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A one-seventh scale model of Godzilla used in the movie stands at Tokyo Midtown near Roppongi until May 24.

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BEER FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): May 23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. & May 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; taste beer at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena, JR Saitama Fuku-Toshin Station; free admission; 048-601-1122.

BELGIAN BEER WEEKEND (Kanagawa prefecture): May 21-24, 4-9 p.m., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends; 62 varieties of beers from Belgium, along with live music at Yamashita Park, three-minute walk from Motomachi Chuka-gai Station on Minato Mirai or 12-minute walk from JR Ishikawa Station; free admission, 3,100 yen includes a glass of beer and 11 coupons for beer & food.

SPRING ROSE FESTIVAL & JAZZ CONCERTS IN AKIRUDAI KOEN GARDEN (Tokyo): May 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain date May 24); 400 trees and shrubs, and 80 varieties of roses grow here; rose garden is open daily; potpourri and mini-wreath classes 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and jazz concerts 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; 15-minute walk from Higashi Akiru or Akikawa Station on JR Itsukaichi Line; 042-559-6910.

LAOS FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): May 23 & 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; traditional music from Laos performed, Laos 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.

TOKYO HANDCRAFTED GUITAR FEST 2015: May 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & May 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; see rare handcrafted guitars, basses and ukuleles as well as mini-concerts and talk show at Sumida Sangyo Kaikan Sunrise Hall, JR Kinshicho Station on Sobu Line; 1,300 yen/one-day ticket, 2,000 yen/two-day ticket; 03-3505-7710.

OUTDOOR RESORT PARK (Tokyo): May 23, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. & May 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; information on outdoor camping including cooking, workshops and more, supported by Coleman; Meiji Jingu Gaien Spray Pond area; free; 03-5444-6608.

HANAZONO SHRINE SPRING FESTIVAL (Tokyo): May 23-25; the highlights of the festival is the two-portable shrines carried by local shrine parishioners; parade of floats on streets of Shinjuku 9 a.m. May 24; and along with 100 varieties of food booths; seven-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station (East Exit); 03-3209-5265.

ITAKO IRIS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): May 23-June 28, 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.


GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT — MAY BASHO (Tokyo): Through May 24; Ryogoku Kokugikan, one-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station on Sobu-Line.

JAPAN TOUR OF JAPAN (CYCLING): Through May 24, 17 teams compete in a seven-stage race over 642.45 km; May 23, 9:30 a.m., 6th stage, 122 km, in Izu; May 24, 11 a.m., 6th stage, 112.7 km, Hibiya–Ohifuto in Tokyo; 03-3586-6230.

TSUKUBA PEONY GARDEN (Ibaraki prefecture): Through May 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 10,000 peonies in 550 varieties; five-minute ride from Yatabe I.C. on Joban Express or 15-minute walk from Kukizakiwakaguri Bus Stop after taking a bus from Midorino-eki Station on Tsukuba Express for Ushiku; 800 yen adults, 300 yen children; 029-876-3660.

YOYOGI PARK EARTH DAY MARKET (Tokyo): May 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 55 dealers participate; 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station.

MIDTOWN MEETS GODZILLA — RETURNS (Tokyo): Through May 24, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; more than 13 feet high, the one-seventh scale model of Godzilla is back at Tokyo Midtown and see the differences between the display last summer and a new model, illuminated 5-9 p.m.; three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line or Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; free.

INTIMATE IMPRESSIONISM FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tokyo): Through May 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring 68 masterpieces from Renoir, Manet, Monet, Degas, Cezanne and others at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station or three-minute walk from Nijyubashi-mae Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen kids.

SANKEIEN GARDEN – AZALEA BONSAI EXHIBITION (Yokohama): May 24-June 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 100 bonsai, or dwarfed trees, of azalea; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids.

PACIFIC SHOWCASE OF U.S. AIR FORCE BAND OF THE PACIFIC-ASIA CONCERT (Saitama prefecture): May 26, 12:10-12:50 p.m.; at Saitama Super Arena, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free; 048-460-1711, ext. 2445.

FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): May 26 & 27, 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.

