumi Sta. at 7:30 pm heading for
Motsuji Temple, at where Ennen-no-mai , an ancient dance with music for longevity, designated as
one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, is performed from around 9 pm
until around 12 midnight.
Access
The JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Ichinoseki Sta., and there change for the JR Tohoku Honsen Line to Hiraizumi Sta.,
and then walk 7 min.
URL
http://www.motsuji.or.jp/matsuri/data01.html
所在地
岩手県 平泉町 毛越寺
二十日夜祭
JR東北新幹線一ノ関駅よりJR東北本線に乗り換えて平泉駅下車、徒歩7分
最寄駅
Date
Jan. 30 ~ Feb. 22
Chitose・Shikotsu Hyoto Matsuri or Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Chitose, Hokkaido. Many ice
sculptures exhibited on the shore are lit up from 4:30 pm to 10 pm daily during the festival period.
A fireworks display is scheduled from 6:30 pm to around 6:45 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and
holidays during the festival period. Some more events are scheduled during the period.
Access
55 min. by bus from Shin-Chitose Airport, and then get off at Shikotsuko Bus Stop.
URL
http://www.1000sai-chitose.or.jp/
所在地
北海道 千歳市 支笏湖温泉
千歳・支笏湖氷濤まつり
新千歳空港よりバスで55分、支笏湖下車
名称
最寄駅
2
Date
Jan. 31 ~ Feb. 8
Iwate Yuki Matsuri, Snow Festival of Koiwai Bokujo Ranch, Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate-gun, Iwate Pref.
The festival is highlighted by ice sculptures, snow carvings and many Kamakura (huts made of
snow) illuminated from 4 pm to 9 pm and a fireworks display is scheduled from 7:30 pm, every
night. Many more events such as games and demonstrations of snow boarders are scheduled
during the period.
Access
The JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Morioka Sta. From there, 35 min. by bus to Koiwai Nojo Makibaen Bus Stop.
URL
http://www.iwateyukimatsuri.com/
所在地
岩手県 岩手郡 雫石町 小岩井農場
岩手雪まつり
JR東北新幹線盛岡駅よりバスで35分、小岩井農場まきば園下車
最寄駅
CHUBU 中部
Date
◇
Jan. 6
Access
The JR Takayama Line to Mino-Ota Sta. From there, the Nagaragawa Railway to Hakusan-Nagataki Sta., and then
walk 5 min.
Muika Matsuri or Hana-bai Matsuri Festival at Nagataki Hakusan Shrine, Shirotori-cho, Gujo, Gifu
Pref. Shinto ritual starting at 1 pm precedes Ennen-no-mai (ancient dance with music which is
designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties) performing, and
Hana-bai in which youths scramble to grab five big artificial flowers hung from the ceiling (6
meters in height) of the main hall of the Shrine, scheduled from around 1:20 pm until around 3 pm.
URL
http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp/gifu/212199/detail/21219ba2212054049
所在地
岐阜県 郡上市 白鳥町 長滝白山神社
六日祭り(花奪いまつり)
最寄駅
JR高山線美濃太田駅より長良川鉄道で白山長滝駅下車、徒歩5分
Date
Jan. 10 ~ Mar. 8
Atami Baien Ume Matsuri, Japanese Apricot Festival at Atami Baien (Japanese apricot garden),
Atami, Shizuoka Pref. There are about 470 Japanese apricot trees of 60 species in the garden and
they begin to bloom usually from the middle of January. Various entertainments are scheduled
during the period. The garden is open from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Admission is \300.
Access
(1) The JR Ito Line to Kinomiya Sta., and then walk 10 min.
(2) The JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line or JR Tokaido Honsen Line to Atami Sta. From there, 15 min. by bus bound for
Ainohara-Danchi or Baien, and then get off at Baien Bus Stop.
