Off-base events

More than moss phlox plants in bloom at Hitsujiyama Park in Saitama prefecture, Japan.<br>Norio Muroi/Stars and Stripes
More than moss phlox plants in bloom at Hitsujiyama Park in Saitama prefecture, Japan.

Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.


KYUSHU BEER FESTIVAL 2016 (Fukuoka prefecture): May 27-June 5, noon-9 p.m.; varieties of craft beers such as Far Yeast, Inawashiro, Yamaguchi Beer, Kirishima and more at Amu Square, JR Kagoshima Chuo Station.

JAPAN RESORT HULA GIRL FESTIVAL (Fukushima prefecture): May 28, 10:30 a.m.; hula enthusiasts and a Spa Resort Hawaiians tea, to perform at Spa Resort Hawaiians; 3,250 yen adults, 2,060 yen children, 1,450 yen infant; 0570-550-550.

LAOS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): May 28 & 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; traditional music from Laos performed, food booths and more at Yoyogi Koren, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and 15-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; free; 03-3222-4101.

ONE LOVE JAMAICA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): May 28 & 29, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Central Square near DiverCity Tokyo; free.

YOKOHAMA HANDMADE MARCHE (Kanagawa prefecture): May 28 & 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; At Pacifico Yokohama Halls B, C, D: featuring handmade crafts, accessories, art, food and more by 3,500 creators on display and on sale; three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line; 1,000 yen at door, 800 yen in advance.

SANKEIEN GARDEN — LIGHTNING BUG FESTIVAL (Yokohama): May 28-June 5, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; best time to view is 7:30-9 p.m.; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 045-621-0634/5.

ITAKO IRIS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): May 28-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.


LUPINUS FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): May 28-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.

SAITAMA SUPER ARENA FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): May 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 100 antique dealers at Community Arena, two-minute walk from JR Saitama Shin Toshin Station on Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 090-8814-5101.

HIBIYA PARK OKTOBERFEST (Tokyo): Through May 29, 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; German beers and live performances at JR Shizuoka Station Kitaguchi Hiroba; free admission; 03-3524-0788.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Through May 29; Tat Jingu Stadium, four-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on Sobu-Line or four-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on Oedo-Line; 1,300 yen for the infield bleachers, 800 yen for outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

FUJI MOSS PHLOX FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through May 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 800,000 moss phlox plants bloom in bright purple at Fuji Motosuko Lake Resort, 25-minute ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 600 yen adults, 250 yen children; 0555-89-3031.

SPRING ROSE FESTIVAL IN JINDAIJI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Through May 29, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., open at 8 a.m. weekends, closed Mon.; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,200 roses in 409 varieties; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. May 15, 22 & 29, concerts; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, Bus from Mitaka Station, JR Chuo Line, or Chofu Station, Keio Line, Jindaiji Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop; 500 yen adults, 200 yen children; 0424-83-2300.

TOKYO SUMMERLAND FLEA MARKET: May 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; monthly flea market at the parking lot with 300 booths; 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno city; 042-558-0441.

JAPAN TOUR OF JAPAN: May 29-June 5, 8 cycling teams of Japan and another 8 teams of Italy, Australia, Malaysia, U.S., Iran, and United Arab Emirates compete 747.45 km in eight-stage races throughout Japan; 03-3586-6230.

AMERICAN JASMINE FLOWER FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Through May 31; 1,000 flowers at Ryosenji Temple, where the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Amity was signed in 1854; 3-12-12 Shichikencho, Shimoda city, 10-minute walk from Izukyu Shimoda Station; free; 0558-22-0657.

EDOGAWA SPORTSLAND ICE SKATING (Tokyo): Through May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1-8-1, Higashi Shinozaki, Edogawa-ku, six-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line; adults 510 yen/day, kids 210 yen/day plus adults 310 yen and children 210 yen for shoe rental; 03-3677-1711.

ALEX MOULTON BIKE EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; display of small-wheeled bikes designed by Alex Moulton at Itochu Aoyama Art Square; free; 03-5772-2913.

YEBISU GARDEN PLACE PETER RABBIT HAPPY GARDEN (Tokyo): Through May 31; commemorating 150th anniversary of Ivy Tamai’s birth, featuring a garden inspired from picture books of “Peter Rabbit” with plenty of flowers and greens designed by; Central Square of Yebisu Garden Place; free; five-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 03-5423-7111.