HIROSHIGE AND KIYOCHIKA — 100TH YEAR MEMORIAL EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 28, closed May 18 & 25; commemorating 100th anniversary of Kiyochika’s death with display of ukiyo-e arts of Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) and Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915); 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.

CRYING SUMO BATTLE (Tokyo): May 30, 12:30-3 p.m.; babies held by amateur sumo wrestlers face off to at Sensoji Temple, as part of a ritual to bring good health to the ankle biters — and a winner is a baby cries with vigor; Asakusa Station on Ginza-Line; 03-3844-1221. 

WADAIKO PERFORMANCE (Saitama prefecture): May 30, 3-4 p.m.; enjoy wadaiko (Japanese traditional taiko drum) performance by Suwando at Keyaki Square of Saitama Super Arena, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free admission; 048-600-3033.

ONE LOVE JAMAICA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): May 30 & 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at Yoyogi Park; free.

TOHOKU ROKKON SAI FESTIVAL – TOHOKU SIX-SOUL FESTIVAL (Akita prefecture): May 30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., May 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; parades of Aomori Nebuta, Akita Kanto, Morioka Sansa and Yamagata Hanagasa, Sendai Tanabata (Star Festival) and Fukushima Waraji Matsuri at 2:30-7:20 p.m. May 30 and 12:30-2:45 p.m. May 31, along Sanno Odori Street, Akita city, to show spirit for reconstruction from the disaster-hit Tohoku Districts; other events scheduled; 018-866-6676.

34TH YOKOHAMA KAIKOSAI FESTIVAL 2015 (Kanagawa prefecture): May 30, 31 & June 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; celebrate the Yokohama Port opening with concerts, gourmet booths, air balloon ride, short film fest and more at Queens Stage and Rinkai Park Stage; fireworks 8:20-8:50 p.m. June 2, 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.

TOKYO TOWER ILLUMINATION: June 1-Aug. 31, 5-11 p.m.; main observatory, open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., at 492 feet high, is decorated with 130,000 blue and white-color LEDs and ornaments on 600 step-stairs to the observatory, 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, open 9 a.m.-11 p.m..

LOVE JAZZ TIME (Saitama prefecture): May 31, noon-3 p.m.; jazz concerts at Keyaki Square of Saitama Super Arena, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free admission; 048-601-1122.

SPRING ROSE FESTIVAL IN IKUTA RYOKUCHI GARDEN (Kawagawa prefecture): Through May 31, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 9 p.m. weekends, closed Mon.; featuring 4,700 trees and shrubs, and 533 varieties of roses; concerts 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. May 17, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. May 24 ; 15-minute walk from Shukugawara Station on JR Nambu-Line; free; 044-978-5270.

SPRING ROSE FESTIVAL IN JINDAIJI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Through May 31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon., opens 8 a.m. weekends; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,200 roses in 409 varieties, grow in this botanical garden and bloom year-round; May 17 and 24, concerts at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; 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 for garden entrance; 0424-83-2300.

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

FUJI MOSS PHLOX FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through May 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 800,000 moss phlox plants bloom in bright purple; Fuji Motosuko Lake Resort, 25-minute ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 520 yen adults, 210 yen children; 0555-89-3031.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Through May 31; at 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 the outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

ZENKOJI GOKAICHO (Nagano prefecture): Through May 31; held once every seven years, people from Japan visit and pray for the Maedachi Honzon statue, a replica of the temple’s hidden principal image, placed in the main hall during the event.

GUERCINO EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 31, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; Guercino (1591-1666), was one of the major painters of the Italian Baroque period who further developed the Baroque aesthetics begun by painters Caravaggio and Carracci. The exhibit features 40 paintings by Guercino from the collections of the Municipal Art Gallery of Cento, Italy; The National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,500 yen for adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600.

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.

PHOTO EXHIBITION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES AT KONIKA MINOLTA PLAZA (Tokyo): May 31-June 22, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; 4th floor of Takano Bldg., one-minute walk from Shinjuku Station on Marunouchi Line, Exit A7; free; 03-3225-5001.

LOUVRE MUSEUM: GENRE PAINTING — SCENES FROM DAILY LIFE (Tokyo): Through June 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., May 23, 24 30 & 31; featuring 83 paintings from the Musee du Louvre’s collection, including Vemeer’s “The Astronomer” 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.

