It is often said that the events in Osaka mark the passage of time through the year like a clock. Regardless of the month people visit, there is always something exciting happening in the big city. Wether it be a seasonal must-see, like cherry blossom viewing, the autumn leaves, or a yearly festival like the Tenjin Matsuri and the various small festivities happening at local shrines and temples, there is plenty to do. Being in a metropolis offers a great chance to see traditional events, but also music, contemporary art, comedy and theatre, sport and a great selection for the family to do together. If you’d like to dig around to see what’s on offer, use the handy search function, or browse the list below.


Spring is Sumo season in Osaka, and one of the six major tournaments held throughout Japan occurs at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in March. Film buffs should keep an eye out for the Osaka Asian Film Festival, an excellent collection of films from Japan’s international neighbours. The cherry blossom viewing festivals at the end of March herald the beginning of school and a new fiscal year starting in April: the Japan Mint Bureau’s cherry blossom walk has been running for more than 120 years and is the crown jewel of the area. The weather in May and June bring flowers with them: rose garden viewing opens in Nagai Botanical Gardens, Nakanoshima Park, Utsubo Park and Tsurumi Ryoukuchi Park, and if you’ve had enough of that, Irises await you at the Shirokita Gardens.


The traditional spectacle of O-Taue Shinji (a rice planting ceremony) at Sumiyoshi-taisha Grand Shrine in June has been designated an important intangible folk heritage, and not to be missed if you’re into history and culture. A more lively and fun festival in the same month is the Aizen Festival at Shoman-in Temple, where women clad in summer yukata are paraded on long palanquins to the delight of yearning bachelors. July brings Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri Festival with it—a mammoth of an event, and one of the biggest in Japan. Deities from the nearby shrine are paraded up and down the river and everyone drinks, eats and has a great time, with the night ending in fireworks.


Over 20 years in existence, Dance Delight, an annual street dance competition, attracts competitors from overseas to the stage to compete for the grand prize. The seasonal moon viewing festivals in September are best viewed at either Osaka Tenmangu and Sumiyoshi-taisha Grand Shrines, where the event have become spectacle. The world Super Junior Tennis Championships are held at the Utsubo Tennis Center in October, and the Osaka Marathon held later the same month, with the course going right through the city past a number of great scenic spots. The Japanese maple trees burst into colour at the end of November, with visitors flocking to Minoh Falls, one of the best places to see them.


Short days and chilly evenings in December would normally have people staying indoors, but in Osaka everyone heads out to see the various Illuminations around the city; a good example being the Osaka Hikari Renaissance Festival which brings light to the Nakanoshima and Midosuji Areas. Everyone heads to their local shrine on January 1st to make their first prayers for the year, some from 12:00 midnight, and trains run all night on new years to ferry people across the city. For something more light hearted, check out the Doya-Doya festival, a unique festival where men clad in only loincloths wrestle to grab banknotes said to bring good luck as they are splashed with cold water. The Plum Blossom Viewing at Osaka Castle Park marks the end of winter.

Event Guide August 2017

What's going on in Osaka this month??
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Osaka Marathon 2017

32,000 runners run through the city of Osaka, divided into seven rainbow theme colors.
PLACE : Start: Osaka Castle Park, Finish: INTEX Osaka
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Ushitakiyama Maple Festival

Senryo maple in the mountain of Daiitokuji Temple is designated as a natural monument of the city.
PLACE : Ushitakiyama Daiitokuji
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Maple leaves in Settsukyo Park

The best time to see maple leaves in Settsukyo Park is around the end of November.
PLACE : Settukyo Gorge Park
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Peak of foliage at Ushitakiyama

The combination scenery of the Tahoto pagoda designated as an important national cultural property and the colored autumn leaves is definitely one of sights to see.
PLACE : Ushitakiyama Daiitokuji
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Shitennoji Wasso

Shitennoji-Wasso festival is a modern reenactment of early cultural exchange and trade between Japan and its Asian neighbors.he parade of more than 1,000 people clad in accurate reproductions of ancient costumes, shouting "Wasso! Wasso!" is spectacular.
PLACE : Naniwanomiya Ruin Park
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Special Exhibition of Sakai Cultural Property

You can view precious historical cultural properties including temples, shrines, and town houses not usually open to the public.
PLACE : Nanshuji temple, and more other temples and shrines
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Peak of foliage in Osaka Castle Park

Gingko and maple...Osaka Castle has a full range of sites to appreciate these beautifully colored leaves.
PLACE : Osaka Castle Park
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Expo Park Autumn Foliage Festival

Maples, ginkos, taxodium distichums , acer buergerianum and others , total 10000 trees, 20 kinds will be colored in Expo park.
PLACE : Expo Park
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Takenouchi Kaido Touro Street of Lamps

Numerous Andon lamps lining both sides of the Takenouchi Kaido where is oldest public road.
PLACE : Takenouchi Kaido
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Goryo-jinja Shrine Autumn Festival

Autumn Festival at Goryo Jinja Shrine located in the center of Osaka will be held this year again!
PLACE : Goryo Jinja Shrine
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Tengu Festival

This is unique festival features Tengu that is Japanese demon with long nose.
PLACE : Saiko-ji Temple
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The Art of Disney - The Magic of Animation

Exhibition aiming to discover "The Magic of Animation" that was brought by Walt Disney and his animators' imagination, innovation and the technology that made it all true.
PLACE : Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
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Sakai Festival

It features enormous and elaborately staged parade featuring a total of 7,000 participants!
PLACE : Sakai city
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Sensyu Yosakoi Eejyanaika Festival

More than 5000 dancers perform highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music.
PLACE : Rinku Central Park(Main venue), Rinku Park, Kansai International Airport, Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle etc.
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Moon Viewing Festival

Poems are read aloud on Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine's arched bridge. Fantastic Sumiyoshi dance and bugaku, traditional Japanese court music accompanied by dance, are also performed, attracting numerous visitors every year.
PLACE : Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine
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Expo '70 Commemorative Park Cosmos Festa

Approx. 300,000 cosomos flowers in 8 varieties are in full bloom cover all over the field.
PLACE : Expo '70 Commemorative Park
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Kishiwada October Danjiri Festival

Most famous and thrilling festival in Japan!
PLACE : Around JR stations of Kumeda, Shimomatsu and Higashi-Kishiwada
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Ramen Girls Festival

Ramen Girls Festival drawing a crowd of more than 100,000 people last year will be held in Osaka for the first time!
PLACE : Nagai-koen Park
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Autumnal Higan-e Ceremony

The Autumnal Higan-e Ceremony is conducted at each temple during a period of seven days with the middle day falling on the autumnal equinox day when the day and night are of equal length. Higan means to reach enlightenment.
PLACE : Shitennoji
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