URL
http://www.ataminews.gr.jp/ume/
所在地
静岡県 熱海市 熱海梅園
熱海梅園梅まつり
最寄駅
(1) JR伊東線来宮駅より徒歩10分
(2) JR東海道新幹線又は東海道本線熱海駅より相ノ原団地行バス又は梅園行バスで15分、梅園下車
Date
◎
Jan. 11
Access
The JR Hokuriku Honsen Line to Kanazawa Sta., and then walk. 20 min., or by bus from Higashiguchi No.3 or No. 6 to
Kenrokuen-shita Bus Stop, and then walk 5 min.
Kaga-tobi-no-Dezome-shiki, the annual New Year's demonstration of the first exercise of
Kanazawa City Fire Department at the Shin-maru Hiroba grounds in Kanazawajo Koen Park,
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref. Acrobatic stunts are performed on the tall ladders by 1,100 firefighters
in traditional attire from 10 am to 11 am.
URL
http://www.kanazawa-kankoukyoukai.gr.jp/event/event.php?ed_no=3174
所在地
石川県 金沢市 金沢城公園
加賀鳶の出初式
JR北陸本線金沢駅より徒歩20分、又は東口3番 又は 6番乗場よりバスで兼六園下で下車、徒歩5分
最寄駅
3
Date
◇
Jan. 14 ~Jan. 15
Niino-no-Yuki-Matsuri, Snow Festival wishing for a rich harvest, at Izu Shrine, Anan-cho,
Shimoina-gun, Nagano Pref., features performances of 14 kinds of local performing arts throughout
the night. It is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. On
the 14th, Onobori , a procession of people in traditional attire, starts from Suwa Shrine at 4 pm
heading for Izu Shrine, arriving there around 6 pm. Thereafter, a big torch is prepared from 9 pm
and set afire at 1 am on the 15th. And then, a demonstration of local performing arts is continually
conducted until around 9 am .
Access
(1) The JR Tokaido Line to Toyohashi Sta., and then take the JR Iida Line to Nukuta Sta. From there, 40 min. by bus
for Niino or Urugi, and then get off at Noson-Bunka Densho Center-mae Bus Stop.
(2) Chuo Kosoku (Highway) Bus leaving Shinjuku in Tokyo for Iida is also available. From there, by bus for Urugi to
Noson-Bunka Densho Center-mae Bus Stop.
URL
http://www.town.anan.nagano.jp/kanko/cat177/000364.html
所在地
長野県 下伊那郡 阿南町 諏訪神社 伊豆神社
新野の雪まつり
最寄駅
(1) JR東海道線豊橋駅よりJR飯田線で温田(ぬくた)駅下車、そこから新野 又は 売木行きバスで40分、農村文化伝承センター前下車
(2) 新宿ハイウェイバスターミナルから飯田行きの中央高速バスで飯田へ、そこより売木行きバスで農村文化伝承センター前下車
Date
◇
Jan. 15
Access
The JR Iiyama Line from JR Nagano Sta. to Togari-Nozawa Onsen Sta. From there, 20 min. by bus to Nozawa Onsen
Bus Stop, and then walk 5 min. to Babanohara.
Doso-jin Matsuri or Hi Matsuri, Fire Festival at Babanohara in Nozawa Onsen-mura, Nagano Pref.,
is held from around 7 pm to 10 pm. A big bonfire shaped like a shrine pavilion prepared in advance
on the ground is set afire at around 8:30 pm praying for driving away the evil spirits and prosperity
of babies plenty. This is the largest festival of this kind in this region, and is designated as one of
the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.
URL
http://www.nozawakanko.jp/spot/dousozin.php
所在地
長野県 下高井戸郡 野沢温泉村 馬場の原
道祖神まつり(火まつり)
最寄駅
JR長野駅よりJR飯山線戸狩野沢温泉駅まで行き、そこからバスで20分野沢温泉下車、馬場の原まで徒歩5分
Date
◇
Jan. 18
Access
The JR Hokuriku Honsen Line to Tsuruga Sta. From there 12 min. by community bus "Kaigan Line" to Dashi Kaikan
Bus Stop., and then walk 3 min.
Tsuruga Nishimachi-no-Tsunahiki, a tug of war, Aioi-cho, Tsuruga, Fukui Pref., is held in prayer for
a rich harvest and a big catch of fish on Nishimachi-dori Street from 12:30 pm to 3 pm. A tug is
25 centimeters in diameter and 50 meters long.
