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ONOIKE HYDRANGEA GARDEN (Gunma prefecture): Late June to early July; 20 varieties of hydrangea, illuminated 7-9 p.m. during the festival; 10-minute ride from JR Shibukawa Station on Jyoetsu Line or Shibukawa Ikaho I.C. on Kanetsu Express; free; 0279-22-21111.
66TH ALL JAPAN INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (Nagano prefecture): June 23-26; top 32 teams in men’s and 16 teams in women’s divisions throughout Japan compete at White Ring, Nagano City Mashima Sogo Sports Arena, 15-minute bus ride from JR Nagano Station; 026-283-7977.
GUJO ODORI FESTIVAL IN AOYAMA (Tokyo): June 24, 5-8:30 p.m. & June 25, 5-8 p.m.; more than 10,000 participants expected at Aoyama Elementary School playground at 5 p.m.; pdori lessons for beginners 4 p.m. Friday, for children 3 p.m. Sunday; products and crafts on sale at 1 p.m. Friday & Saturday; two-minute walk from Gaien-mae Station on Ginza Line; 0575-67-0002; www.gujohachiman.com/kanko/index_e.htm.
100TH JAPAN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Aichi prefecture): June 24-26; top Japanese athletes compete in track and field at Paloma Mizuno Sports Park, 15-minute walk from Mizuho Endojo-nishi Station on Nagoya City Subway Sakura-dori Line or five-minute walk from Mizuho Undojo Higashi Station on Nagoya City Subway Meijo Line; 1,500-2,500 yen adults, 1,000-1,500 yen junior and senior high school students; 03-5321-6580.
CHALLENGE TROPHY RUGBY MATCH (Tokyo): June 25, 7:30 p.m. kickoff; between Japan’s National Team and Scotland’s National Team at Ajinomoto Stadium, five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 3,000-4,000-5,000-6,000-7,000-8,000 yen for advance tickets; 03-3401-3290.
EARTH DAY MARKET TOKYO: June 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; fresh food by farmers from neighboring cities and great chance to communicate between food producers and consumers; the Keyaki Street of Yoyogi Koen; free; 12-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; Earth Day Tokyo 03-5315-4405.
TOHOKU ROKKON SAI FESTIVAL –TOHOKU SIX-SOUL FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): June 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & June 26 , 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Aomori Nebuta, Akita Kanto, Morioka Sansa and Yamagata Hanagasa, Sendai Tanabata (Star Festival) and Fukushima Waraji Matsuri parades 2:30-7:20 p.m. June 25 and 12:30-2:45 p.m. June 26, along streets of Aomori city; other events scheduled; 018-866-6676; http://www.rokkon.jp/purpose/index.html.
NEXT GENERATION WORLD HOBBY FAIR 2016 SUMMER (Chiba prefecture): June 25 & 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; play new computer games and see booths from companies such as Epoch, Nintendo, Konami, Segaat Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls No. 9-11, a five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free admission; 03-5389-8101.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR AT YOYOGI PARK (Tokyo): June 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; on Yoyogi Keyaki Namiki Street, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 03-6407-6011; http://antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml.
KUKI IRIS AND LAVENDER FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through June 26, 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; 3,500 iris flowers in 50 varieties will be in bloom, along with lavender blooming at Shobu Joshi Ayame Garden, Kuki city; eight-minute ride from Shiraoka Shobu I.C. on Ken-o Express or 15-minute ride from Shiraoka Kano I.C. on Ken-o Express; free; 0480-85-0311.
HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL AT YOKOHAMA HAKKEIJIMA SEA PARADISE: Through June 26, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. weekdays, until 10:30 p.m. weekends; 20,000 hydrangeas, Seaside Line, Hakkeijima Station; free admission, 1,000 yen parking; www.seaparadise.co.jp/english.
HIROSHIGE UTAGAWA – LANDSCAPES ALONG WITH THE TOKAIDO ROAD AND MOUNT FUJI (Tokyo): Through June 26; featuring ukiyo-e paintings by Hiroshige Utagawain display at Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 700 yen for adults, 500 yen for senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/index-E.html.
BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 200 dealers in the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093.
ITAKO IRIS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through June 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; one million irises at Maekawa Garden, five-minute walk from Itako Station on JR Kashima-Line or 15-minute ride from Itako I.C. on Higashi Kanto Express; free; 0299-63-1187.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen; 03-3226-6800.
SAWARA IRIS FESTIVAL 2016 (Chiba prefecture): Through June 28, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; 400 varieties of iris flowers at Suigo Sawara Municipal Aquatic Botanical Garden, 20-minute bus ride from JR Sawara Station to Suisei Shokubutsuen, or bus available from JR Sawara Station; 700 yen adults, 350 yen children; 0478-56-0411.
