NATIONAL HOLIDAY & EVENTS IN MAY.
- ●May 3rd Constitution Day
- ●May 4th National Holiday
- ●May 5th Children's Day, which is held mainly for boys.
- ●The 2nd Sun. is Mother's Day
Early March to early May
Sake Breweries of Nada Stamp Rally in HYOGO
Pick up a stamp rally card at the first brewery you visit and collect stamps at the other breweries. There is a map on the stamp rally card for you to follow. You may get a small souvenir when you have collected a certain number of stamps and can qualify for a draw for a larger prize. You can sample the sake at each brewery as well as purchasing some to take home.
(Tourism and Exchange Division, Kobe)
Suma Grand Tea Ceremony in Hyogo
May. 2nd & 3rd. It has a history of 1 100 years or more. The Grand Tea Ceremony is held every year in early summer. Ura-Senke & Omote-Senke alternatively host the tea ceremony.
(Kobe Convention and Visitors Association)
Emperor Shomu Festival in Kyoto
May. 3rd to 5th
Sanada Matsuri in Wakayama
It is a festival in celebration for Masayuki & Yukimura Sanada who fought in the famous Battle of Sekigahara (AD 1600).
This festival was started in 1973. In 2000 they decided to have everyone take the ECO Challenge by not leaving any trash at the festival.
Nakayama Kannon Temple in Hyogo
Families can enjoy a small petting zoo, a ride on a mini train or some games.
Nagaokatenmangu in Kyoto
People pray for their children to write calligraphy beautifully for Children's Day.
The 2nd Sun.
It is held on the second Sunday in May.
It is about a 20 min. walk from is JR Wakayama Stn. or Nankai Wakayama Stn,
Beginning of May
Fuji Matsuri in Kyoto
The wisteria trees are 250 years old.
When this flower blooms, Byodo-in is crowded with a lot of people.
Aoi Matsuri in Kyoto
There is a procession of people dressed in traditional Heian clothing from Shimogamo Shrine to
It was started in the sixth century and is one of Kyoto's major festivals.
Mifune Boat Festival in Kyoto
Arashiyama Kurumazaki Shrine
A parade of boats carrying people dressed in Heian clothing float down the river.
This festival was started 1 100 years ago.
It was started in 1971 as a festival for Kobe citizens to participate in.
Events are located on Flower Road, The Old Foreign Settlement, Higashi Yuenchi Park, Motomachi, Harborland, Shin-Kobe, etc.
The Main Theme: Greenery, Sea & Love
Catchphrase: Let's enjoy ourselves. The whole town is a stage.
Uchiwa Maki in Nara
Fans are thrown by the priests and are kept as good luck charms for the coming year for whoever catches one.
Antique Fair in Kyoto
Kyoto Trade Fair Center
Take the bus from Takeda Stn. on the JR Kyoto Line or on the Karasuma Subway Line to the Pulse Plaza-mae bus stop.
It is a regular fair where hundreds of thousands of antiques are exhibited & sold. In addition to pottery, handicrafts & kimonos from all over Japan, various antiques are also displayed from
many parts of the world. The fair offers a different perspective on antiques than seen in art museums. Admission free.
The middle of May
Unoha-Shinji in Osaka
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
It is a ceremony that celebrates the anniversary of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine's opening.
There is court dance and music performed on a stone stage. A great number of people attend this festival.
Nanko Matsuri in Hyogo
Minatogawa Jinja Shrine
Many visitors come watch the shigin contest (recitation of Chinese-style poems) & participate in the rice-cake scattering event.
Saturday & the final Sunday in May.
Peron Matsuri in Hyogo
They hold dragon boat races in Kobe Bay.
There are a lot of events, a parade & fireworks.
From May to the middle of Sept.
Kamogawa Kawadoko in Kyoto
About 80 restaurants & inns open their patios overlooking the Kamogawa for lunch & dinner.
Everyone can enjoy traditional meals by the river to in the summer.
Kibune no Kawadoko
The patios of restaurants & inns also open their patios by the river like in Kawaramachi.
The temperature is cooler by 5-10℃ in Kibune than in Kawaramachi
in the summer and the views are more spectacular.
Roses are in full bloom
Roses are in Bloom* Kyoto
Uji Botanical Garden
Kyoto Botanical Garden
2 000 plants with 300 varieties of roses.
Roses are in Bloom* Osaka
4 000 plants with 89 varieties of roses.
5 400 plants with 67 varieties of roses.
Hanahaku Tsurumi park
2 600 plants with 450 varieties of roses.
Nagai Botanical Park
2 300 plants with 160 varieties of roses.
Flowers can be enjoyed in all the seasons of the year in one of the top-rated flower gardens of Kansai.
4 000 plants with 600 varieties of roses.
7 000 plants with 250 varieties of roses.
Roses are in Bloom* Hyogo
Itami Rose Garden
3 500 plants with 250 varieties of roses.
4 000 plants with 160 varieties of roses.
Himeji Rose Park
3 500 plants with 800 varieties of roses.
2 500 plants with 100 varieties of roses.
Aramaki rose Park
10 000 plants with 250 varieties of roses in one of the best gardens in Kansai.
Roses are in Bloom* Nara
500 plants with 80 varieties of roses.
1 800 plants specializing in English roses.
Wisteria are in full bloom
Wisteria are in Bloom* Kyoto
The age of a tree is 250 years old.
When this flower blooms, Byodo-in is crowded with a lot of people. But beautiful.
Wisteria are in Bloom* Nara
The wisteria of over 200 trees.