URL
http://www.turuga.org/places/tsunahiki/tsunahiki.html
所在地
福井県 敦賀市 相生町 西町通り
敦賀西町の綱引き
最寄駅
JR北陸本線敦賀駅より コミュニティバス「海岸線」で12分 山車会館下車 徒歩3分
KINKI 近畿
Date
Dec. 1 ~ Mar. 8
Gion Corner Winter Tokubetsu Koen, or Winter Special Performance at Gion Corner, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto. The demonstration of several kinds of traditional Japanese entertainments and arts is
staged twice a day from 6 pm and from 7 pm, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and national holidays
during the period (except from Dec. 29th to Jan. 3rd). Admission is \3,150. For further
information, call 075-561-1119 (in English).
Access
25 min. by municipal bus No. 100 or No. 206 from Kyoto Sta. to Gion Bus Stop, and the walk 5 min.
URL
http://www.kyoto-gioncorner.com/performance/index.html
所在地
京都市 東山区 祇園 ヤサカ会館内 京都ギオンコーナー
ギオンコーナー冬季特別公演
最寄駅
京都駅より市バスNo. 100、No. 206で25分の祇園下車、徒歩5分
4
Date
◇
Jan. 4
Kemari Hajime, the year's first game of Japanese ancient ball-kicking in the precincts of
Shimogamo Shrine, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, is held from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Kemari is an elegant ball
game played by the nobles in the Heian period (794-1192). The players in ancient costumes make
a big circle and gently kick a ball to each other.
Access
35 min. by municipal bus No. 4 or No. 205 from Kyoto Sta., and then get off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae Bus Stop.
URL
http://www.kyokanko.or.jp/kyogoyomi/01january/event-01january/%E4%BA%AC%E3%81%AE%E6%AD%A3%E6%9C%88/13591
所在地
京都市 左京区 下鴨神社
最寄駅
けまり初め
京都駅より市バスNo. 4又はNo. 205で35分 下鴨神社前下車
Date
Jan. 8 ~ Jan. 12
Toka Ebisu or Hatsu Ebisu, the first fete day for Ebisu , the god of wealth at Ebisu Shrine,
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. The festival draws a big crowd of people, especially of merchants who
pray for prosperity in their businesses. Hoekago palanquins in which geisha (female entertainers)
and famous figures sit, are carried to the Shrine from 10 am to around 11am on the 8th & the 9th.
The stalls are set up in the precincts of the Shrine, and vendors sell bamboo branches, a symbol of
good luck, shouting loudly to visitors, "Buy bamboo branches, and your business will prosper ! "
from the 9th through the 11th.
Access
(1) 10 min. by municipal bus No. 17 or No. 205 from Kyoto Sta. to Kawaramachi Matsubara Bus Stop, and then walk 5
min.
(2) The Keihan Railway to Gion Shijo Sta., and then walk 6 min.
URL
http://www.kyoto-ebisu.jp/
所在地
京都市 東山区 恵美須神社
十日ゑびす(初ゑびす)
最寄駅
(1) 京都駅より市バス No. 17又はNo. 205で10分、河原町松原下車、徒歩5分
(2) 京阪電車祇園四条駅より徒歩6分
Date
◇◎
Jan. 9 ~ Jan. 11
Toka Ebisu, the first fete day for Ebisu , the god of wealth at Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Naniwa-ku,
Osaka, is the biggest festival of this kind in scale and feature, in the Kansai region. The festival
draws a big crowd of people, especially of merchants who pray for prosperity in their businesses.
On the 10th, a procession of Hoekago palanquins in which geisha (female entertainers) and famous
figures sit carried by men, starts from Dotonbori at 10 am and arrives at the Shrine around 12:10
pm.
Access
(1) Walk 1 min. from Imamiya-Ebisu Sta. on the Nankai Railway.
(2) The Midosuji Subway Line to Daikokucho Sta. (Exit No. 3), and then walk 5 min.
