Niihama Taiko Matsuri

Thursday, the 15th to Sunday, the 18th of October: Niihama Taiko Matsuri in Niihama city, Ehime Prefecture

It is one of the three largest festivals in Shikoku area following the Awa dance in Tokushima, and the Yosakoi Festival in Kochi. The highlight of this event is the majestic Taiko drumming float carried by 150 men! The taiko float weighs about 3 tons, and measures 5.5 meters high and has a length of 12 meters. This performance is called Kakikurabe… just look at their powerful performance!

●Niihama Taiko Matsuri
Place:The 9 districts in the city
Access:A 15 minute drive from JR Niihama station.
Inquiry:Niihama city’s tourism department 0897-65-1261



Niihama city, Ehime Prefecture

Kawagoe Matsuri

Sat, the 17th to Sun, the 18th of October: Kawagoe Matsuri in Kawagoe city, Saitama Prefecture

Kawagoe is known for its warehouse-style architecture. Kawagoe Matsuri is held at Kawagoe Hikawa-jinja Shrine. The gorgeous Dashi parade through the street impressing people on their way.
The highlight of this festival is “Hikkawase”. When the dashi bump into each other, they shift their front ends towards each other and compete in dance. The lanterns held by the Hikikata crowds are swung to cheer them up. The festival is considered one of the three largest festivals in the Kanto region.

●Kawagoe Matsuri
Place:Kawagoe Hikawa-jinja Shrine
Access: Take a bus from JR and Tobu Tojo line’s “Kawagoe” station, or Seibu Shinjuku line’s “Hon-Kawagoe” station.

【From Kawagoe】
・Tobu bus No.7
・Tobu bus No.1
・Koedo Junkai bus, “Hikawa-jinja mae”

【From Hon-Kawagoe】
・Tobu bus No.5
・Tobu bus No.7 “Kita-machi ” (5 min walk)
・Koedo Junkai bus, “Hikawa-jinja mae”



2-11-3 Miyashita-machi, Kawagoe city, Saitama Prefecture

Kurama Fire Festival

Thursday the 22nd of October: Kurama Fire Festival in Kyoto

This festival is considered one of the three most odd festivals in Kyoto. In the evening, a fire is lit in front of houses and residents carry pine torches, parading through town. It’s so fantastic to see the how the torches are gradually gathered together as the festival reaches its peak.

●Kurama Fire Festival
Place:Yuki-jinja Shrine
Access:10 min walk from Hiei train Kurama station.



1073 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto city

The Shuri Castle Festival
© Okinawa Convention&Visitors Bureau

Sat, the 31st of October to Mon, the 2nd of November: Shuri Castle Festival in Naha city, Okinawa Prefecture

Its a festival reproducing the era when Okinawa was the “Ryukyu Kingdom”.
The highlight is the “Procession of the Ryukyu Kingdom”, which feels as if you traveled to Ryukyu, about 600 years ago! The king and the envoys from China are played by publically chosen people. The parade will consist of about 1,500 people.

●Shuri Castle Festival
Place: Shuri-jo Park
Access:15 min walk from “Shuri” station.


沖縄県那覇市首里金城町1-2 首里城

1-2 Shurikinjōchō, Naha-shi, Okinawa Prefecture

Events for early October

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