SAITAMA SUPER ARENA FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): June 28 & 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 100 amateur and licensed antique dealers at Community Arena of Saitama Super Arena, two-minute walk from JR Saitama Shin Toshin Station on Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 090-8814-5101.
KAKEGAWA KAMO IRIS GARDEN (Shizuoka prefecture): Until June 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; one million irises; five-minute ride from Mori Kakegawa I.C. on Shin Tomei Express; 1,500 yen adults, 1,200 yen ages 65 & older, 450 yen kids; 0537-26-1211.
LUPINUS FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): Through June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; pink, violet, red, orange, yellow and other colorful 10,000 lupinus in one-acre garden at Risokyo, 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 550 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com/event/index.html.
LOVE ON THE FLOOR (Tokyo): June 30-July 9; ice dancing show performed by top figure skaters such as Kristi Yamaguchi, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Daisuke Takahashi and more at Tokyu Theatre Orb; 9,000-11,000-13,000-15,000 yen; Disk Garage 050-5533-0888; http://theatre-orb.com/lineup/16_lof/.
HANANOBE-NO SATO HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through early July, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 60,000 hydrangea flowers at Hananobe-no Sato, the biggest hydrangea garden in Japan; 15-minute ride from Katsura Station on JR Sotobo-Line; 650 yen adults, 450 yen kids; 0470-70-1127.
OPENING OF MOUNT FUJI: July 1, Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, formally opens for the climbing season, which lasts until Aug. 31; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, where it takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo (6:40 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 5:55 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.); costs 2,700 yen (03-5376-2222/0555-73-8181 Keio Bus).
HOKUSAI MANGA – SKETCHES OF THE UNIVERSE (Tokyo): July 1-28, closed Mon., except July 18; featuring sketches by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) in 15 volumes; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 700 yen adults, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/index-E.html.
TOKYO BAY CRUISE: July 1-Oct. 10, 7:15-9 p.m.; leaves Takehashi Pier Terminal, seven-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (north exit); 2,600 yen adults, 1,050 yen senior and junior high school students, 550 yen elementary school students, 500 yen discount for making a reservation on the web site on July 1, 4-8 & 11-15 www.nouryousen.jp/payment.html ; 03-3437-6119.
IRIS FESTIVAL RUINS OF TAGA CASTLE PARK (Miyagi prefecture): Through July 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3 million irises, along with live performances, open-air tea services and more on weekends; Tagajyo city, five-minute walk from ride from Kokufu Tagajyo Station on JR Tohoku Line; free; 022-211-2822; www.miyagi-kankou.or.jp/tourist_infomation/en.
WIND-BELL FESTIVAL AT NISHI-ARAI DAISHI (Tokyo): July 2-31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., until 5 p.m. weekends; more than 500 varieties of wind-bells from Japan are on display and on sale; Daishi-mae on the Tobu Daishi Line branching off at Nishiarai Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line; 03-3890-2345.
12 ROOMS 12 ARTIST - TOKYO STATION GALLERY: July 2-Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; featuring about 80 art works by Lucian Freud, a representative artist in the 20th century, Ed Ruscha, along with 10 other creators at 12 exhibition halls; Tokyo Station Gallery; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen senior high school and college students, free aged 15 & younger; 03-3212-2485; www.wjrcf.or.jp/gallery.
FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through July 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; 10,000 hydrangea flowers in 30 varieties; Fuchu Kyodo-no Mori Museum, 10-minute ride from Kunitachi Fuchu I.C. on Chuo-Express or 20-minute walk from Fuchu Honmachi Station on Musashino/Nambu-Lines; 200 yen adults, 100 yen kids; 042-368-7921.
LA PITTURA PARIETALE ROMANAA A POMPEII (Tokyo): Through July 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; featuring 80 frescoes from the collections of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and Archiviodell’Arte – Luciano Pedicini on display at Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 yen college and senior high school students, 600 yen children; 03-5777-8600.
YOMIURILAND LIGHTNING BUG VIEWING (Tokyo): Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through July 3, 7:30-9 p.m.; 300 yen adults, free ages 15 & younger; 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City; 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 044-966-1111; www.yomiuriland.com.
MITO HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through July 3; 60 varieties of hydrangea, 6,000 trees in Mito Howa Garden, along with live performance and open-air tea services and more on weekends; take a bus from JR Mito Station North Exit on Jyoban Line, get off at Suehiro San-chome bus stop; free; 029-232-9189.
NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Through July 4; 1,000 varieties of hydrangea flowers are in bloom, illuminated after sunsets and also live concerts daily at 2 p.m., guided tours, seminars and more at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/hydrangea2016/.
TOKYO METROPOLITAN TEIEN ART MUSEUM – GEMME E GIOIELLI DEI: Through July 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed 2nd & 4th Wed.; featuring 20 works of portrait paintings from the Medici family along with 60 jewels from the collection of the Silver Museum in Florence’s Palazzo Pitti; seven-minute walk from JR Meguro Station on Yamanote Line; 1,400 yen adults, 1,120 yen college students, 700 yen children; 03-3443-0201; www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/en/exhibition/160422-0705_medici.html.
IRIS FESTIVAL RUINS OF SANNO CASTLE PARK (Miyagi prefecture): Through July 6, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; 200,000 irises at the ruins of Sanno Castle Park, Kurihara city, 20-minute ride from Tsugidate I.C. on Tohoku Express; 510 yen adults, 250 yen children; 0228-52-2111; www.miyagi-kankou.or.jp/tourist_infomation/en.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND/DISNEYSEA “TANABATA” STAR FESTIVAL 2016 (Chiba prefecture): Through July 7, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; The Tanabata Festival originated from a Chinese legend that told of two stars, Vega and Altair – lovers who were separated and allowed to meet only once a year on July 7; Disney’s annual “Tanabata” Star Festival, featuring “Wishing Place” at the World Bazaar (Disneyland) and Hudson River Docks in the New York Area (DisneySea) where visitors can make a wish on a strip of paper, along with a special “Star Festival Greeting” parade (twice a day at Disneyland and DisneySea, schedules subject to change; see the schedules at www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/calendar/june_e.html, and click on the day you will visit), by Mickey Mouse and his friends and more; Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
TAKAHATA FUDOSON HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through July 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; known as Asia’s most beautiful spot to view 7,800 hydrangeas in 250 varieties; five-minute walk from Takahata Fudoson Station on Keio-Line, 30-minute ride from Shinjuku Station; free; 042-591-0032.
TOKYO SUMMERLAND HYDRANGEA GARDEN: Through July 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; in the Hydrangea Garden, Family Park area, 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno City; 600 yen adults, 300 yen children; 042-558-6511; www.summerland.co.jp/english/index.html.
LAKE KAWAGUCHI HERB FESTIVAL: Through July 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; see more than 100,000 lavender plants; events include gardening contest, music concerts and more at Yagizaki Park, 75-minute drive from Shinjuku on Chuo Express; Kawaguchiko Town Sightseeing Bureau; 0555-72-3168; www.fujisan.ne.jp/index_e.php.
EU FILM DAYS 2016 (Tokyo): Through July 10, closed Mon.; European Union Film Fair featuring 31 movies at National Film Center, the National Museum of Modern, one-minute walk from Kyobashi Station on Metro Ginza Line; 520 yen adults, 310 yen college and senior high school students, 100 yen children; 03-5777-8600; www.eufilmdays.jp/en.
NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH LILY FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Through July 19; 300 varieties of lilies are in bloom, Lily Garden of Huis Ten Bosch Castle at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/lily/.
IRIS FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): Through July 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 20,000 irises at Iris Garden of Risoukyo, 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 550 yen adults, 200 yen children; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com/event/index.html.
RENOIR EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; more than 100 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) from the Musee du Louvre and Musee de I’Orangerie’s collection at the National Art Center, Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line, or five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen high school students; http://renoir.exhn.jp/en.
TOKYO TOWER ILLUMINATION: Through Aug. 31, 5-11 p.m.; main observatory, open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., at 492 feet high, is decorated with 160,000 blue and white LEDs and ornaments in the design “The Milky Way”; five-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on Oedo Line; 900 yen adults, 500 yen junior and senior high school students, 400 yen kids to main observatory and 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen junior and senior high school students, 800 yen kids to observatory 820 feet; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp.
STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; a 4.5-minute attraction featuring the world of Star Wars in 3-D; 0570-00-8632.
SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO: Through Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; featuring more than 500 items including unique original cartoons, comics drawn before Peanuts, unpublished sketches and art works from the collection of the Charles M. Schultz Museum; 5-6-20, Roppongi, Minato-ku, seven-minute walk from Roppongi Station; fee charged; reservation required; 03-6328-1960; www.snoopymuseum.tokyo/en.