Kansai refers to an economic and cultural zone consisting of 9 prefectures including Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.
Note
URL
http://www.imamiya-ebisu.jp/toukaebisu
所在地
大阪市 浪速区 今宮戎神社
十日戎
最寄駅
(1) 南海電鉄今宮戎駅より徒歩1分
(2) 地下鉄御堂筋線で大国町駅(3番出口)下車、徒歩5分
Date
◇
Jan. 14
Doya-Doya, Festival of Shitennoji Temple, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, held from 2:30 pm to around 4 pm.
Two groups of loin-clothed youths shouting "Doya-Doya ", scramble to grab wooden talismans
thrown over them from the roof of the Rokujido Hall. The winning group is believed to be blessed
with rich crops for the year.
Access
The Tanimachi Subway Line to Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Sta. (Exit No. 4), and then walk 5 min.
URL
http://www.osaka-info.jp/jp/search/detail/event_5.html
所在地
大阪市 天王寺区 四天王寺
どやどや
最寄駅
地下鉄谷町線四天王寺前夕陽ヶ丘駅(4番出口)より徒歩5分
5
Date
◇
Jan. 14 & Jan. 15
Dai-Sagicho-hoe or Tondo, Big Bonfire at Ebaraji Temple, Sakai, Osaka Pref., is set on fire at 2 pm
on the 14th, and at 5 pm on the 15th. New Year's decorations are burnt in holy fire in prayer for
prosperity and good health. On the 15th, the main statue of Monju-bosatsu , the deity of wisdom,
which was carved by Gyoki , is specially open to the public in the daytime (Admission is \1,000).
Access
The Midosuji Subway Line to Tennoji Sta. From there, the JR Hanwa Line to Tsukuno Sta., and then walk 15 min.
URL
http://www.osaka-info.jp/jp/search/detail/event_7095.html
Note
Gyoki : a famous Buddhist priest (668-749) and a founder of Ebara Temple
所在地
大阪府 堺市 家原寺
大左義長法会(とんど)
最寄駅
地下鉄御堂筋線天王寺駅よりJR阪和線で津久野駅下車、徒歩15分
Date
◎
Jan. 18
Toshiya, a traditional archery meet is held under the eaves of the 120-meter-long hall of
Sanjusangendo Temple, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, from 9 am to around 3:30 pm. About 2,000 archers
including youths who come of age this year, participate in this event from all over Japan.
Admission is free.
Access
15 min. by municipal bus No. 100, 206 or 208 from Kyoto Sta., and then get off at Sanjusangendo-mae Bus Stop.
URL
http://kyoto-design.jp/event/12124
所在地
京都市 東山区 三十三間堂
通し矢
京都駅より市バスNo. 100、206、又は 208で15分、三十三間堂前下車
最寄駅
Date
◇◎
Jan. 21
Access
(1) Walk 15 min. from Kyoto Sta.
(2) Walk 5 min. from Toji Sta. on the Kintetsu Line.
Hatsu Kobo, the first fair of the year at Toji Temple, Minami-ku, Kyoto. Many stalls selling used
kimono , potted plants, secondhand books and the like are set up from around 8 am to around 4 pm.
URL
http://www.digistyle-kyoto.com/event/ichi/post_198.html
所在地
京都市 南区 東寺
初弘法
(1) 京都駅より徒歩15分
(2) 近鉄東寺駅より徒歩5分
最寄駅
Date
◎
Jan. 24
Wakakusayama-yaki, Grass-burning Festival on Wakakusayama Hill, Nara, Nara Pref., is scheduled
for around 6:30 pm, lasting for about 1-2 hrs. This is the traditional festival to herald the arrival of
spring in this region. When it rains, it will be postponed to Jan. 31st.
Access
(1) The Kintetsu Nara Line to Kintetsu Nara Sta., and then walk 5 min. to Kofukuji Temple area, which is one of the
best areas to see the fire.
(2) By bus from JR Nara Sta. or Kintetsu Nara Sta. to Daibutsuden Kasugataisha-mae Bus Stop, and then walk 15 min.
to Nara Park.