YOMIURILAND LIGHTNING BUG VIEWING (Tokyo): Fri., Sat. & Sun. June 5-28 July 1, 7:30-9 p.m.; view lightning bugs raised by park’s gardeners at Yomiuriland Amusement Park, 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City, Tokyo; 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 300 yen adults, free ages 15 & younger.

SHIKISHIMA PARK ROSE FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Through June 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 7,000 roses at Shikishima Park Rose Garden, 20-minute bus ride from JR Maebashi Station on Ryomo Line; free; 027-232-2891.

KYU-FURUKAWA TEIEN GARDEN (Tokyo): Through June 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. May 16-25 and nightly illumination until 9 p.m. May 15-24; concerts noon & 3 p.m. May 30 & June 6; seven-minute walk from JR Kaminakazato Station; 150 yen; 03-3910-0394.

MASTERPIECES OF KOSAN-JI TEMPLE: THE COMPLETE SCROLLS OF CHOJU GIGA, FROLICKING ANIMALS (Tokyo): Through June 7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, senior high school students, ages 15 & younger free; JR Ueno Station.

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, and 2-4 p.m. May 31 & June 7; 15 minute walk from Keikyu Line or JR Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282.

ROSE FESTIVAL (Nagasaki prefecture): Through June 8; one million roses in a thousand varieties bloom at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, along with seminars, live mini-concerts and more; 6,200 yen adults, 5,200 yen junior and senior high school students, 3,900 yen kids; 0570-064-110.

THE GREAT AMAZON AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE: Through June 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids.

ROSES FESTIVAL AT KEISEI ROSE GARDEN (Chiba prefecture): Through June 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 10,000 roses in 1,500 varieties with the theme of Wind of Rose Colors bloom, and the event features seminars, talk show and more; 755 Shinden, Owada, Yachiyo city, 15-minute walk from Yachiyo Midorigaoka Station on Toyo Express Line; 1,200 yen adults, 400 yen junior high school students, 200 yen elementary school students.

TOKYO DISNEYLAND EASTER SPECIAL: Through June 23; 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 (separate fees, 510 yen standard course, 1,040 yen expert course, in Japanese only), with more than 40 different types of Easter eggs with Disney character designs hidden around the park; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,900 yen adults, 6,000 yen ages 12-17, 4,500 yen ages 4-11, discount pass after 3 p.m. weekends and holidays: 5,400 yen adults, 4,700 yen youth, 3,500 yen kids.

EASTER SPECIAL “MICKEY & DUFFY’S SPRING FAIR” (Chiba prefecture): Through June 23; events include Mickey and friends gathering for a colorful springtime fashion show; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,900 yen adults, 6,000 yen ages 12-17, 4,500 yen ages 4-11, discount after 3 p.m. weekends and holidays is 5,400 yen adults, 4,700 yen youth, 3,500 yen kids.

STAR WARS VISIONS (Tokyo): Through June 28, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; commemorating the 35th anniversary of “Star Wars” and the release of “Star Wars Episode VII” in December; exhibit features more than 100 original stage properties used on the past movie series; Mori Arts Center Gallery (52nd floor of Roppongi Hills); Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; 1,800 yen adults, 1200 yen junior and senior high school students, 600 yen children; 03-6406-6652.

A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS (Tokyo): Through June 28, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring 100 items from the British Museum at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,100 college students, 600 yen senior high school students; JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600.

MONEY AND BEAUTY: BOTTICELLI AND THE RENAISSANCE IN FLORENCE (Tokyo): Through June 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. & Sun.; featuring many of Botticelli’s masterpieces at Bunkamura The Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen children.

ANNA AND ELSA’S FROZEN FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through July 7; set after Anna and Elsa reconciled, see winter in a world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s power; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line.

WILLIAM PERRY, ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND JOHN F. KENNEDY’S CHALLENGE — LEGENDS WHO MADE HISTORIES (Tokyo): Through Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun. & holidays; featuring rare items at Meisei University Library; free, but need advance reservation; 042-591-5104.


