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2020 April Best Events in Japan
- April in Japan is known for its pleasant days and pastel cherry blossoms. But the inviting weather offers ample travel opportunities aside from the sakura events. This guide will give you great recommendations for April events across Japan that aren’t solely focused on sakura. Kyoto: Miyako Odori (都をどり) Miyako Odori Miyako Odori Held at the Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto from April 1st to 27th, this traditional dance of 8 scenes is a jewel of Japanese culture. The performance features local settings through the passing of Kyoto’s four seasons and offers a dramatic finale brimming with cherry blossoms. Witness more than 140 years of history at this classical dance. Tickets can be purchased online.Web site: http://miyako-odori.jp/english/ Miyako Odori Aichi: Inuyama Festival (犬山祭) Inuyama Festival Inuyama Festival Taking place in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, from April 4th to 5th, what sets this festival apart is the “Yoyama.” Traditional floats with 365 lanterns parade through the nighttime city, illuminating cherry trees and bustling streets alike—an ethereal experience not soon to be forgotten. The lanterns are lit around 6p.m.Web site: https://inuyama.gr.jp.e.jm.hp.transer.com/festival.html Gifu: Takayama Spring Festival (春の高山祭り) Takayama Spring Festival Takayama Spring Festival On April 14th and 15th, the city of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture holds its Spring Festival, complete with its renowned “hikiyama,” or traditional floats with ornate decorations. There are 11 of these prized floats, and 3 of them feature special puppet performances of daring displays. Web site: http://www.hida.jp/english/festivalsandevents/4000208.html Takayama Spring Festival Kanagawa: Kamakura Festival (鎌倉まつり) Kamakura Festival Kamakura Festival From Sunday to Sunday, April 12th to 19th, Kamakura holds its annual spring festival. Of particular interest is the “yabusame,” or mounted Japanese archery. This time-honored display features an archer shooting targets while riding a galloping horse, and it takes place at 1 p.m. on April 19th. Saitama and Yamanashi: Shibazakura Season (芝桜) HitsujiyamaPark Hitsujiyama Park (羊山公園) in Saitama Prefecture is famous for its vibrant spring arrangements of shibazakura, or moss phlox, and it’s easy to see why. With 9 varieties of shibazakura covering an area of 17,600 sq. meters, this park blossoms into a vivid wonderland during the Shibazakura Festival from late April to early May. The crown jewel of the event, Shibazakura Hill, is sure to wow you.Web site: https://translate.google.co.jp/translate?hl=ja&sl=ja&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fnavi.city.chichibu.lg.jp&sandbox=1 Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival Tochigi: Ofuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park (あしかがフラワーパーク 大藤まつり) Ōfuji Festival, Ashikaga Flower Park Featuring a 150-year-old wisteria tree whose lavender blossoms fall from 1,000 sq. meters of trellis, the Great Wisteria Festival offers up a different shade of spring. White, yellow, and pale red wisteria form serene tunnels while azalea bushes blush from below. Expected event dates are from April 11th to May 20th, with nighttime light-ups also planned.Web site: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/fujinohana_special2020/en/index.html Tokyo: Kurayami Festival at Okunitama Shrine (くらやみ祭) Kurayami Festival at Okunitama Shrine Known as the Darkness Festival, this lively event runs from April 30th to May 6th in Fuchu City. The main spectacles take place at night, such as the procession of traditional floats and the “komakurabe,” a horseback competition where 6 riders take 3 individual laps through the street.Web site: https://www.ookunitamajinja.or.jp/matsuri/5-kurayami.php ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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