Japan’s 3 Biggest Festivals in May

Don’t miss Japan’s greatest festivals (Matsuri) in May! Introducing 3 biggest traditional festivals in Japan!

Don’t miss Japan’s greatest festivals (Matsuri) this month! Introducing 3 biggest traditional festivals in Japan in May!

-Hakata Dontaku Festival, Fukuoka

Date: 3, 4 May


Hakata Dontaku Festival (博多どんたく) is one of the largest citizens’ festivals in Japan, held in the biggest city of Kushu region, Fukuoka City since 1962. The festival takes 2 days on 3rd and 4th May, during Golden Week holiday every year, attracting over 2 million people. The festival features the parade with dancers in traditional costumes and decorated floats called Hana Jidosha through the city.

Location: Fukuoka City

Website: http://www.dontaku.fukunet.or.jp/

-Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto

Date: 15 May

Copyright: Ann Lee

Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) is one of Koyto’s three greatest festivals along with Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri, which is held on 15th May every year. The festival features a traditional parade of Heian era style and accordingly it originated in 6th century. Over 500 people in traditional dress walk from the Imperial Palace to the Kamo Shrines. For the procession route and schedule, click here.

You can also reserve some seats for viewing the parade! Check the link for more info! ▶ Aoi Matsuri Festival Tickets

Location: Kyoto City

-Asakusa Sanja Matsuri, Tokyo

Date: mid May, 2021

Copyright: Yoshikazu TAKADA

Sanja Matsuri (三社祭) is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo, held annually for 3 days on the third weekend of May at Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple. The festival is held in honor of Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo, the three men who founded Senso-ji temple. Sanja Matsuri is considered as one of the wildest and largest festivals in Tokyo, which welcomes over 2 million visitors in 3 days.

Access: short walk from Asakusa station

More info:

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