Spring is a season for new beginnings. As we end our hibernation and climb out from underneath our kotatsu, we are greeted by birds singing, flowers blooming, and (thankfully!) rising temperatures. Our excitement can hardly be contained as we start making plans to enjoy the weather. Don’t know where to start? Check out the events calendar for interesting things happening nearby.
While Japan hosts numerous festivals all year round, there does seem to be a noticeable increase as the temperature goes up. This means that there is no shortage of things to do in May!
If you are looking for a bit of international fun, head to Osaka. The city is always hosting a myriad of different events and activities, and May is no exception. Festivals like the “Aloha Summer Festival” and the “Thai Festival Osaka”, which celebrate Hawaiian and Thai culture respectively are sure to be a blast! For fans of German beer and food, check out the “Osaka Oktoberfest” from May 13 to 29.
For something a bit more traditional, head to Kyoto for the Aoi Matsuri. Considered one of the oldest festivals in the world, it hosts numerous events during the first two weeks of May. The main event (May 15) consists of approximately 500 people dressed in Heian Period costumes making their way from the Imperial Palace to Kamigama Shrine (with a stop or two in between). As with all the big festivals, it is quite popular and crowded. So be sure to get there early and secure a good spot!
Whatever your plans for the summer, remember to enjoy yourselves and make the most of your time in Japan. Until next time!