NEW OKINAWAN STORYTELLING WITH PICTURES THEATRE: June 5, 7 p.m.; National Theatre Okinawa; 2,000 yen.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL MIYAKOJIMA 2015: June 6, 2-5 p.m. & June 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 24 teams each of men’s and women’s pairs and 96 mixed teams of four compete with awards 5 p.m. Sunday; Yonaha Maehama Beach, 15-minute ride from Miyakojima Airport; 0980-75-3824.

ITOMAN HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 18-19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; the dragon boat races are held in fishing communities throughout Okinawa during the late spring and summer period. 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; Itoman Fisher Pier Naka district, Nishizaki of Itoman city, 20-minute ride on regular streets from Naha Airport; free 098-992-2011.

JAPANESE PRO BASEBALL GAMES: June 30 & July 1, 6:30 p.m., Yohohama DeNA Baystars vs. Chunichi Dragons at Cellular Stadium; Ginowan city; 1,500-2,500 yen adults, 500-1,000 yen children; mensoreginowan@gmail.com.

33RD PEACEFUL LOVE ROCK FESTIVAL 2015: July 11 & 12, 1:30 p.m.; July 11 featuring Hy, Moomin, Sky’s The Limit, Civilian Skunk, Goonam and more and July 12 features Run It to Ground, Reverse, Mr. Roxy, Sideways Special Band, Freddie Eto & Queeness, Jet, Kenichi & King Voices and more at Okinawa City Outdoor Stage; 4,000 yen for a one-day ticket, 3,500 yen for advance ticket, 6,000 yen for two-day ticket, 1,000 yen for children accompanied by guardians.

South Korea

HADONG WILD TEA CULTURAL FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): May 22-25; the first tea plantation site in Korea, visitors can sample a variety of Hadong’s tea for free and purchase at discounted prices.

BOSEONG GREEN TEA FESTIVAL (South Jeolla province): May 22-26; Boseong is the largest producer of tea in the country and visitors can pick tea leaves, make tea, sample green tea snacks and more; take an intercity bus to Boseong from Seoul Express Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.

INTERNATIONAL ROSE FESTIVAL GOKSEONG (South Jeolla province): May 22-31; Gokseong-gun, famous for its train village, also hosts a rose festival at 1004 Rose Park; 2,000-3,000 won; +82-2-1330.

SEOUL JAZZ FESTIVAL: May 23-25; 60 jazz artists & teams perform at Olympic Park, 88 Garden, Gym, Lakeside Stage and more; Olympic Park Station (Seoul Subway, Line 5), Exit 3; 137,000 won one-day ticket, 190,000 won two-day ticket, 287,000 won three-day ticket.

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL: May 23-28; featuring various exhibitions by reinterpreting and rediscovering animation, comics and more; COEX D Hall; 6,000 won.

SEOUL GRAND PARK ROSE FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): May 23-June 28; enjoy 20,000 rose trees in 290 varieties at the Seoul Grand Park Theme Garden; Gyeonggi-doSeoul Grand Park Station (Seoul Subway, Line 4), Exit 2; free; +82-2-1330.

CHUNCHEON INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): May 24-31; featuring performances by hundreds of performing teams; Namchuncheon Station (Chuncheon Subway, Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1; +82-2-1330.

SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM (Gyeonggi province): Through May 31, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.: one of Korea’s major botanical gardens, it attracts 700,000 tourists annually; take a bus bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a bus bound for the garden; 9,000 won adults, 6,500 won students, 5,500 won kids; +82-2-1330.

MOONLIGHT TOUR AT CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE (Seoul): Through June 3, 8-10 p.m.; limited to the 100 people daily, 30,000 won.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL MIYAKOJIMA 2015: June 6, 2-5 p.m. & June 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 24 teams each of men’s and women’s pairs and 96 mixed teams of four compete; awards ceremony 5 p.m. Sunday; Yonaha Maehama Beach, 15-minute ride from Miyakojima Airport; 0980-75-3824.

MUSICAL “M. BUTTERFLY” (Seoul): Through June 7; Doosan Art Center, Yongkang Hall, 30,000-45,000-60,000 won.

MUSICAL “PHANTOM” (Seoul): Through July 26; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 50,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won.

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