3rd Annual Daigo Furusato Exhibition

When: May 3 – 6, 10am – 4pm
Where: Various Locations around Daigo, see these maps for more details
This Golden Week, experience the history and culture of Daigo. During the exhibition a number of sightseeing facilities around Daigo, including the old wooden schoolhouse Uwaoka Elementary School, will be displaying local arts and crafts, hosting workshops, and selling food made from Daigo’s specialty products.


Kita-Ibaraki Hitachi Otsu Ofuna Festival

When: May 2 1 – 4pm, May 3 12:30 – 5pm
Where: Sawawachigi Shrine area, the streets around Otsu Fishing Port, Kita-Ibaraki
This historical event is held once every 5 years in the springtime in Kita-Ibaraki, and has been designated as a National Selected Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The festival boat has no wheels, and is instead carried on a wooden frame by 20 – 30 young people who rock the frame left to right as they go.

Kasama Himatsuri

When: April 29 – May 5, 9am – 5pm
Where: Kasama Geijutsu no Mori Park Event Square, Kasama

Head to Kasama during Golden Week for a pottery festival where over 200 ceramic artists, potteries, and local stores will gather in the beautiful Geijutsu no Mori Park to welcome customers to their stalls to see and buy their unique wares. The food and drink stalls are run by ceramic artists, and you will be able to enjoy a variety of unique dishes made using ceramic ware. There will also be a number of events, including a clay mask auction, a clay mask festival run by elementary school students, and a playground. Check out the PR video here.

9th Annual Koi-nobori Project in Okazeki

When: April 29 – May 5, 9am onward
Where: On the banks of the Kokaigawa River in Okazeki, Toride

Many koi-nobori (carp streamers associated with Children’s Day) will be on display along the Kokaigawa River in the Okazeki area. This year in addition to the usual attractions, there will be a koi-nobori making workshop for kids (free of charge!) and some Mongolian performances. Check out the PR video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVRUgys8kyg&feature=youtu.be


April 29: Rinzo Taiko Performance, Opening Ceremony, Daichi no Odori (dance by Futaba Bunka Kindergarten), Hula Dancing, Old-time Favourite Songs, Morin Khuur (traditional Mongolian instrument) Performance, Mongolian Sumo
May 3: Maiko Taiko Performance, Nankin Tamasudare (traditional street performance), Dance Studio Az, performances by bands, Ukulele Performance
May 4: Original Parasol Workshop (300 yen), Okinawa Sanshin Performance, Ventures Meet
May 5: Performances by bands, Moonwalker (Michael Jackson Dance)

Ryujin Suspension Bridge Koi-nobori Festival

When: April 26 – May 18
Where: Ryujin Suspension Bridge, Hitachiota


Koi-nobori are carp shaped streamers associated with Children’s Day (May 5). During the festival 1000 koi-nobori will be decorate the bridge, local specialties and wild vegetables will be on display and available for purchase, and there will be a photo contest. On May 5 elementary school children and younger can cross the bridge for free.

Ibaraki Airport Festa 2014

When: April 18-20, 10am – 4pm
Where: Ibaraki Airport, Omitama


Come celebrate the commencement of services to Fukuoka and Nagoya at the Ibaraki Aiport Festa 2014. From April 18th, specialty foods from Aichi and Kyushu such as castella (sponge cake), karashi mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and uiro (sweet rice jelly) will be on sale in the airport passenger terminal lobby. You can enjoy a variety of local specialties from around Japan, including freshly cooked chicken wings.

On April 19th and 20th in the Airport Square specialty products will be on sale and stage events will be held throughout the day. You can also enter a paper scissors rock tournament and try to win a variety of prizes, including a pair of return plane tickets!

Saturday Events
Namegata Tourism PR
Onitsuka Sally Performance
Eiji Performance
Itako Tourism PR
Mito Local Idols Performance
Fukuoka Goodwill Ambassador PR and Scissors Paper Rock Tournament
Kiratto Nagoya Mates Tourism PR and Scissors Paper Rock Tournament
Suifu All Stars

Sunday Events
Ogawa Taiko
Omitama Tourism PR
Omitama Chindon Band
Namegata Tourism PR
Ishikawa Elementary School Marching Band
Itako Tourism PR
Bujin Soran Dragon Show
Ibaraki Airport Support Ambassador PR and Paper Scissors Rock Tournament

43rd Annual Kasama Azalea Festival

When: April 19 – May 11, 8am – 6pm

Where: Kasama Azalea Park (Kasama Tsutsuji Kōen), Kasama-shi Kasama 616-7

Cost: 500 yen admission to the park – free for persons with a shōgaisha techō (also admits one caregiver) and children under middle school age

See around 8,500 azaleas of a number of varieties in bloom during the Kasama Azalea Festival. The Kasama Azalea Park encompasses around 7 hectares and the azaleas temporarily turn the hillside brilliant red. During Golden Week a number of events will be held in the park.

Check out the beautiful scenery in this video.