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  • May 7, 2020

    Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival

    Japanese fireworks festivals are grand in scale and duration with some lasting for up to two hours! Held in late-November each year, the Nagano Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival (長野えびす講花火大会) is huge...
  • March 24, 2020

    Zenko-ji Omotesando Illumination

    Established in 642, Zenko-ji Temple is the spiritual and physical heart from which Nagano City grew. The road leading to the temple, known as the Omotesando or 'Pilgrims Path' now connects the ci...
  • April 6, 2020

    Nozawa Onsen ‘Dosojin’ (Fire Festival)

    **Please note, due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, it has not yet been confirmed whether the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival will go ahead in January 2022. We will update this page once an announce...
  • February 12, 2020

    Narai-juku Ice Candle Festival

    This quietly beautiful festival takes place in the first week of February, bringing warmth into the cold winter night. The historic post town of Narai-juku is lined with ice candles and snow sculptur...
  • November 2, 2019

    Nagano Setsubun Festival

    Setsubun (節分) means the last day of winter, or the day before the beginning of spring. It is held on February 3rd every year. This day is also known as the Bean-Throwing Festival in English. In Japan...
  • May 1, 2017

    Kanbayashi Onsen Sendayaki (Fire Festival)

    The Kanbyashi Onsen Sendayaki is a small but fascinating fire festival taking place in February each year. The event sees members of the ‘Mitake-kyo Chusei-kosha’ – a Shinto sect that worships Mount O...
  • March 5, 2020

    Nagano Tomyo Lantern Festival

    The Tomyo Lantern Festival, set to take place in February 2022, has been cancelled due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the new 'quasi-State of Emergency' status that will be in effect in ...
  • November 4, 2019

    Snow Monkey Beer Live

    Snow Monkey Beer Live combines two of life’s great pleasures, great beer and great music in a one-day festival that packs a big punch! The focus is small craft breweries with leading brewers from acr...
  • November 18, 2021

    Zenko-ji ‘Gokaicho’ Festival

    Visitors heading to Nagano in the first-half of 2022 have the chance to join one of Japan’s great Buddhist festivals, with the city’s near-1400 year old Zenko-ji Temple hosting the ‘Zenko-ji Maed...