May 2018


Events in May 2018

Juvenile salmon release Any one can join to release the juvenile salmon into the Chitose River. Juvenile salmon will return to their spawning grounds about four years later. It will be excited to image their journeys while releasing the juvenile salmon. Mar 1(Thu) to
May 31(Thu)
Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium
Exhibition of gosho dolls preserved by Maeda Family A display of 200 gosho dolls. Gosho dolls are considered to be the most well finished traditional Japanese dolls. Those that have been preserved by the Maeda family have a long and distinguished history that goes back many generations. Apr 19(Thu) to
Jun 25(Mon)
Iomante Fire Festival Spring Version Gathering around a bonfire, Ainu people dance and sing to pray for peace and visitors’ health with Ainu ceremonial dress as they did in the ancient time. Apr 21(Sat)~
Jun 30(Sat)
Lake Akan
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival One of the best Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. There are 2,600 cherry trees include the oldest somei-yoshino which is said to be planted in 1715. Visitors can also enjoy illuminations in the evenings , boat and local food at the food stands. Apr 21(Sat)~
May 6(Sun)
Hirosaki Park
Toyako Long-run Firework Every night for 20 minutes starting at 8:45 pm, the Lake Toyako night sky becomes full of fireworks. The fireworks are moved while being launched, visitors can enjoy them from everywhere in the resort. Apr 28(Sat) to
Oct 31(Wed)
Lake Toya
Odawara Hojo Godai Festival An army of 1,800 warriors consisting of warrior troops, cavalry and gun troops march through the main streets, followed by the brass bands, musical groups including baton twirlers, and groups of civilians such as Odawara Lantern Dance. May 3(Thu) Kanagawa
Odawara Castle Park
Crying Sumo National Tournament Two wrestlers take two infants and present them on a ring against each other. Infants who cries the first loose. The event is believed to bring good health to infants. May 3(Thu) to
Narushima Bishamondo Temple
Dragon Boat Festival At Chinatown80, rice dumplings made by restaurants and shops will be displayed. May 5(Sat) Kanagawa
Yokohama Chinatown
Mazu Birthday Celebration Chinese traditional dance and lion dance will be performed to celebrate the birth of Mazu at Mazu Temple. May 8(Tue) Kanagawa
Yokohama Chinatown
Rose Exhibition Bansuiso will be decorated with a variety of roses including the special breed of roses.Time 10:00 to 17:00. May 8(Tue) to
Himeji Castle Festival Festival begins with a Noh play accompanied by bonfire. The following days will be parades of people dress traditional in costume as welll as traditional bamboo flutes performance. Dance groups, playing Banshu Ondo music, are the highlight. May 11(Fri) to
Himeji Castle
Thai Festival One of the largest and most anticipated ethnic festivals in Japan. It features up to 100 booths selling delicacies, crafts, fruit smoothies and alcoholic beverages. There will also be a full schedule of musical performances on the stage. May 12(Sat) and 13(Sun) Tokyo
Yoyogi Park
Jomon Spring Festival You can experience activities in Jomon Period such as trying on Jomon cloth, making a fire, sewing with the wild boar-made needle. There are also Tsugaru-shamisen performance and Aomori local food. May 12(Sat) and 13(Sun) Aomori
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Lilac Festival With approx. 400 of blooming lilac trees, there will be various events such as lilac give-aways, concerts, origami (paper folding) hands-on learning, kaleidoscope learning and collections and wine gardens. May 16(Wed) to
Odori Park
Sanja Matsuri Nearly 2 million people join the festival. About one hundred mikoshi and portable shrines parade streets. During the festival, Asakusa is packed with food stalls, festival games and revelers amid a lively atmosphere of Japanese drums and flutes. May 18(Fri)~
Sendoji Temple
Goryokaku Festival Parade marches around the streets surrounding the park. The participants dress up as historical figures that have played a part in Goryokaku's history, such as the Shogunate rebels, Imperial forces, or the troops of Commodore Perry. May 19(Sat) and 20(Sun) Hokkaido
Goryokaku Park
Yokohama Port Cutter Race From amateur to professional, more than 200 groups participates in the race. Time 08:00 to 17:00. May 20(Sun) Kanagawa
Yamashita Park
Toyako Tourist Morning Market People can buy the fresh specialty of Toyako Town at low price at the morning market which will be open from 6:00 am to 8:00 am. late May to late Sep Hokkaido
Toyako Hot Spring
Yokohama Dragon Boat Race Over 4,000 participants from 200 teams around the world participate in this event. At the event, you can also enjoy great food and cold beer at food stands. There will be performances by brass bands and amateur bands on the stage. May 26(Sat) and 27(Sun), Jun 2(Sat) and 3(Sun) Kanagawa
Yamashita Park