Events Calendar: January 2020

This article originally featured in the January 2020 issue of Connect.

 

 

Block 1

Souunkyo Onsen Icefall Festival
January 23 – March 15
Kamikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Shikaribetsu Kotan Festival
January 25 – March 22
Shikaoi Town, Hokkaido Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
January 24 – February 16
Chitose City, Hokkaido Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Hirakasa Hadaka Mairi
January 8
Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri Night
January 26, February 2, 11, 16, 24
Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Miyoshi Bonten Festival
January 17
Akita City, Akita Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

3rd Hasshoku Ramen Festival
January 11 – January 13
Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

 

Block 2

Dontosai Matsuri
January 14
Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Sendai Hatsu-uri
January 2
Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

35th Niigata Jazz Street
January 18
Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Dynamite Carnival in Suginosawa
January 18
Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Muikamachi Onsen Kamakura Matsuri
January 24 – February 23
Muika Town, Niigata Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Yamagata City Hatsuichi
January 10
Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Sakata Sea of Japan Cod Festival
January 25 – January 26
Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Yaya Matsuri
January 15
Shonai Town, Yamagata Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Sai no Kami
January 14
Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Takada Big Tug-of-War Festival
January 11
Aizumisato Town, Fukushima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Block 3

Toride Takoage Taikai and Dondo Matsuri
January 11
Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Shorinzan Nanakusa Taisai Daruma Ichi
January 6 – January 7
Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Torioi Matsuri
January 14
Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Kawarayu Onsen Yukake Festival
January 20
Naganohara Town, Gunma Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Kisoji Ice and Snow Festival
January 25
Okuwa Village, Nagano Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Togakushi Dondo Matsuri
January 18
Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

22nd Kakeyu Onsen Ice Lantern Festival
December 26 – January 31
Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Mushasai Festival
January 4
Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Utsunomiya Dezomeshiki
January 5
Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Icicles at Ashigakubo
January 5 – February 24
Yokoze Town, Saitama Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Kawagoe Kita-in Daruma Hatsuichi
January 3
Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Dezomeshiki
January 6
Kumagaya City, Saitama Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Block 4

Furusato Matsuri Tokyo
January 10 – January 19
Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Earth Garden Winter Festival
January 18 – January 19
Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Japan Brewers Cup 2020
January 24 – January 26
Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Hiregasaki Obisha Ritual
January 20
Nagareyama City, Chiba Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Chakkirako Festival
January 15
Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

2020 Chinese New Year
January 25 – February 8
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Japan Brewers Cup 2020
January 24 – January 26
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Atami Plum Garden Festival
January 11 – March 8
Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Bishamon Tendai Festival
January 31 – February 2
Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Omatsuhiki Festival
January 7
Tabayama Village, Yamanashi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Kawaguchiko Winter Fireworks
January 18 – February 23 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

 

Block 5

34th Sea of Japan Nabe Festival
January 11 – January 12
Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Kota Takoage Matsuri
January 12
Kota Town, Aichi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Morozaki Sagicho Matsuri
January 26
Minamichita Town, Aichi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Whisky Lovers Nagoya 2020
January 19
Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Aichi Pop Culture Festival 2020
January 12
Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Akigami Onsen Subzero Forest
January 1 – March 31
Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Koinobori Kanzarashi
January 20 and February 2
Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Shirakawago Light Up
January 13, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16
Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Underwater Tug of War
January 19
Mihama Town, Fukui Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Star Festival
January 15
Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Kanazawa City Dezomeshiki
January 5
Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Block 6

Kobe City Dezomeshiki
January 5
Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Nankinmichi Chinese New Year Festival
January 24
Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Tokoji Temple Ta-asobi/Oni Festival
January 8
Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Toka Ebisu
January 8 – January 12
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Yutate Kagura
January 20
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Omato Archery Competition
January 12
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Hokoku Shrine Toka Ebisu
January 9 – January 11
Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Katsube and Sumiyoshi Fire Festival
January 11
Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

 

Block 7

Doya Doya
January 14
Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Tsunahiki Shinji
January 19
Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Imamiya Ebisu Toka Ebisu
January 9 – January 11
Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Haraso Matsuri
January 13
Owase City, Mie Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Yumitori
January 18
Toba City, Mie Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Wakako Matsuri
January 9
Nabari City, Mie Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Otateyama Matsuri
January 25 – January 26
Nara, Nara Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Onihashiri
January 14
Gojo City, Nara Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Mt. Wakakusa Yamayaki
January 25
Nara, Nara Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Kishu Snow Play
January 25
Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

 

Block 8

Toka Ebisu
January 9 – January 11
Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Tsubaki Matsuri
January 31 – February 2
Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Todo Okuri
January 13
Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Otsuki Coral Illuminations
December 1 – January 18
Otsuki Town, Kochi Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

23rd Kokubunji Winter Festival
January 19
Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Taisanji Chikara Mochi
January 19
Kamiita Town, Tokushima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

New Year’s Special
Awa Performance
January 2 – January 3
Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

 

Block 9

New Year’s Grand Ushitsuki
January 12
Okinoshima Town, Shimane Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Katae Sumitsuke Festival
January 12
Mihonoseki Town, Shimane Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Daikokuichi
January 7
Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Kaminoseki Shinmei Festival
January 26
Kamizeki Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Okayama Korakuen
Shoshun Matsuri
January 1 – January 3
Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Momotesai
January 20
Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

26th Yoshiwa Daitondo Matsuri
January 11
Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

3rd Kagura Co-Performance Show
January 19
Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Otake Oyster Festival
January 26
Otake City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

 

Block 10

Tamaseseri
January 3
Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Daizenji Tamataregu Oniyo Festival
January 7
Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Kasuga Mukoshi
January 12
Kasuga City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Crucian Carp First Market
January 19
Kashima City, Saga Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Toka Ebisu Matsuri
January 10
Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Taihou Tug of War
January 11
Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Nagasaki Lantern Festival
January 24 – February 9
Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture
Website in English and Japanese

Horan Enya
January 12
Bungotakada City, Oita Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

 

Block 11

21st Lake Midorikawa
Dondo Matsuri
January 12
Misato Town, Kumamoto Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Uezu Fukae Yasaka Shrine
Naked Festival
January 20
Shohoku Town, Kumamoto Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Light-weight Bullfighting Competition
January 1 – January 3
Tokunoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Sankome
January 7
Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

28th Ibusuki Nanohana March
January 25 – January 26
Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

41st Motobu Yaedake
Sakura Festival
January 18 – February 2
Motobu Town, Okinawa Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Nago Sakura Festival
January 25 – January 26
Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Shiwasu Matsuri
January 17 – January 19
Misato Town, Miyazaki Prefecture
Website in Japanese only

Aojima Shrine Hadaka Mairi
January 13
Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture
Website in Japanese only