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Osaka Events

Shitenno-ji 'Doya Doya' Festival

A festival where two groups of lightly clad (headbands and loincloths only) young men compete for possession of an amulet.

Date: 14 January 2018 - 14 January 2018
Venue: Shitenno-ji Temple.
Cost:

Free.


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: 11 March 2018 - 25 March 2018
Venue: Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.
Cost:

 From 4,600 Yen per day.


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 April 2018 - 30 April 2018
Venue: Osaka Castle Park.
Cost:

Free.


Shoryo-e Festival

This festival features 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: 01 April 2018 - 30 April 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Shitenno-ji Temple.
Cost:

Free.


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 2018 - 02 July 2018
Venue: Shoman-in Temple, Tennoji area.
Cost:

Free.


Tenjin Matsuri

Osaka's annual Tenjin Festival sees a spectacular procession of thousands of people in traditional costumes carry exquisite portable shrines from Temmangu Shrine to Tenjin Bridge. There they board more than 100 ornamented boats and barges to proceed from the Dojima River to the Okawa River. Nightfall finally brings a dazzling fireworks display. This enormous and dramatic festival dates back to the 10th century and is one of the largest events of its kind in Japan.

Date: 24 July 2018 - 25 July 2018
Venue: Temmangu Shrine to Tenjin Bridge.
Cost:

Free.


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 2018 - 01 August 2018
Venue: Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine.
Cost:

Free.


Shinnosai Festival

Osaka's Shinnosai Festival is dedicated to the guardian god of Doshomachi, Osaka's medicine district, and to Shinno, the divine founder of medicine from China.

Date: 01 November 2018 - 30 November 2018
Venue: Sukunahikona Jinja Shrine.
Website: http://www.sinnosan.jp/
Cost:

Free.


Toka Ebisu Festival

One million people pass through the sixth century Imamiya Ebisu Shrine during the three-day January festival to pray to Ebisu (or informally, 'Ebessan'), the god of business and wealth. The shrine maidens sell lucky bamboo fronds (fukusasa) loaded with lucky charms and coin talismans. Their offer is: 'Buy a frond and your business will prosper'. It's certainly a profitable time for the frond sellers. The highlight of the festival is 'Toka Ebisu' (10th Ebisu) when colourful palanquins bear geisha and other celebrities through the lantern-lit streets.

Date: 01 January 2019 - 31 January 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Imamiya Ebisu Shrine.
Cost:

Free.