関西在住の外国人家族のための遊び場情報サイトです。
This website is to provide information about Kansai to foreign families.

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NATIONAL HOLIDAY & EVENTS IN MARCH.

  • kik_title-1.gif●Mar. 3rd Hina Matsuri (Doll's Festival for Girls)
  • ●Mar. 21st Vernal Equinox 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 & 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 & 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.
TEL:078-322-5339
(Tourism and Exchange Division, Kobe)

Mar. 1st to 14th

Omizutori in Nara

Todaiji 東大寺二月堂

TEL:0742-22-5511
This festival for water & fire was in its 1 255th year in 2006.
A big ball of fire is dragged around & the sparks from it fall on the ground.

Mar. 3rd

Hinamatsuri & Hina Nagashi

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March 3rd is Hina-Matsuri, the Doll's Festival for girls. People display a set of dolls and pray for the healthy growth of their daughters. The dolls are displayed from around the end of Jan. to just Mar. 3rd. On that evening, they are put away so that their daughters will be happily married in the future. It is believed that there would be bad luck if they were not put away on Mar. 3rd.

Hinamatsuri in Kyoto

Hokyo-ji Temple 宝鏡寺 Dolls Temple

TEL:075-451-1550
Ancient imperial palace dolls can be seen. People bring dolls that are no longer being used to the temple and bid them good-bye by putting them in a small flowing river.
Adult 600 yen & child 300 yen

Shimogamo Shrine 下鴨神社

TEL:075-781-0010
Hina dolls are thrown into the river to pray for children's good health. There are people dressed in traditional kimonos.

Hinamatsuri in Wakayama

Awashima Shrine 淡嶋神社

TEL:073-459-0043
Women gather from not only Kansai but also from all over Japan to bring their Hina dolls to be thrown into the sea.

Hinamatsuri in Nara

Hokkeiji 法華寺

TEL:0742-33-2261
Mar.1st-20th About 100 dolls from the imperial household are displayed for the public to see.

Mar. 7th

Fire festival of Koya in Wakayama

Koyasan 高野山

TEL:0736-56-2434
There is an annual fire festival held to open Koyasan for hiking in the spring.

The Middle of March

Hanatouro in Kyoto

http://www.hanatouro.jp/index_e.html
Higashiyama-ku,
About 2 400 lanterns light up the path from Shoren-in Temple to Kiyomizudera Temple.
TEL:075-212-8173
Hana Toro Promotion Sponsors Office

Flowers in March

Camellias in full bloom*Kyoto

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Maizuru Shizen Bunka-en

30 000 camellia trees with 1 500 varieties from all over the world.
Maizuru Floral & Green Public Corporation
TEL:0773-68-1187

Nijo Castle

About 620 trees with 120 varieties.

Reian-ji Temple

(Sakyo Ward Path of Philosophy)
35 varieties of camellias can be seen.

Tsubaki-dera Temple (Jizo-in Temple)

One of the camellia trees was planted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Forest of Hanashiri

Showplace of Kyoto camellias

Kyoto Botanical garden

About 600 trees with 250 varieties of camellias.

Camellias in full bloom*Osaka

Kasuga Shrine

There is a camellia tree that is over 300 years old.
TEL:0725-54-0352

Hattori Ryokuchi Park

About 700 varieties of camellias bloom.

Camellias in full bloom*Hyogo

Flower Centre

About 250 varieties of camellias.
TEL:0790-47-1182

Sairinji

About 700 trees
TEL:0795-22-2387

Camellias in full bloom*Nara

Todaiji Temple

One of three famous camellia-viewing places in Nara.
TEL:0742-22-5511

Gokoku Shinto Shrine

23 000 trees with 1 800 varieties of camellias.
TEL:0742-61-2468

Camellias in full bloom*Wakayama

Oshima Camellia Road

2 000 trees line 200 metres of Camellia Road.
TEL:0735-62-3171

You can still enjoy plum blossoms.
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Plum blossom Viewing *Kyoto

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Kitano Tenmangu 京都市北野天満宮

Feb. 25th
http://www.kitanotenmangu.or.jp/eigo/index.html
TEL:075-461-0005
About 2 000 plum trees bloom. Maiko can be seen participating in the festival.
Houbutsu-den is open to the public on the 25th every month.

Umemiya Shrine 梅宮大社

The middle of February-the middle of March
About 550 trees
TEL:075-861-2730

Nagaokatenmangu 長岡天満宮

http://www.nagaokatenmangu.or.jp/index.html
There is a tea ceremony when the plums are in bloom.
TEL:075-951-1025

Plum blossom Viewing *Osaka

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Osaka Castle Park Plum Tree Festival 大阪城公園

About 1 200 trees.
TEL:06-6941-1144

Expo Park Plum Tree Festival 万博公園

http://www.expo70.or.jp/e/index.html
Suita
About 92 kinds such as 650 Beniume and white plum trees.
There are some events.
TEL:06-6877-7387

Nagai Botanical Park 長居植物園

http://www.ocpa.or.jp/n-syoku/
TEL:06-6696-7117

Domyoji Tenmangu 道明寺天満宮

http://www.ocpa.or.jp/n-syoku/
Fujiidera
The middle of February-the middle of March
There are about 800 plum trees blooming splendidly from February to March.
TEL:0729-53-2525

Hiraoka Shrine 枚岡神社

Higashiosaka
About 20 kinds of trees such as Beniume & white plum.
TEL:0729-81-4177

Plum blossom Viewing *Hyogo

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Sumaurayamakamiyuen 須磨浦山上遊園

Suma-ku, Kobe
About 660 trees.
TEL:078-731-2520

Nakayamakannon 中山観音梅林

TEL:0797-87-0024

Bansyu Ayabe Bairin 播州綾部山梅林

25 000 trees
It is famous as the town of the plum tree.

Plum blossom Viewing *Nara

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Tsukigase 月ケ瀬梅渓

Tukigase
About 16 000 trees.
It is known as a famous plum grove in Kansai.
Basho (Poet) also wrote a haiku about the beauty.

Plum blossom Viewing *Wakayama

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Minabegawa village 南部川村

It is the number one place for plum trees in all of Japan.
One million trees
[ Minabe Umesihnkoukan ] There is a umeboshi museum.