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- Seasonal Attractions

Pleasure boats on the Mikuma River and Ukai

KYUSHU

 The Mikuma River flows across Hita City and is called the symbol of Hita.There are Hita hot-spring resorts along the river,tourists may enjoy dinner and Ukai or cormorant fishing in the pleasure boat,which is the characteristic of the hot-spring resort.Cormorant fishingis held from May to October. However,there are no pleasure boats for cormorant fishing only without staying at a hotel. NowI...

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Kotan Festival

HOKKAIDO

Various outdoor activities are held in winter.An ice bar, outdoor baths on the frozen lake, an ice theater, cross-country skis, the walk in the forest, a knight watching,the making of glass, snowmobiles, concerts, and wedding ceremonies on the ice.It is not enough to enjoy the fun in a day due to so many events (From the end of January to the middle of March). ...

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Sapporo Snow Festival

HOKKAIDO

The Snow Festival in particular is a big event in the winter.Different sizes of sculptures made of snow are lined up in the main street park (Odori) of the city center. It is held at the beginning of February every year and world famous for its large scale. ...

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Kamakura Snow Festival

TOHOKU

Kamakura Snow Festival is a traditional winter event in the snowy area of Tohoku and Niigata.Kamakura is a custom that people set up an altar in the "house"(snow cave) made of snow and worship the God of water,and the Kamakura of Yokote is the representative one among them which has continued for 400 years.Children are in the snow cave where candles are lighted and entertain visitors with liquors ...

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Korankei Ravine

CHUBU

Korankei Ravine of Asuke is representative spot of red leaves in Tokai region.From the middle to the end of November ,Red leaves of 4000 maples can be seenon the Taigetsu-kyo (Taigetsu Bridge) which is the symbol of Korankei Ravine.It is superb view of the ravine. ...

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Bullfighting

SHIKOKU

The bullfighting of Uwajima is like that two bulls fight in a ring of 20 meters diameter,and the one who escapes first is considered to lose.As a regular bullfighting it is held on January 2, first Sunday of April, July 24, August 14, fourth Sunday of October,five times every year, from noon two hours every time.Ushioni Festival is also held on July 24, which is worth recommending.All weather type...

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Omagari Fireworks

TOHOKU

The characteristic of the fireworks here is its scale that pyrotechnists of the whole country competefor the technique and quality, which are the highest level of fireworks competition in Japan.As for the meeting to be held at the bank of a river, the neighborhood is surrounded by mountains,the light of fireworks is not interfered which makes pyrotechnists show their techniques fully.That’s why th...

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Cherry trees of four seasons

CHUBU

Generally, cherry trees bloom in spring, but cherry trees in Obara bloom in autumn.If you go to Obara in November, you can see red leaves and blooming of cherry trees at the same time.In addition, Obara is a producer of Washi or Japanese paper,and Washino-Furusato is possible to experience the display of the Japanese paper and its making,where it is not bad to stop by.Blooming season in fall is fr...

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Kiso River Ukai fishing

CHUBU

Ukai or cormorant fishing is a traditional fishery to have continued 1300 years in Japanthat a person in a boat handles a cormorant, and fishes.Tourists can watch the event on a sightseeing boat from bank of the Kiso River during June 1 and October 15.Particularly, night Ukai is emotional the summer of Japan can be experienced.Because meals are included, a reservation is necessary three days in ad...

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Ikazaki Great Kite Contest

SHIKOKU

The contest is held in Ikazaki district of Uchiko town on May 5, participants hold a hand-made kiteand drop other people’s kites, which is very interesting.Anyone can take part in freely, would you like to take part in holding a hand-made kite?There is a group challenging a huge kite, which is a really heartwarming scene....

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Floating of Lanterns with Peace Messages

CHUGOKU

The bereaved citizens who lost relatives and acquaintances in the atomic bomb float hand-made paper lanternsinto the river for a memorial servicewhich is the beginning of the event called Floating of Lanterns, and not only the Japanese participatesbut people from various countries come here and float paper lanterns with messages for peace written on theminto the river.About 10,000 paper lanterns f...

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Nagushiyama Park

KYUSHU

The splendor of azalea in this park is the most gorgeous in Japan for its width and beauty.It is a pity it is accessible only by car.The period of azalea (from the middle of April to the beginning of May) is recommended.                                                                                                               ...

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Bullfighting

OKINAWA

The bullfighting of Okinawa is the entertainment of the common people inherited from the dynasty period.It is a bullfighting not between a bullfighter and a bull but between two bulls.Bullfighting is the culture of all over Okinawa, but the bullfighting held in Ishikawa multi-purpose Domein Uruma City next to Koza is the center of the bullfighting of Okinawa.The state that a human being fights wit...

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