Festivals/Events/Sports Clubs/Traditional Sports

Festivals in Japan

Festivals/Japan Information Network/Japan Atlas
(Famous festivals in Japan by region)

Japanese festivals

Major Festivals in Japan

Toka Ebisu Festival: in Osaka City, 10th January, celebrating the
prosperity of business

Sapporo Snow Festival: in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, 5-10th February

Doll's Festival(Hinamatsuri) : Whole country at home, 3rd March, celebrating girls'
health and happiness by decorating a set of dolls

Hakata Dontaku Matsuri Festival : in Hakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture,
Kyusyu Island, 3-5th May

Sanja Matsuri Festival: Asakusa in Tokyo, four days in May
/Sanja Matsuri (Three Shrine Festival)

Gion Matsuri Festival : in Kyoto City, 17th July
Gion Matsuri Festival/pictures

  Gion Matsuri: Night Festival /Movie


Nebuta Matsuri Festival : in Aomori City, 3-5th August

Akita Kanto Matsuri Festival : in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, 3-6th August

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri Festival : in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture,
6-8th August

Awaodri Dance Festival : in Tokushima City, Shikoku Island, 12-15th August

  Awa Odori Tokushima City/Movie

Chichibu Yo-Matsuri Festival : in Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture,
2-3rd December

Festivals in Tokyo

Sanjya Matsuri Festival : Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, mid of May
(16-18 May)

Fukagawa-Matsuri Festival: Tomioka-hachiman-jinjya Shrine, Tomioka,
Kotou-ku, Tokyo, 14-18 August

Azabu-jyuban Festival: Azabu-jyuban street, Minato-ku, Tokyo,mid of August

Movies: YouTube

Festivals in Japan

Festival of Japan Asakusa Sanja Matsuri/ Tokyo

Gion -Matsuri Festival in Kyoto

Fireworks/other events

Fireworks in Summer in Tokyo

In Tokyo, as well as other regions in Japan, the fireworks is the most popular
event in summer. During the period between the end of July and the end of
August, you can find the fireworks events in many places in Tokyo and in
other Kanto region. The firworks usually starts at around 7:00pm
and it countinues for one and half-two hours. The following are the major fireworks being provided every year. You will make sure the date and time before you attend the fireworks, as its schedule may be changed.
Visit at the web site such as Japanese Fireworks.com.

Sumidagawa Fireworks
26(last saturday in July) July, 7:10pm-8:30pm
At around Sakurabashi-bridge, Kototoibashi-bridge, Komagatabashi-
bridge along the Sumidagawa River
Station: Asakusa Station on Ginza Subway Line

Yokohama Open Port Minato Festival
20 July, 7:30pm-8:40pm
At Yokohama Park
Station: Kannai Station on Negishi Line

Tokyo Bay Fireworks
10 August, 7:00pm-8:20pm
At Harumi, Takeshiba, Minato Futo Park
Station: Kachidoki Sattion on Toei Ohedo Line, Hamamatsucyo Station
on JR's Yamanote Loop Line, Odaiba Station on the Yurikamome Line

Jingu Gaien Fireworks
7 August, 7:30pm-8:30pm
At Jingugaien, Shinjuku-ku
Station: Sendagaya Station on JR's Sobu Line, Gaienmae Station on
Ginza Subway Line

Japanese Fireworks.com/Programs for the whole country


Amusement Parks & Other Events

Tokyo Disney Land & Tokyo Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney Resort Home

Access to the Tokyo Disney Resort

How to get the Tokyo Disney Resort from downtown Tokyo:

1.Take subway and get off at Tokyo Station
2.Take JR's Keiyo Line at Tokyo Station(on the basement floor)
3.Get off at Maihama Station(taking 15 minutes from Tokyo Station)
4.Walk from the south gate of the Station

Tokyo Disney Land/ About Park, Park Schedule

Tokyo Disney Sea/Park Guide,Park Schedule, Hotel Miracosta

Nearby Hotel:

in the Park
Disney Ambassador Hotel/Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

Hilton Tokyo Bay:
Tel.:047-355-5000, Fax: 047-355-5019
Located at: 1-8, Maihama, Urayasu-City, Chba Pref.


Disney's Easter Wonderland - Tokyo Disneyland

TOKYO DisneySEA Summer Oasis Splash

Tokyo Olympic 2020

Tokyo Olympic 2020 will be held during 24 July - 9 August, 2020 in Tokyo.

