Luca Wirthmann is a student who was born and raised in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He will live and work in Tokyo as an intern for almost five months in order to get a better understanding of Japanese culture and develop his personality as well as business skills. In the summer of 2024 he will complete his Business Administration studies and plans to do his master’s program abroad. In his free time he’s both playing and watching sports, checking out new museums, and learning new languages.
Get yourself prepared for a wonderful journey in Japan! Here we summed up the top 10 Events in November that Japan has to offer. No matter if you are into History, Food, Sports or Art, we have everything covered for you. So enjoy yourself on your wonderful trip to Japan in November.
- 1. Fukuoka November Grand Sumo Tournament
- 2. Nagano Ebisukō Fireworks Festival
- 3. Hi-watari Festival at Daigan-ji Temple
- 4. teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live-GC
- 5. Karatsu Kunchi Festival
- 6. Utsunomiya Gyoza Festival
- 7. Tokushima Yokai Festival
- 8. Okinawa International Carnival
- 9. Kiyomizu-dera Autumn Illuminations
- 10. Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
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1. Fukuoka November Grand Sumo Tournament
Taking place annually in November, this event signifies the peak of Japan’s six yearly Sumo Tournaments, known as honbasho. With the sumo rankings being revealed a couple of weeks in advance, it offers a unique chance to witness this traditional sport up close. While some broadcasting companies show these fights online, nothing can compare to the atmosphere of the intense final matches of the day, where spectators engage in yelling and applause. Dive into the world of Japanese traditional sports and enjoy yourself by cheering on your favorite sumo warrior.
Date: Nov 12- Nov 26
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2. Nagano Ebisukō Fireworks Festival
Fireworks only in New Year? Not in Japan! Japanese fireworks festivals are renowned for their immense scale and extended duration, often stretching up to a remarkable two hours! Among these vibrant celebrations, the Nagano Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival stands out as a colossal event held annually in late November. What sets it apart is its unique timing; it’s one of the few major fireworks displays that grace the autumn season. With its origins tracing back to the late 19th century, this festival now features astonishing 40.000 fireworks, casting a brilliant view of colors, illuminating the night sky.
Date: Nov 23
Official Website: https://www.nagano-cci.or.jp/
3. Hi-watari Festival at Daigan-ji Temple
The Hi-Watari at Daigan-ji Temple is a must-visit for travelers seeking a taste of tradition and culture. This enchanting festival’s main event is priests and volunteers from the public striding over fiery hot coals without any footwear. But be careful, unless you are a brave warrior who can resist some heat for a couple of seconds. Otherwise, we wouldn’t recommend you to take this short walk due to potential injuries. But feel free to watch the fire walking ritual by professionals in front of the Gomadou Hall.
Date: 3 Nov
Official Website: https://www.takaosan.or.jp/english/asceticism.html
4. teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live-GC
Mifuneyama Rakuen, located in Takeo, Saga Prefecture, boasts of natural wonders, including a 3.000-year-old sacred tree. This lush forest served as the ideal backdrop for the international artistic collective teamLab to craft a fantastical environment known as “A Forest Where Gods Live.” The exhibition showcases 22 extraordinary individual installations, each providing a wholly unique experience through the interplay of light and sound. So you definitely can’t go wrong with visiting this fabulous art exhibition.
Date: July 14- Nov 5
Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/mifuneyamarakuen/
5. Karatsu Kunchi Festival
The three-day autumn festival, Karatsu Kunchi Matsuril still lives on after four centuries at Karatsu Shrine and is celebrated for a plentiful harvest since the Edo period. This Event features beautiful colossal festival floats, so-called Hikiyama, that may be up to 7 meters in height. These floats are dragged through town and ultimately arrive from Karatsu Shrine to Nishino Beach. Of course, the festival is accompanied by some entertaining traditional music of drums and flutes. Make sure to check out the second day of this festival since it’s considered to be the highlight.
Date: 2 Nov- 4 Nov
Official Website: https://www.karatsu-kankou.jp/en/sp/feature/karatsukunchi/
6. Utsunomiya Gyoza Festival
Utsunomiya, well-known for its gyōza, has an annual festival that celebrates these little fried dumplings. The festival goes back to the year 1999 when the Utsunomiya festival was born.
Guests can sink their teeth into numerous dumplings while also satisfying their hunger affordably. A serving of three to six gyōza will only set you back 200 yen! However, the festival offers more than gyōza! While you are eating these freshly made dumplings, visitors can also enjoy music bands or comedians at Miyajazz Inn.
Date: Nov 3 – Nov 5
Official Website: https://www.utsunomiyagyozafestival/
7. Tokushima Yokai Festival
Are you looking for a unique event in Tokushima prefecture and have some knowledge about anime or manga? If so, we would like to introduce you to Tokushima Yokai Matsuri. A festival that features supernatural monsters with local delicacies alongside a march with different kinds of Yokai costumes. For all the anime and manga lovers among you, this festival is definitely something to look out for but other visitors are more than welcome to participate too.
Date: Nov 19
Official Website: https://www.awanavi.jp/archives/event/1830
8. Okinawa International Carnival
The Okinawa International Carnival is a lively and culturally rich event that draws visitors from around the world. This annual carnival, held in Okinawa, is a mesmerizing blend of traditional performances, parades, and cultural exhibitions. You should attend this festival to immerse in the unique spirit of Okinawan culture, as it provides an opportunity to witness the colorful dances. The carnival offers a chance to try mouthwatering Okinawan cuisine, showcasing the island’s multicultural culinary specialties. Furthermore, the warm hospitality of the local people and the lively atmosphere make it an unforgettable experience.
Date: Nov 25- Nov 26
Official Website: https://www.oki-carnival.com/english.html
9. Kiyomizu-dera Autumn Illuminations
Kiyomizu-dera itself is a place to look out for when visiting Japan. But do you know when this over 1200-year-old building is even more worth visiting? You guessed it, in November, or to be more precise whenever seasons change. The Kiyomizu-dera celebrates these changes through illuminating gardens resulting in an interplay of nature and lighting effects. So while you are there you should definitely capture these moments by taking a large amount of pictures.
Date: Nov 18- Nov 30
Official Website: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/visit/special_night_viewing/
10. Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu
Attention all History lovers, this is most certainly an event for you. This is a historical reenactment parade of a feudal Japanese tradition known as ‘sankin kotai,’ depicting the journey of a daimyo. The procession features cosplayers adorned in samurai, geisha, Yakko warriors and princesses, all commemorating the daimyo’s passage through Hakone along the ancient Tōkaidō road—a vital Edo-era route connecting Kyoto to Tokyo. Alongside the procession, you can enjoy marching bands, demonstrations of feudal-era activities, and captivating dance performances.
Date: Nov 3
Official Website: http://www.hakoneyumoto.com/event/8
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