Japan is full of festivals, events and some special dates throughout the year. This article will show most of the festivals and events that take place in the month of May.
May starts in the middle of Golden Week - Japan’s biggest holiday. Many people have a week off at Golden Week. The holiday is scheduled to coincide with some of Japan’s best spring weather. It is the peak season for travel. Trains are crowded, roads are blocked and prices are very high.
Constitution Day, May 3
The anniversary of Japan’s new post-war constitution, which came into effect on May 3, 1947.
Day, May 4th A holiday loosely dedicated to nature.
Kodomo no HI - Children’s Day - May 5thIt is a day of hope for the health and happiness of children in Japan. Boys, as usual, follow a tradition and custom of ancient samurai.
Festivals - Matsuri
The reconstruction of a 6th century imperial procession in Kyoto that has been going on since the 10th century. In true Kyoto style, the festival is dark, but authentic. The procession includes about 500 participants in imperial clothing. Each year, a single woman is selected to be the imperial princess of thousands of candidates. She wears no less than 30 layers of kimono in the parade.
Tokyo's Sanja Festival is known for its huge crowds. The festival features mikoshi parades and dance. There are also side events, such as Geisha performances.
A spectacular recreation of an old 1,000-year-old boat. It happens in Kyoto and attracts more than 100,000 viewers. The festival is sponsored by the Kurumazaki Shrine. It is common for celebrities and geishas to visit and participate in the event.
Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Late April ~ late May.
It is one of the most photogenic festivals in the world. About 80 thousand red, pink, white and other flowers are planted in an area of 2.4 hectares with Mount Fuji in the background.
A big spring festival, which takes place in Tokyo, which features about 200 mikoshi (It looks like a moving altar), songs, dances and floats.
Himeji Sakura Festival
Depending on the region and year, this event may take place in May. It is a simple Sakura - Hanami festival held at Himeji Castle.
Shibuya Ohara Matsuri
Ohara Matsuri's version of Kagoshima performed in mid-May in Shibuya. Considered a friendship festival between Tokyo and Kagoshima. It is used to promote Kagoshima tourism and culture in the capital. The festival has 60 dance teams with various Kyushu teams.