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Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossom (sakura) season is celebrated throughout Osaka during the colourful month of April. Families gather in parks for picnics or visit the beautiful grounds at Japan Mint Osaka, which opens to the public for a week during the cherry blossom season.

Date: 01 March 2021 - 30 April 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues


Osaka Sumo Basho

Osaka Sumo Basho is one of the six annual big sumo wrestling tournaments in Japan which attracts huge crowds of sumo fans. Tickets can be purchased on the day if you arrive early in the morning.

Date: 14 March 2021 - 28 March 2021
Venue: Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.


Shoryo-e Festival

This festival features traditional gagaku court dance and music on a stone stage in the Kame-no-ike pond at Shitenno-ji Temple as a memorial service for Shotoku Taishi, the temple's founder.

Date: 22 April 2021 - 22 April 2021
Venue: Shitenno-ji Temple.


Aizen Matsuri

One of Osaka's bigger festivals, this is a Buddhist memorial service during which young women in yukata (light kimono) ride kago palanquins up the route from the station to the temple, shouting encouragements along the way.

Date: 30 June 2021 - 02 July 2021
Venue: Aizendo


Sumiyoshi Matsuri

An ancient summer purification festival starting at the Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine and including a procession all the way to Sakai city.

Date: 30 July 2021 - 01 August 2021
Venue: Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine.


Shinnosai Festival

Osaka's Shinnosai Festival is dedicated to Shino (the Chinese God of medicine) and Sukunahikona-no-mikoto (the Japanese counterpart). The festival is celebrated in Doshomachi, Osaka's medicine district.

Date: 22 November 2021 - 23 November 2021
Venue: Sukunahikona Jinja Shrine


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