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 March 2017

What's going on in Osaka this month??
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Lilies Garden at Maishima

2.5 million lilies blooming along Osaka Bay!
PLACE : Osaka Maishima Lilies Garden
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Wakanagi Concert
Traditional Japanese Instruments and Entertainment~The Wandering Journey~

We are a Japanese music organization based in Osaka!! We will perform in English as well!
PLACE : Creo Osaka east 1F hall
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Over these two days on Golden week, hundreds of musical acts are scheduled to perform at dozens of venues throughout Takatsuki City. And best of all, admission to all venues is FREE!
PLACE : Takatsuki Gendai Hall, To-en Elementary School, Takatsuki Continued Learning Center Multi-Purpose Hall, Takatsuki Exchange Center Event Hall and other indoor and outdoor venues in Takatsuki
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The International Festival UTAGE 2017 IN OSAKA

One of Japan's largest food events which is held once every 4 years in Osaka, the city of food!
PLACE : Intex Osaka (International Exhibition Center, Osaka, at Nanko)
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Koinobori Festa 1000(Carp Streamer Festival)

You can see more than 1000 of carp streamer in the sky!
PLACE : Akutagawa Sakurazutumi Park
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Taishi Holy Candle Ritual

Light 10,000 candles to respect the Spirit of Harmony of Shotoku Taishi and offer prayers for the happiness of the people.
PLACE : Eifukuji Temple
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Shoryo-e Ceremony

In this 1,000-year-old ritual, court music and dancing is performanced to celebrate the anniversary of Prince Shotoku's death.
PLACE : Shitennoji
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Tokimeki Beach Clam Digging

Spring is the season for clam digging. Collect as many clams as you can then enjoy a fresh catch with a BBQ on the beach.
PLACE : Tokimeki Beach (Tannowa Bathing Beach)
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Yamakage Style Kitchen Knife Ceremony

Lord Yamakage who opened Sojiji Temple is respected as the forerunner of kitchen knife ceremony. Yamakage style ceremony is still preserved to this day.
PLACE : Sojiji Temple
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Mt. Inunaki Releasing of Trout festival

Let's fishing in the greenary mountain.
PLACE : Upper stream of Inunaki Ohashi (Bridge)
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Shell gathering at Nishiki no Hama

Let's go seashell digging!!
PLACE : Nishikinohama Beach Park
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O-taue Shinji Rice Planting Ceremony

A ceremony that recreates the activity of rice planting in a comical fashion.
PLACE : Kumata Jinja Shrine
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Passing through the Mint Bureau under cherry blossoms

Scene to represent Osaka spring. Cherry trees lining approx. 560m road in the Mint Bureau forming a beautiful pink tunnel.
PLACE : Japan Mint
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55th Osaka International Festival 2017
We Love The Osaka Four Orchestras!

The concert by the four orchestras based on Osaka!
PLACE : Festival Hall
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Tulip Festival at Expo Park

100,000 tulip with 32 kinds are in bloom!
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Adult Fan of LEGO® Event

A monthly event only for adult fan of Lego!
PLACE : LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka
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Ninja Action Show

Osaka's first night entertainment show is born!
PLACE : Flamingo the Arusha
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Haru Matsuri Hosha Shinji (Spring Archery Ritual)

A spring festival, designated as an intangible folklore cultural asset, commonly known as Daijasai (Great Snake Festival).
PLACE : Yasaka Jinja Shrine
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Special Exhibition of Sakai Cultural Property

This year's spring exhibition will showcase precious cultural assets that illustrate Sakai's history and culture.
PLACE : As above
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