Japanese Olympic Committee

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Venues PR Video/Movie

Vision for the Tokyo Olympic 2020

Allocation of stadiums for the Olympic games

New Main Stadium


Olympic Village

Sports Clubs/Fitness Clubs in Japan

Sports Clubs in Japan

There are a lot of sports clubs in Japan, especially in urban areas.
They provide facilities/equipments for various sports and fitness
options. Group exercise can be obtained at sports clubs/fitness
clubs. Some sports clubs offer food and beverage.
It is easy to get membership of the sports clubs/fitness clubs.
You will be asked to show your ID card(passport, driver's license
card or health insurance card).
Some sports clubs may require admission charges, but usually there
is no charge for admission. Some clubs ask for the payment on
admission procedures(3000-5000yen).
Monthly charges for the use of the club differ by clubs.
Membership allowing the use of club for the whole time may cost you
13000-15000yen per month. Night time membership may cost you
Usually, sports clubs open 7:00-23:00.

Sports Clubs/Fitness Clubs in Roppongi/Azabu Area


TIPNESS Roppongi

Hills Spa/Roppongi Hills Spa, Motoazabu Hills Spa



Tokyu Sports Oasis Aoyama

Public Sports Centers/Facilities

Many local governments in Japan have sports facilities for their
residents and visitors. Fees for the use of such facilities are
generally very cheap and usual fees are 4-500 yen per day for
the local residents and workers who have working place in the
local area and 700-1000 yen for visitors living(working) outside
the area. To use such public sports facilities, you may be asked,
at the time of admission, to show your ID card.
Money savers have to ask the availability of public sports
centers at your local area. It is necessary to make reservation
for the use of the facility, like tennis court, in advance.

Minato-ku Sports Center:
03-3452-4151, Open: 9:00am-9:00pm
Located at: 3-1-19, Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Three minutes walk from Tamachi Station, JR
Yamanote Loop Line

Traditional Sports in Japan


Sumo is the national sport of Japan. The Sumo wreslers (Rikishi)
weighing over 130 kg. in average offer tournaments as specified
below. The tournament matches start at 10:00am and end at
6:00pm everyday during two-week tournament.
Grand champion sumo wrestler " Yokozuna" appears after 5:30pm.

Grand Tournament (Hon-basho) Schedule

1.January Tournament: Kokugikan, Tokyo
2.March Tournament: Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka
3.May Tournament: Kokugikan, Tokyo
4.July Tournament: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
5.September Tournament: Kokugikan, Tokyo
6.November Tournament: Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Fukuoka

To enjoy the Sumo tournament, tickets can be obtained
at box office of Kokugikan, at some convenience stores
and ticket(box) offices(Play Guide).
The tickets cost: 3600yen-14300yen
For detailed information, visit the Nihon Sumo Kyokai's web site/
Ticket Infromation, How to Buy.

Nihon Sumo Kyokai/ Japan Sumo Association/
Grand tournament information, tour schedule, ticket information,
Sumo record book, etc.


Location of Kokugikan:
1-3-28, Yokozuna, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Two minutes walk from Ryogoku Station, JR's Sobu Line

Enjoy Sumo tournament matches on TV:
During the period of the Grand Tournaments, NHK(Semi public
broadcasting organization) broadcasts the matches on TV.
In Tokyo, NHK is the channel 1, broadcasting during
To see the low ranked wrestlers' matches, you can enjoy them
with NHK's digital/ satelite broadcasting channels.

As for the results of the matches, you can see them with
sports news on TV, newspapers, on the Internet ( news
/ sports news pages).

SUMO/ How to see the tournament,etc.

The Charms of Sumo and How to Watch a Match in Japan

Sumo Rankings/for the latest Basho(Grand Tournament)

Sumo Museum

Sumobeya at Ryogoku area/in Japanese

Watching Sumo Training:

Watching Keiko (Morning Sumo Practice)/its rules

How To Watch A Sumo Morning Training Session - GaijinPot


An afternoon at Sumo in Toky



This is also a traditional sport of Japan.
Judo means the way of flexibility or the way of adaptability.
There are many Judo schools and clubs. Judo training
facilities are called as " Dojyo."

Dudo/History, practice, etc.

The Kodokan Judo Institute/About Judo, school information,etc.
Most famous Judo school in Japan
Located at: 1-16-30, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3818-4172

Judo Information Site/ What is Judo, FAQ, Techniques of Judo,
Find Judo Club in the World,etc.

International Judo Federation/News, records, etc.


Karate is a martial art and it literally means the way of empty
hand, because no weapons are used.
There are many sects of Karate and a lot of schools and clubs.
Training facilities of Karate are called as " Karate Dojyo."

Karate/History, practice,etc.

Search Karate Dojyo/ in Japanese

Japan Karate Association
Located at: 2-23-15 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5800-3091

World Oyama Karate Organization

World Karate Federation/News, Calendar, Rules, etc.


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