Dwelling to the majestic Mount Fuji and situated only one hour by bullet prepare from Tokyo, the Japanese prefecture of Shizuoka is about to welcome an array of thrilling occasions this 12 months – from Hina doll shows and firefly viewing to spectacular flower festivals and awe-inspiring firework shows. Right here, the group at Tourism Shizuoka Japan summarises a few of the must-visit occasions within the area for every season…
Winter – early blossoms, Daruma doll market and Hina doll shows
Shizuoka is residence to a few of the earliest blooming cherry blossoms in Japan, and the Itokawa Promenade Sakura Pageant (early January to early February) and the Kawazu Cherry Blossoms Pageant (February) provide a unbelievable likelihood to see them. Guests can anticipate huge shows of the well-known flowers, with deeper pink petals flooding the streets, alongside stalls promoting native speciality, Japanese avenue meals and crafts.
The Fuji Bishamonten Pageant is held at Myohoji Temple on the foot of Mount Fuji. This 12 months, the pageant is happening in February (it’s held in January or February because the date varies in keeping with the Lunar New 12 months calendar.) The pageant can be one of many greatest Daruma doll markets in Japan. Many stalls together with the Daruma doll retailers are current and guests can get their very personal Daruma doll from the varied varieties obtainable, which is considered a talisman of fine luck to the Japanese.
In Japan, the Doll Pageant (Hina Matsuri) takes place on third March when households rejoice their feminine kids and pray for his or her continued well being and happiness by displaying conventional Hina dolls of their houses. Previous to the pageant, every winter from January by to March, Kasuisai Temple holds the Kasuisai Doll Pageant which attracts large crowds all eager to catch a glimpse of the traditional temple embellished with over 1,000 intricately made dolls – the most important show of its type in Japan.
Spring – fireflies, large kites and floral shows
In commemoration of its twentieth anniversary, the Lake Hamana Flower Expo 2024 is about to happen at two venues: Hamamatsu Flower Park from March twenty third to June sixteenth and Hamanako Backyard Park from April sixth to June 2nd. Set towards the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Hamana, the colorful floral occasion will showcase gardens by world-famous backyard designers together with winners of the Chelsea Flower Present.
In early Might guests can witness the Hamamatsu Pageant, some of the well-known occasions held throughout the consecutive nationwide holidays known as Golden Week. Courting again 450 years, the pageant is held to rejoice the delivery of a household’s first born baby. In the course of the day the occasion sees giant traditionally-decorated kites battling within the skies on the seashore facet, whereas as night time falls the dazzling floats parade by downtown streets, every representing a neighborhood neighbourhood or district.
A very magical sight, Firefly Viewing at Okawa Onsen Takegasawa Park is a must-see in early June. Stuffed with various natural world, the park comes alive by night time in these months with the unmistakable bioluminescent glow of the beloved bugs. Native specialities resembling wasabi and Japanese avenue meals stalls may also be loved within the park, including to the unforgettable expertise.
Summer season – 3 million blossoms, fireworks, and Mount Fuji
The historic port city of Shimoda in Izu Peninsula boasts the Hydrangea Pageant in June. The pageant is held at Shimoda Park on a hillside the place it seems to be out over the bay. Three million hydrangea blossoms adorn the park and guests can benefit from the vibrant show.
Shizuoka is known for its firework shows, with the most well-liked summer season occasion being seen on the Fukuroi Enshu Fireworks pageant (July). The pageant can be named “Nationwide Fireworks Skilled Match”. High-tier pyrotechnicians collect from throughout Japan to compete. Guests can anticipate awe-inspiring shows and plenty of bang!
July additionally marks the beginning of the Mount Fuji climbing season, with locals and guests alike flocking to ascend the well-known mountain. There are three completely different routes in Shizuoka to climb the mountain, ranging in capability and length.
Autumn – avenue efficiency and foliage
The DAIDOGEI World Cup, an occasion devoted to avenue efficiency artistry, is happening in November in Shizuoka Metropolis. Held yearly for greater than 30 years below the moniker ‘The Metropolis is a Theatre’, this worldwide occasion is one in all Asia’s high avenue efficiency festivals gathering essentially the most proficient avenue performers from across the globe.
In the direction of the tip of the 12 months, the autumn leaves in Shizuoka are simply as stunning as its well-known cherry blossoms and the right option to admire them is on the Atami Baien Momiji Pageant which takes place from mid-November to early December. The backyard that holds the pageant is understood for plum blossoms in spring and guests can witness the foliage of the final leaves in Japan to alter to their fall colors. The spectacular orange and purple hues of Japanese maples are lit up throughout the backyard.
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