KYU-FURUKAWA TEIEN GARDEN (Tokyo): Through May 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Spring Roses Festival; illumination until 9 p.m. May 13-22, concerts noon & 3 p.m. May 7 & 28; seven-minute walk from JR Kaminakazato Station; 150 yen; 03-3910-0394; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.

PAEONIA LACTIFLORA FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): Early to mid-June, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; see 160 varieties of paeonia lactiflora; Risokyo; 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 550 yen adults, 200 yen for children; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com/english/index.html.

35TH YOKOHAMA KAIKOSAI FESTIVAL 2016 (Kanagawa prefecture): June 1 & 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; celebrate the Yokohama Port opening with entertainment showcase, concerts, air balloon ride, short film fest, marine attractions and more at Queens Stage and Rinkai Park Stage, Minato Mirai 21 and Rinkai Park, four-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai-Line or 13-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on JR Keihin Tohoku-Line; 045-212-5511; www.kaikosai.com.

KANAZAWA HYAKUMANGOKU MATSURI (Ishikawa prefecture): June 3-5; celebrating Toshiie Maeda, a master of Kaga clan who entered a castle of Kanazawa in 1583; parade from JR Kanazawa Station East Square to Kanazawa Castle 2-6 p.m.; dancing on Hirosaka-dori streets 6-8 p.m., and Takigi Noh, musical theater lit by bonfires at Kanazawa Castle Park 7-9 p.m. June 4; JR Kanazawa Station and neighboring areas; 076-220-2194.

YOMIURILAND LIGHTNING BUG VIEWING (Tokyo): Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 3-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.

SHINJUKU CHUO PARK FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): June 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 200 dealers; near Tocho-mae Station on Oedo Line; free; 03-5611-2231.

ODAWARA ROSE FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through June 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Mon.; see varieties of roses and 500 Welsh onion flower heads bloom at Odawara Flower Garden, 20-minute walk from Iidaoka Station on Izu Hakone Railways-Daiyuzan Line; free; 0465-34-2814.

RED BULL AIR RACE (Chiba prefecture): June 4 & 5, 1-4 p.m.; acrobatic flights along with low-altitude courses at Makuhari Kaihin Koen, 15-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on Keiyo Line; 13,000-20,000-25,000-50,000-150,000-250,000-350,000 yen; http://rbar.jp/en/index.html.

IRIS FESTIVAL AT IZU NIJI-NO-SATO (Shizuoka prefecture): June 4-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; see 7,000 iris bloom; 15-minute ride from Shuzenji Station, 90-minute ride from Numazu I.C. on Tomei Express; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen ages 4-12; 0558-72-7111; www.nijinosato.com/index.html.

ODAWARA HYDRANGEA & IRIS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): June 4-19; hydrangea and iris in bloom at Shobuen Garden of Odawara Castle East Moat, illuminated 7-8 p.m.; free; JR & Odakyu Odawara Stations; 0465-22-5002; www.odawara-kankou.com.

MISAWA AMERICAN DAY 2016 (Aomori prefecture): June 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; annual friendship festival co-hosted by Misawa Air Base and Misawa city featuring events including parade, food booths, Pacific Trends band, family fun run, haunted house and a bus tour of Misawa AB starting at the main gate parking lot; 0176-51-1600.

POPPY FESTIVAL AT CHICHIBU KOGEN FARM (Saitama prefecture): Through June 5, daily; about 15,000 blooming starting mid-May, and events include local products on sale, food booths and more May 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29; shuttle bus available from Oyahana and Minano Stations on Chichibu Railways; 200 yen; 0494-62-1462.

SANKEIEN GARDEN – AZALEA BONSAI EXHIBITION (Yokohama): Through June 5, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sankeien Garden — a Japanese-style garden — features historic buildings and seasonal flowers. During this exhibit, see azalea bonsai in the Outer Garden; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen adults, 300 yen seniors, 200 yen kids; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.

ROSES FESTIVAL AT KEISEI ROSE GARDEN (Chiba prefecture): Through June 5, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 10,000 roses in 1,500 varieties along with seminars and more, 15-minute walk from Yachiyo Midorigaoka Station on Toyo Express Line; 755 Shinden, Owada, Yachiyo city; 1,200 yen adults, 400 yen junior high school students, 200 yen elementary school students; 047-459-0106; www.keiseirose.co.jp/english/index.html.

KUNIYOSHI & KUNISADA EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Though June 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays; featuring ukiyo-e paintings by Kuniyoshi & Kunisada Utagawa from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen children; 03-5777-8600; www.ntv.co.jp/kunikuni/english.

SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL AT NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through June 5; at Amsterdam Square; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK POPPY GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through June 7, daily; about 1 million poppy flowers, and events include local products on sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16 & 17; 2-4 p.m. May 31 & June 7, guests can pick poppy flowers; 15 minute walk from Keikyu Line or JR Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282.

ANTIQUE FAIR (Saitama prefecture): June 7 & 8, 11 a.m.-5 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.

KOMAZAWA OKTOBERFEST (Tokyo): June 10-19, 4-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends; German beers and performances at Komazawa Olympic Park Central Square special site, 15-minute walk from Komazawa University Station Tokyu-Denen Toshi Line; free admission; 03-3524-0788; www.okt-fest.jp/okt-kmzw2016.html.

CHAGU CHAGU UMAKKO FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): June 11; 100 horses parade from Onikoshi Sozen to Morioka Hachimangu Shrine at 9:30 a.m. from Onikoshi Sozen Shrine, to arrive at Morioka Hachimangu Shrine at 1:30 p.m.; 15-minute ride from Morioka I.C. on Tohoku Express; 019-601-6327; www.japan-iwate.info.

KOTAGAWA LIGHTING BUG VIEWING (Yamanashi prefecture): June 11, 6-9:30 p.m.; see lightning bugs in the darkness at Yanagihara Shrine, also take a class to make a lightning bug basket, see local agricultural products on sale, take in a Japanese drum performance at 8 p.m. and more; free shuttle from Michino-eki Nirasaki and Yellowhat Nirasaki or a 10-minute ride from Nirasaki I.C. on Chuo Express; 0551-23-6886.

TOKYO BAY “OPERATION CLEANUP”: June 11, 10 a.m.; volunteers needed for “Operation Cleanup” at Odaiba Kaihin Koen shore; Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station on Yurikamome (monorail); 03-5770-6837.

AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): June 11 & 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen; 03-3226-6800.

CARAVAGGIO AND HIS TIMES: FRIENDS, RIVALS AND ENEMIES (Tokyo): Through June 12, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mondays; featuring 50 works of Michelangelo Marisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) at The National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,400 yen adults, 1,000 yen college students, 600 yen senior high school students.

SHIBUYA KAGASHIMA OHARA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): June 12, 11:50-3:05 p.m.; 2,000 people in happi coats and kimonos parade, dancing to the Ohara-bush musician Shibuya Dogenzaka/Bunkamura-dori streets in Shibuya; also local food booths from Kyushu; three-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 03-3373-7381.

THE HARA YASUSABURO COLLECTION: HIROSHIGE VIVID (Tokyo): Through June 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tue., open June 7; featuring early-stage ekiyo-e arts by Hiroshige Ando and Hokusai Katsushika and Kuniyoshi Utagawa from the collection of Yasusaburo Hara at Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, kids free; www.suntory.com/sma.

THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE: Through June 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays except June 6; exhibition of full-scale Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops duel, along with samples on display designed for children to learn more with fun; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english.

ISSEY MIYAKE EXHIBITION IFE (Tokyo): Through June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; works by Miyake, a Japanese fashion designer at the National Art Center, Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line, or five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Station; 1,300 yen adults, 800 yen college students; http://2016.miyakeissey.org.

TOKYO DISNEYLAND EASTER SPECIAL: Through June 15; features Hippity-Hoppity Springtime parade set in the secret Easter garden with the Disney friends and of Easter bunnies; guests can challenge themselves to two egg hunt programs (510 yen standard course, 1,030 yen expert course, in Japanese only), with more than 40 different types of eggs with Disney character designs hidden around the park; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line.

VOLEZ, VOGUEZ, VOYAGEZ – LOUIS VUITTON EXHIBITION (Tokyo Kioicho): Through June 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., close Mondays, except June 13, 1 p.m.; featuring Louis Vuitton suitcases filled with traveling items from 1854 on display; special site at Kioicho, four-minute walk from Kojimachi Station on Yurakucho Line, six-minute walk from Akasaka-mitsuke Station on Ginza Line or Hanzomon Station on Hanzomon Line, free shuttle from Akasaka-mitsuke and Ginza Matsuya; free, pre-registration recommended at http://ticketing.louisvuitton.com/content/ticket-options?lang=ja); 0120-00-1854; http://jp.louisvuitton.com/jpn-jp/homepage.

