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In a land where the old contrasts so starkly with the new, festivals in Japan help to bridge the gap between ancient tradition and modern culture. Below is a selection of Japanese festivals you can experience during your trip to Japan. For more information on additional Japan festivals, celebrations and events, please contact your Travel Specialist.


The Gion Matsuri is celebrated in Kyoto in July. Large floats carry musicians and revelers through the streets, and everything looks a couple of centuries out of place.

Takayama hosts two Japanese festivals for which it is justifiably famous. In April the Sanno Matsuri Festival marks the planting season, and in October the Hachiman Matsuri Festival celebrates the harvest.