- Fri, 2 to Sat 3 December: Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture
- Sat, 6 December: Koga Lantern Festival in Koga city, Ibaraki Prefecture
- Sun, 4 December: Kohata’s Flag Festival in Nihonmatsu city, Fukuoka Prefecture
Fri, 2 to Sat 3 December: Chichibu Night Festival in Chichibu city, Saitama Prefecture
Chichibu Night Festival, or Chichibu Yomatsuri is an annual autumn festival at the Chichibu Shrine. It’s held every December 2nd and 3rd. It’s considered one of the three largest float festivals in Japan following the Gion Festival in Kyoto, and the Takayama Festival in Hida. The highlights are gorgeous floats, like the Kasaboko and Yatai.
●Chichibu Night Festival
Access：3 min walk from Chichibu Subway, Chichibu Station.
15 min walk from Seibu Chichibu Line, Seibu Chichibu Station.
1-3 Banbamachi, Chichibu-shi, Saitama
Sat, 6 December: Koga Lantern Festival in Koga city, Ibaraki Prefecture
The Koga Lantern Festival is also called “An odd festival in the Kanto area”. Huge bamboo rods measuring almost 20 meters high with lanterns attached to them are crashed into each other to extinguish the lantern flames. The festival is also called “okaeri”. The rods are sometimes broken and the sound echoes throughout the festival. You might even see a shower of sparks!
●Koga Lantern Festival
Place：Koga Station West Exit @ the special site for the festival
Access：1 min walk from JR Utsunomiya Line/Shonan Shinjuku Line “Koga” Station.
1 -1-15 Honcho, Koga-shi, Ibaraki
Sun, 4 December: Kohata’s Flag Festival in Nihonmatsu city, Fukuoka Prefecture
This festival is held on every first Sunday in December. Colorful flags are carried and people walk the mountain pathway towards Kohatayama Hayama Shrine. It’s considered one of the three largest flag festivals in Japan and is designated as an important intangible folk culture asset.
●Kohata’s Flag Festival
Place：The old Kohata Daiichi Elementary School
Access：20 min drive from JR Nihonmatsu Station.
Kamasuuchi-55 Kohata, Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima