Wednesday, March 14, 2018

April 2018; Upcoming Kansai Events


3/1-4/8.  "Blades of Beauty" exhibit of katanas, sword hardware and armor at Kosetsu Museum of Art. Near JR Sumiyoshi station (near Kobe). 700 yen.

3/2-4/15. 10:00-20:00. Piece of Peace Part 3: World Heritage Sites built from Lego blocks at the Daimaru department store near Shinsaibashi station. 600 yen.

3/7-5/31. 08:00-23:30. "Green Station Park" event with decorative greenery on the 5th floor plaza above the train tracks at Osaka station.

3/8-5/29. A Tower of the Sun Collection from the 1970 Expo Ethnological Mission. At "Minpaku" the National Ethnology Museum at Banpakku. Near Banpakku Kinen Koen station.

3/14-15,4/3. 14:00-15:30. Seiryo dragon parade at Kiyomizudera in Kyoto.

3/17-5/6. Gojo shita nigiwai shinichi. There will be a special marketplace open in a park near Hikone station.

3/17-5/27. The Botanical Garden near Maiko station with have their spring exhibition.

3/21-4/3. The Dairmaru Department store near Motomachi station will have an exhibition of Audrey Hepburn photos on the 9th floor.
3/24-7/3. 10:00-17:00. "Rebirth" re-opening of the Tower of the Sun statue an Banpakku. 400 yen, you can make your reservation online.

3/24~4/8. Eigamura Sakura matsuri. Cherry Blossom Festival at the Toei movie village.

3/25-4/9. Koriyama castle festival. Parades on the first and last days.

3/24-4/1. 10:00-17:00. Code Geass anime exhibit at the ATC Musuem. 1500 yen.

3/26-4/3.  parade event at Uzumasa. 9-5p. 2200¥. Near Uzumasa station.

3/30-4/1. Pulse Plaza Antique Fair in Kyoto.

3/30-4/8. 18:00-21:00. Night lightup at Kiyomizudera.

3/30-4/14. Cherry Blossom Light-up. Miidera Temple. Near Miidera Station.

4/1. 11:00-. Chainsaw carving event at Itakiso Shrine. Near Wakayama station.

4/1. 13:00. Iaido swordsmanship demonstration at Himuro Shrine near Kintetsu station.

4/1. Around sunset. There will be ice lanterns at Himuro Shrine on the first day of each month. Near Nara Kintetsu station.

4/1. 13:00-17:00. Kouzu Sakura Matsuri.

4/1. 10:00-15:30. Naniwa Puppet Show Festival. Performers (pupper shows, kamishibai storytellers) will be set up along with vendors and craft workshops along Matsuyamachi suji (which is famous for the doll and toy stores) between Sennichimae (near Nipponbashi) and Tsutenkaku. The Shitennoji-Yuhigaoka-mae station.

4/1-8. 10:00-16:00. Sakura Matsuri at Akashi Castle Park.

4/1-24. 12:30, 14:30, 16:10. Miyako Odori. Geisha performance at the Shunjuza theater. Near Chayama station. Tickets from 3500 yen.

4/6-28. 12:00-19:00. Yoshiyuki Ooe "Bozu Bones Born" exhibit at Tezukayama Gallery. Near Namba station.

4/6-8. 10:00-17:00. Himeji Castle gourmet event.

4/6-8. 09:00-17:00. Shigaraki Pottery Festival.

4/7-8. Lupicia Grand Marche. Tea expo at INTEX. Near Nakafuto station. Free entry, you can visit many tea vendors.

4/7-8. Sasayama Castle Sakura Matsuri.

4/7-8. Jinmusai. Festival celebrating the first emperor of Japan at the shrine near his burial mound. Near Kashiharu jingu mae station.

4/7-8. 10:00-15:45. Yagyu Sakura Matsuri.

4/7-5/6. Iga-Ueno Nija Festa. Family friendly event in the town that is a tourist trap for ninja fans. Try shooting blow-darts, throwing shuriken (ninja stars) scaling rafters upside-down....

4/8 (second Sunday of April). 13:00. Yasurai Festival at Imamiya Shrine in Kyoto. A bus ride from Demachiyanagi station.