URL
http://yamatoji.nara-kankou.or.jp/contents/event.php?contents=0000003819&event=0000000001
所在地
奈良市 春日野町 若草山
若草山焼き
最寄駅
(1) 近鉄奈良駅より徒歩5分の興福寺付近(見物によい場所)
(2) 奈良公園へは JR又は近鉄奈良駅よりバスで大仏殿春日大社前 下車、徒歩15分
Date
◇◎
Jan. 25
Hatsu Tenjin, the first fair of the year at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, features
street stalls selling used kimono , potted plants, food and other items from dawn to dusk. The fair
is as large in scale as the one at Toji Temple on Jan. 21st.
Access
30 min. by municipal bus No. 50 or No. 101 from Kyoto Sta., and get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae Bus Stop.
URL
http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/kitano_event/%e5%88%9d%e5%a4%a9%e7%a5%9e/
所在地
京都市 上京区 北野天満宮
初天神
京都駅より市バスNo. 50 又はNo. 101で30分、 北野天満宮前下車
最寄駅
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CHUGOKU & SHIKOKU 中国・四国
Date
◇◎
Jan. 1, Jan. 2, Jan. 3 & Jan. 5
Bugaku, ancient court dance with music at Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichishi,
Hiroshima Pref. This Bugaku was introduced by Kiyomori Taira , a warlord in the Heian period
(794-1192). The Shinto rites precede Bugaku which is performed from 1 pm to 1:40 pm on the
2nd, from 1 pm to 3 pm on the 3rd, and from 5:30 am to 8 am on the 5th, respectively. (Admission
is \300 each.)
Access
(1) The JR Sanyo Honsen Line to Miyajima-guchi Sta., and then walk a few min. to Miyajima-guchi Pier. From there,
10 min. by ferryboat to Miyajima, and then walk 20 min.
(2) 30 min. by streetcar or bus from Hiroshima Sta. to Hiroshima Ujina Port. From there, 22 min. by hydrofoil to
Miyajima, and then walk 20 min.
URL
http://www.miyajima.or.jp/english/event/calendar01.html
所在地
広島県 廿日市市 宮島町 厳島神社
舞楽
最寄駅
(1) JR山陽本線宮島口駅より徒歩5分の宮島口桟橋から フェリーで宮島下船 (10分)、徒歩20分
(2) 広島駅より市電又はバスで広島宇品港下車 (30分)、高速船で宮島下船(22分)、徒歩20分
KYUSHU & OKINAWA 九州 沖縄
Date
◇◎
Jan. 3
Hakozakigu-no-Tamaseseri, Ball-catching Festival at Hakozakigu Shrine, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref.,
is held from around 1 pm to around 2 pm. Two groups of farmers and fishermen struggle to catch
a sacred wooden ball, which is believed to bring a good harvest or a big catch to the winning team
for the year.
Access
The JR Kagoshima Honsen Line to Hakozaki Sta. and then walk 8 min., or the Hakozaki Subway Line to Hakozakigumae Sta., and then walk 3 min.
URL
http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp/fukuoka/detail/40130ba2212054145
所在地
福岡市 筥崎宮
筥崎宮の玉せせり
最寄駅
JR鹿児島本線箱崎駅より徒歩8分、又は 地下鉄箱崎線 筥崎宮前駅下車 徒歩3分
Date
◇
Jan. 7
Usokae (bullfinch exchange) and Onisube Shinji, Rituals at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Dazaifu,
Fukuoka Pref. Usokae , in which hundreds of people take part in the ritual of exchanging their own
bullfinches made of wood for receiving lucky ones from hand to hand in the dark, starts at 6 pm. It
is said that the owners of these lucky ones enjoy good luck for the year. When the bonfire is
kindled at around 9 pm, Onisube , the main event of the festival, reaches its climax in which about
300 people play roles of oni (devils) and keigo (those who fight against devils) in order to drive
away evil spirits, and bring happiness and good fortune for the year.
Access
The Kuko Subway Line from JR Hakata Sta. to Tenjin Sta., and walk 10 min. to Nishitetsu Railway Fukuoka Sta. From
there, 25 min. by the Nishitetsu Railway to Dazaifu Sta., and then walk 5 min.
