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Best Japan Spring Festivals

Japan is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. They are also famous for their culture and festivals. Japan celebrates many different kinds of festivals, many of which are held during the spring. Spring festivals in Japan are a time for celebration and new beginnings. It is a time of happiness and good fortune.

Many people consider spring the best time to travel to Japan. Wonderful cherry blossom flowers paint busy streets and countryside in pink. Even though it’s the best time to be in Japan, it’s also the most expensive and very busy with tourists. If that won’t be a problem for you, then you can continue planning your visit during the spring. To make your cherry blossom experience in Japan even better, we compiled a list of the best spring festivals in Japan. Let’s start!

Jindaiji Daruma Doll Fair

If you are unfamiliar with Daruma, it is a traditional Japanese doll that is a famous good luck charm for setting a goal or making a wish.

The Jindaiji Daruma Doll Fair is a yearly event in Tokyo. The event is held to commemorate the life of Daruma, a Buddhist monk who was born in India. The festival is celebrated by an exhibition of around 1000 dolls created by artists from all over Japan. The dolls are sold at the fair and vary in size, shape, and price.

Otaue Rice Planting Festival

Is there a better way to enhance the vitality of the rice grains than dancing and music? The Otaue Rice Planting Festival is one of the most exciting festivals in the Kansai region of Japan. The festival celebrates the planting of rice. There are many similar festivals around Japan, but this one is the most famous because of the ancient rituals used for planting seedlings.

The festival’s highlight is the breathtaking dance performance and traditional Japanese music. Japanese believe music will entertain spirits inside the rice seedlings and help them grow stronger.

Aoi Matsuri

The Aoi Matsuri is one of the three most famous festivals in Japan. The celebration is also famous as the Kamo Festival. It takes place on May 15 every year.

The festival takes place in Kyoto. Several pre-rituals and events happen in the city during the month, but the main event, which is the grand parade, occurs on May 15. Aoi Matsuri has two parts – the procession and the shrine rites. It is held by Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine, two of the most important Kamo Shrines.

Cherry blossoms are a symbol of new life and rebirth. The cherry blossom trees have been planted all over the world, but there is nothing like experiencing them in their native habitat. Japan has many events to celebrate these beautiful blooming trees. If you are in Japan, it is worth checking out one or two of these festivals.

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