CORMORANT FISHING (Gifu prefecture): Through Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on the river at 6:15, 6:45 & 7:15 p.m. to observe cormorant fishermen — usho — catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,100-3,400 yen/person; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/01_sightseeing/01_01.html. Other places to observe cormorant fishing are Uji River in Kyoto 0774-23-3334; Katsura River in Kyoto 075-861-0302: Kiso River in Inuyama city, Aichi prefecture, 0568-61-0057; Hiji River in Oozu, Ehime prefecture, 0893-24-2664; and Nishiki River in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture, 0827-41-0470.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA 15TH ANNIVERSARY: THE YEAR OF WISHES (Chiba prefecture): Through March 17; commemorating the 15th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo DisneySea, featuring special show Crystal Wishes; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
OKINAWA PEACE MEMORIAL DAY: June 23, 9-11:30 p.m.; pre-night memorial ceremony to remember Okinawa war victims on Wednesday, followed by memorial service Thursday at Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall, 448-2, Mabuni, Itoman city, 40-minute bus ride from Naha Bus terminal; 098-997-2765.
MANZA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 26; the tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen. The races are held in fishing communities throughout Okinawa in late spring and summer; ANA Continental Manza Beach Resort; 50-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-966-1211; www.anaintercontinental-manza.jp.
AYAHASHI TRIATHLON 2016: June 26, 9 a.m.; world-class triathlon race (1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run); Uruma City Kaichu Road Park; 30-minute ride from Okinawa Kita I.C. on Okinawa Express; 090-8292-5431.
17TH SABANI SAILING RACE: June 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sabani (local small-sized boats) are one of Okinawa’s traditions and race 22-mile from Furuzamami Beach on Zamami Island to Naha Port; 098-987-2320; http://www.photowave.jp/sabani_s.
27TH INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT - YONAGUNIJIMA: July 1-3, 7 a.m.; billfish derby by trolling, along with surf-fishing derby in the sea near Yonagunijima and the shore, 90-minute onflight from Naha Airport; 098-87-2241.
39TH ZAMAMI YACHT RACE: July 2, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; 28-mile yacht race from Ginowan Port marina to Zamami Port; 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-987-2320.
33RD PEACEFUL LOVE ROCK FESTIVAL 2016: July 9 & 10, 1:30 p.m.; July 9 featuring Orange Range, Iocofrank, D-51, Asian Chairshot, Civilian Skunk, Anly and more and July 10 features Freddie Eto & Queeness, Jet, Sideways Special Band, Pryzm, and more at Okinawa City Outdoor Stage; 4,000 yen/one-day ticket, 3,500 yen advance ticket, 6,000 yen/two-day ticket, 1,000 yen for kids accompanied by guardians; http://peaceful-love-rock.com.
MIRACLES BY MASTERS: VAN GOGH, CLAUDE MONET, & PAUL CEZANNE AT OKINAWA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM & ARTS MUSEUM: Through Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., closed Mondays; featuring masterpieces of artists from Impressionism at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Arts Museum; 1,300 yen adults, 900 yen students, 2,400 yen pair tickets available by June 12; www.museums.pref.okinawa.jp/english/index.html.
DAEGU INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL: June 24-July 11; exclusive international musical festival scheduled at Daegu Opera House, Kolon Open-Air Concert Hall, Keimyung Art Center, Daegu Donggu Art & Sports Center; +82-2-1330; www.dimf.or.kr.
IRIS FESTIVAL OF THE MORNING CALM (Gyeonggi province): Through June 30; enjoy iris flowers in bloom at the Irish Garden, Seohwayeon Pond; 9,000 won adults, 6,500 won students, 5,500 won children; www.morningcalm.co.kr.
SEOUL INTERNATIONAL CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL: July 6-10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; one of the five major animated film festivals around the world, features all aspects of the animation industrial field including arts, technology, education and more to mingle with people in Dongdaemun Design Plaza Hall 1 & 2; 12,000 won adults, 10,000 won students and children, free ages 3 & younger; www.sicaf.org.
BUYEO SEODONG LOTUS FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): July 8-17; lotus flowers are in bloom at Seodong Park (Gungnamji), and enjoy contests for making paper lotus flowers and lotus flower soap and more; take an intercity bus to Buyeo from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, and take a taxi to Gungnamji; +82-2-1330.
WATER GUN FIGHT FESTIVAL (Seoul): July 9 & 10; area of Yonsei-ro road in Sinchon, Sinchon (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3; +82-2-1330.
WORLD TAEKWONDO CULTURE EXPO (North Jeolla province): July 14-19; 2,000 athletes from 31 countries participate in competitions and seminars; Muju Dome Stadium; +82-2-1330; www.wtcexpo.net.
BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): July 15-24; visitors to Daecheon Beach area experience the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud with activities including mud wrestling, mud sliding more; +82-2-1330; www.mudfestival.or.kr.
HANGANG SUMMER FESTIVAL (Seoul): July 15-Aug. 21; festival features camping, water leisure sports, concert, film screenings, cycling, paper boat racing, traditional art performance and more along Hangang River and parks; +82-2-1330; hangang.seoul.go.kr/project.