Off-base events

Star Wars Visions is a great chance to see 100 original stage properties used on in the film series. It's at Mori Arts Center Gallery, on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.

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KOMAZAWA OKTOBERFEST (Tokyo): May 29-June 7, 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; German beer and music and more at Komazawa Olympic Park and Chuo Koen, 12-minute walk from Komazawa Daigaku Station on Tokyu Den-entoshi Line; free admission; 03-3524-0788.

EU FILM DAYS 2015 (Tokyo): May 29-June 21, closed Mon.; European Union Film fair featuring 27 movies including “Macondo” of Austria, “The Verdict of Belgium“ and “The Taste of Blueberries” of Belgium, “The Lesson” of Bulgaria,” “Vis-à-vis” of Croatia, “To See the Sea” of Czech Republic and others 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; www.eufilmdays.jp/en.

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; www.onelovejamaicafestival.jp.

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.


KAMAKURA WOOD CARVING EXHIBITION (Yokohama): Through May 31, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; features masterpieces of Kamakura woodcarving crafts by four artists; Sankeien Garden, 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.

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.

NISSAN STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): May 31 & June 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 400 dealers at Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.

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; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.

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; www.shibazakura.jp/eng/index.html.

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; www.zenkoji.jp/ENGLISH/gyouji/gokaicho.html.

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; www.nmwa.go.jp/en.

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 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; www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2015/louvre2015/index.html.

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.; www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/secret.

TOKYO SPECIAL IMPORT CAR SHOW: June 5-7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., take a test ride and more at Japan’s exclusive motor show specializing in customization and tuning; Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition West Hall & Outdoor special site, three-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijyo Shomen Station on Yurikamome Line (monorail); 2,000 yen; 03-5723-6012; www.sis-t.net.

TOKYO SUMMERLAND HYDRANGEA GARDEN: June 6-July 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 60 varieties of hydrangea, 15,000 trees in the Hydrangea Garden, Family Park area of Tokyo Summerland; 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno City; 600 yen adults, 300 yen kids; www.summerland.co.jp/english/index.html.

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; www.yomiuriland.com.

GREAT JAPAN BEER FESTIVAL IN TOKYO: June 6, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-7:30 p.m., June 7, 12:30.-4 p.m.; taste more than 120 beers brewed in Japan and Belgium, a beer glass is given to first 600 visitors each day; at Ebisu The Garden Hall; 4,800 yen for advance ticket; Japan Beer Federation; 0797-34-7751; http://beertaster.org

LIGHTNING BUG FESTIVAL (Yokohama): June 6-14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; features fantasy world in Sankeien Garden, where lightning bugs fly and the 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; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.

SANKEIEN GARDEN – AZALEA BONSAI EXHIBITION (YOKOHAMA): Through June 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 100 bonsai, or dwarfed trees, of azalea; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.

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; www.tokyo-park.or.jp.

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; www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1707.

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.

OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): June 7 & 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers; Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093; www.antique-market.jp/english.

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; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

BARAKURA ENGLISH GARDEN FLOWER SHOW 2015 (Nagano prefecture): June 11-21, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Barakura English Garden, the first authentic English Garden in Japan, was founded in 1990 by Hohei Yamada, and attracts visitors with gardening seminars, concerts and arts & crafts; 30-minute ride from Mimami Suwa I.C. on Chuo Express; 2,400 yen adults/one day, 4,500 yen/two days, 1,200 yen (after 3 p.m.); 0266-77-2019; http://barakura.co.jp/english.

CHAGU CHAGU UMAKKO FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): June 13; 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 13, 6-9:30 p.m.; enjoy lightning bugs in the darkness at Yanagihara Shrine, also class for making lightning bug basket, local agricultural products on sale, Japanese drum performance at 8 p.m. and more; 10-minute ride from Nirasaki I.C. on Chuo Express; free bus from Michino-eki Nirasaki and Yellowhat Nirasaki; 0551-23-6886.

36TH JAPAN INTERNATIONAL DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 (Tokyo): June 13 & 14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; includes competition among 39 pros and 39 amateurs in five categories; Budokan, five-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on Metro Tozai and Hanzo-mon Lines; 3,000-5,000-7,000-10,000-20,000-25,000 yen; 03-5652-7351.

