Festivals/Events/Sports Clubs/Traditional Sports
Festivals in Japan
Festivals/Japan Information Network/Japan Atlas
(Famous festivals in Japan by region)
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,
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,
Festivals in Tokyo
Sanjya Matsuri Festival : Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, mid of 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
Festivals in Japan
Festival of Japan Asakusa Sanja Matsuri/ Tokyo
Gion -Matsuri Festival in Kyoto
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
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.
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
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
in the Park
Disney Ambassador Hotel/Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
Hilton Tokyo Bay:
Tel.:047-355-5000, Fax: 047-355-5019
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
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
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)
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
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."
Search Karate Dojyo/ in Japanese
Japan Karate Association
Located at: 2-23-15 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
World Oyama Karate Organization
World Karate Federation/News, Calendar, Rules, etc.