URL
http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/sanpai/saiten/special/onisube
所在地
福岡市 太宰府市 太宰府天満宮
うそかえ/鬼すべ神事
最寄駅
JR博多駅より地下鉄空港線で天神駅下車、そこより徒歩10分の西鉄福岡駅から、西鉄に乗り換えて25分大宰府駅下車、徒歩5分
Date
◇
Jan. 8 ~ Jan. 11
Shogatsu Taisai or Toka Ebisu, the first fete day for Ebisu , the god of wealth at Toka Ebisu Shrine,
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Pref. The Shrine is thronged with numerous people to pray for
prosperity every day during the period. On the 9th, Kachimairi , a procession of geisha (female
entertainers) in colorful kimono , starts at around 2 pm from Shimin Taiiku-kan (municipal
gymnasium) through the main streets to the Shrine, arriving there at 3 pm.
Access
The JR Kagoshima Honsen Line to Yoshizuka Sta., and then walk 5 min., or the Hakozaki Subway Line to Chiyo
Kencho-guchi Sta., and then walk 5 min.
URL
http://www.tooka-ebisu.or.jp/schedule.html#link02
所在地
福岡市 博多区 十日恵比須神社
正月大祭(初えびす、宵えびす、正大祭、残りえびす)
最寄駅
JR鹿児島本線吉塚駅より 徒歩5分、又は 地下鉄箱崎線千代県庁口駅下車 徒歩5分
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Date
Jan. 18
Hamayumi-sai or Matobakai Festival of Shioji Shrine, Nagasu-machi, Tamana-gun, Kumamoto Pref.
Hamayumi-sai , shooting three arrows to commence the ceremony, takes place from around 11 am.
Japanese drumming is performed from 12:20 pm. And then, Matobakai , loin-clothed youths
scrambling for a round straw mat, 60 cm in diameter and 6 kg in weight, is held first at the Shrine's
precincts from 1 pm. The fight for obtaining the mat is continued on Kaigan-dori Street and finally
in the water of Ariake Sea. The winner of this fight is believed to be saved from misfortune and
blessed with good luck for the year.
Access
Walk 20 min. from Nagasu Sta. on the JR Kagoshima Honsen Line.
URL
http://www.town.nagasu.lg.jp/kankou/imgkiji/pub/detail.aspx?c_id=43&id=100
http://kumanago.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=430000000957&isEvent=1
所在地
熊本県 玉名郡 長洲町 四王子神社
破魔弓祭/的ばかい
最寄駅
JR鹿児島本線長洲駅より徒歩20分
Closing dates for the New Year's holidays 年末年始休館日
The following museums are closed during the period mentioned below in ( ) for the New Year's
holidays:
【NAGOYA】
The Tokugawa Art Museum (12/15-1/3)
【KYOTO】
Kyoto National Museum (12/24-1/1)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (12/1-3/26; due to renovation)
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (12/28-1/2)
【NARA】
Nara National Museum (12/22, 1/1, 1/5 & 1/13)
Nara Prefectural Museum of Art (12/28-1/4)
【HIROSHIMA】
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (12/29-1/1)
The following Gardens and Amusement Parks are closed during the period mentioned below in ( )
for the New Year's holidays:
【AICHI】
Meiji-mura (12/31, 1/13-16)
【KYOTO】
Kyoto Imperial Palace (12/27-1/4)
Imperial Villas (12/27-1/4)
Nijo Castle (12/26-1/4)
(Nijo Castle Garden is open daily 10 am-4 pm, closed 12/29-31.)
Please enter by 3 pm.
【OSAKA】
Osaka Castle (12/28-12/31), open 11 am-5 pm on Jan. 1, 2015.
Please enter by 4:30 pm.
【HIMEJI】
Himeji Castle (12/29 & 30), open 9 am-5 pm on 12/31.
Please enter by 4 pm.
Note : Sapporo Snow Festival is scheduled for the seven days from Feb. 5 to Feb. 11, 2015.
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