17TH INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE SHOW 2015 (Tokyo): June 13, 1-5 p.m. & June 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tokyo Industrial Trade Center 5F – Taitou-kan, five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza Line; 1,500 yen/two days; Japan Dollhouse Association 03-3816-6977.

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; www.kahaku.go.jp/english.

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; www.keiseirose.co.jp.

ONOIKE HYDRANGEA GARDEN (Gunma prefecture): mid-June to early July; 20 varieties of hydrangea at Onoike Hydrangea Garden, illuminated 7-9 p.m.; 10-minute ride from JR Shibukawa Station on Jyoetsu Line or Shibukawa Ikaho I.C. on Kanetsu Express; free; 0279-22-21111.

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; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

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; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

ITAKO IRIS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through 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.

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; www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/h27_history100.html.

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; www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/museum/20150321.html.

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; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

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; www.meisei-u.ac.jp/english.

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 p.m. & 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.


NEW OKINAWAN STORYTELLING WITH PICTURES THEATRE: June 5, 7 p.m.; National Theatre Okinawa; 2,000 yen; www.nt-okinawa.or.jp.

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.

GUSHIKAWA BULLFIGHTING: June 7, 1 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting is bull vs. bull; Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, Uruma city, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,500 yen adults; 098-965-4441.

TOUR DE MIYAKOJIMA BICYCLE RACE 2015: June 13 & 14; cycling event featuring touring events of 68.75 miles & 50 miles Saturday and 100 & 68.75-mile races Sunday; Miyako Island; 0467-84-8639.                        

TROPICAL LOVERS BEACH FESTA – ISHIGAKI: June 14, 12:30-9 p.m.; outdoor music fest featuring Puffy, Special Others Acoustic, Minmi, Lamp in Terren and others at Fusaki Resort Village; 6,000 yen adults, 1,500 yen kids in advance; http://tropical-lovers.com/artist or www.fusaki.com.

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.

IESHIMA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 19, 1-9 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 and races are held in fishing communities in late spring and summer; Ieshima Port Otobuchihama; 30-minute ferry ride to Ieshima Port from Motobu Port; 0980-49-2035.

OUJIMA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 19, 9 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; Oujima Beach; 35-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-948-7190.

19TH KACHIBEI TROPHY WINDSURFING MEET: June 20 & 21; windsurfing meet from beginners to pros at Nichigin Beach in Moon Beach, Onna village, 90-minute bus ride from Naha Airport; 090-3794-3704.

FATHER’S DAY OKINAWA BULLFIGHTING & EISA DACE: June 21, 1 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting is bull vs. bull; Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 3,000 yen; 098-857-0185.

OKINAWA LOCAL PERFORMING ART PERFORMANCE: June 25, 7:30 p.m.; Yaemama Islands at Ishigaki Shimin Kaikan Hall, Ishigaki city; 500 yen; 0980-82-2809.

ISHIKAWA BULLFIGHTING FESTIVAL: June 28, 1 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting is bull vs. bull; at Ishikawa Multi-purpose Square, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,500 yen; 098-857-0185.

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; http://peaceful-love-rock.com.

South Korea

ULSAN WHALE FESTIVAL: May 28-31, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; see whale culture at Jangsaengpo Whale Culture Special Zone at the Whale Museum, and take a whale watching cruise; take a train (KTX) from Seoul Station to Ulsan, then take Bus 317, 327, 337 or 807 and get off at Taehwa Torary Bus Stop; +82-2-1330; www.whalekorea.com.

YEOJU GEUMSA ORIENTAL MELON FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): May 29-31; sample melons during the festival in the vicinity of Geumsa Park, Yangpyeong Station (Gyeonggi Subway Jungang Line), Exit 1; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1805534.

BUSAN PORT FESTIVAL: May 29-31; programs, combined with Busan port-related industry, culture and education; Busan Port International Cruise Terminal and 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; www.busanportfestival.kr/ENG/Port/01.asp.

HAEUNDAE SAND FESTIVAL (Busan): May 29-June 1; beach volleyball, marathon, an exhibition of different types of sand from around the world and more; +82-2-1330; http://sandfestival.co.kr.

INTERNATIONAL ROSE FESTIVAL GOKSEONG (South Jeolla province): Through May 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; http://gokseong.go.kr.

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

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 100 people daily, 30,000 won; http://ticket.interpark.com/Global.

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; www.tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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

MUSICAL “PHANTOM” (Seoul): Through July 26; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 50,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; www.tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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