4/8. Spring Festival of the 47 Ronin. At Oishi Shrine.

4/8. 13:00. Tightrope Lion Dance. At Isenomori Shrine. Maiko Station then a bus and taxi ride.

4/8. 11:00. Cherry Blossom event at Myojuji temple. Near Fukushima station on the Osaka Loop Line.

4/8-10. Spring Festival at Oomiwa Shrine. Near Miwa station.

4/9-15. 19:00~. Multilingual Traditional Culture Week at Nijo Castle. Stage performances at Nijo Castle. There are also a night time lightup event around the castle and a Robot Kimono exhibit in one of the buildings. Entry is about 600 yen.

4/10.10:00-15:30. Hirano Shrine Cherry Blossom Festival. Near Enmachi station.

4/11-5/14. "Inside the Walt Disney Archives" exhibit at the Umeda Daimaru department store. Entry fee is 1200 yen.

4/11-17. Osaka Mint cherry blossom viewing. The mint area will be lit up at night and there will be many food and festival vendors along the river.

4/12-14. Hiyoshi Shrine Sanousai. Near Sakamoto station.

4/13-15. 18:00-21:00. Rokkakudo Illumination. Near Karasuma station. Free entry.

4/13-16. Nagahama Float Festival at Hachimangu Shrine. Near Nagahama station.

4/14-16. Hachiman Festival. Large fire festival at a shrine near Omi Hachiman station.

4/16. La Festa Primevera. A road rally race of vintage cars that travels from Nagoya, through Osaka to Kyoto. The final day leads to the finish line at Kyoto City Hall.

4/18-21. 10:00-17:00. Intermold 2018. Metal stamping , die and mold machinery expo at INTEX (buiding 6). Near Nakafuto station. 1000 yen.

4/19-21. 10:00-17:00. Barrier Free 2018. Expo of handicap accessibility products at Intex (buildings 1-5). Near Nakafuto station. Free entry.

4/19-20. Minakuchi Shrine parade.

4/20-22. Omi Festival at OmiJingu Shrine.

4/20. WhyNot Singles Party. About 2000 yen. At Seven House near Shinsaibashi station.

4/21-22. 10:00-15:00. Bamboo Shoot festival at Nagaoka Tenmangu. Near Nagaokakyo station.

4/21.Internations party at Balabushka. Near JR Namba.

4/21. 10:00-15:00. St. Michaels International School Bazaar.

4/22. Taga Taisha Matsuri parade.

4/22. Shoryoe, a memorial service for Prince Shotoku that is held on 4/22 every year. The service features traditional court music and costumed dances.
At Shitennoji Temple near Shitenoji-YuhigaokaMae station.

4/22. 11:00-17:00. Vegan Festival in Osaka. Near Ogimachi Park.

4/24-25. Performing arts demonstrations at Osaka Tenmangu shrine, including martial arts.

4/26. WhyNot Traffic Light Party.

4/27. 13:00. Dojojishiki Snake Dance. At Dojoji Temple near JR Dojoji station.

4/27-5/6. 10:00-22:00. NikuFes / Meat Festival. Dishes start from 700 yen. At Nagai Park near Nagai station.

4/28-29. 10:00-18:00. Oimatsu Antique Festival.

4/28-29. Art Dive. Craft fair at INTEX. Near Nakafuto station. 700 yen entry fee.

4/29. Takatsuki Koinobori Festival. The carp streamers will be on display from 4/23-5/5.

4/29. 11:00. Tanzan Kemari Festival. Kickball game performed at a mountain shrine with a unique tower. Entry is 600 yen.

4/29-30. Biwako Jazz Fest.

4/29. 11:00. Kemari kickball game at Tanzan Shrine. A bus/taxi ride from Sakurai station.

4/29. Showa Era Day on Showa Day in the Showacho shopping arcade near Showacho subway station.

4/29. Kusatsu Matsuri. There will be a historical parade.

Tatsuno Castle cherry blossom festival

5/4. Sanposan Shrine in Higashi-Omi has a festival with a cliff climbing mikoshi.