HIROSHIGE UTAGAWA – LANDSCAPES ALONG WITH THE TOKAIDO ROAD AND MOUNT FUJI (Tokyo): Through June 26, closed May 27-31, June 6, 13 & 20; 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.

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. (Updated as of May 13)

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.

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.

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 (ukai) (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.


MUSIC CONVENTION IN MIYAKO ISLAND 2016: May 27-29, 1:30-8:30 p.m.; at installed ground of the Tuliver Area; 6,000 yen one-day ticket, 11,000 yen two-day ticket, 2,500 yen May 27; 070-5667-6833.

RYUKYU DANCE PERFORMANCES FROM MALE DANCERS: May 28, 2 p.m.; traditional Ryukyu Dance performed at the National Theatre Okinawa, Urasoe city; 3,100 yen; 098-871-3350.

MINATOGAWA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 8, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; 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; about 20 boats to compete near at Minatogawa Fishery Port, Yaese town, 50-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-998-2261. 

ISHIGAKI-SHI HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 8, 8 a.m.; Ishigaki Fisher Pier; Ishigaki city, 15-minute ride from Ishigaki Airport; 098-082-2448.

OUJIMA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 8, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Oujima Beach; 35-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-948-7190. 

ITOMAN HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Itoman Fisher Pier, Nishizaki of Itoman city, 30-minute ride on regular streets from Naha Airport; 098-992-2011.

IESHIMA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 8; Ieshima Port Otobuchihama; 30-minute ferry ride to Ieshima Port from Motobu Port; 0980-49-2906.

MIRACLES BY MASTERS: VAN GOGH, CLAUDE MONET, & PAUL CEZANNE AT OKINAWA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM & ARTS MUSEUM: June 15-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; 098-941-1187; www.museums.pref.okinawa.jp/english/index.html.

MANZA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 26; ANA Continental Manza Beach Resort; 50-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-966-1211; www.anaintercontinental-manza.jp.

South Korea

EUMSEONG PUMBA FESTIVAL (North Chungcheong province): May 26-29; pumba was the word repeated in the songs of street singers who strolled marketplaces or villages seeking food, money or anything they could get; festival includes National Pumba King Contest, pumba street parade, performances and more; Seolseong Park area; free; take a bus for Eumseong at the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82- 2-1330.

ULSAN WHALE FESTIVAL: May 26-29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; learn more about whale culture with a visit to a new cultural village, the whale museum and more; Jangsaengpo; +82-2-1330; www.whalekorea.com.

BUSAN PORT FESTIVAL: May 27-29; programs and Busan port-related industry, culture and education at Busan Port International Cruise Terminal, the area of National Maritime Museum, Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 10, take Bus 66 and get off at National Maritime Museum Bus Stop; +82-2-1330.

SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM (Gyeonggi province): Through May 31, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; The Garden of Morning Calm features thousands of flowers and trees in bloom; 9,000 won adults, 6,500 yen students, 5,500 yen children; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1892312.

GOSEONG LAVENDER FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): June 1-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; enjoy lavender in full bloom around Eocheon-ri in Goseong-gun, along with attractions such as lavender photo exhibition; take an intercity bus bound for Ganseong from Dong Seoul Terminal, take a local bus bound for Sinan-ri and get off at Ucheon Medical Center bus stop and take a taxi to Hani Lavender Farm; free; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1820122.

HANSAN RAMIE FABRIC CULTURE FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): June 3-6; Hanson is famous for producing ramie, one of the world’s oldest fabric crops and visitors can try on clothes, try out the fabric weaving process, and see clothing on display at Hanson Ramie Fabric Hall, take a train to Seocheon from Yongsan Station, and take a bus bound for Hanson; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697283.

GANGNEUNG DANOJE FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): June 5-12; Gangneung Danoje was designated a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005. Event is to preserve the folk culture of the Joseon Dynasty and features rituals such as a tribute to Monk Beomil, believed to protect Gangneung and Yeongsinje and visitors can see a traditional wedding ceremony, make surichui rice cake, drink alcoholic beverages offered to the gods and more; +82-2-1330; www.danojefestival.or.kr.

CENTUM BEER FESTIVAL (Busan): June 9-19, 6-10 p.m.; snacks and beer for visitors; Busan KNN Square; 10,000 won for unlimited beer refills; Centum City Station, Exit 6; +82-2-1330.

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