JapanCLIMBING MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, is open for the climbing season, which lasts until Aug. 31; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, and trip takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo at 7:45, 8:45 & 9:40 a.m. and 4:50, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m., 03-5376-2217/0555-72-5111; 2,600 yen; Kawaguchiko Town Hall, 0555-72-1111.
LILY (YURI) GARDEN (Tokorozawa city, Saitama prefecture): Through mid-July, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; field with 450,000 lilies in 50 varietie; three-minute walk from Seibu Kyujo-mae Station; 1,000 yen adults, 300 yen ages 4-10 years; 042-922-1370; www.seibu-group.co.jp/railways/enjoy/rec/yurien/index.html.
PRINCE ICE WORLD 2011 TOKYO: July 15-18; Olympic figure skating gold medalists Shizuka Arakawa, Junko Yaginuma, Kanako Murakami, Nobmunari Oda, Takahiko Ozuka and more; DyDo Drink Ice Arena, Higashi Fushimi Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line; 8,000-11,000-15,000 yen adults, 2,500-4,000 yen children; 04-2922-8181; www.princehotels.co.jp/iceshow/ (Japanese only).
DISNEY ON ICE ALLSTARS CARNIVAL (Tokyo): July 16-18, 10:30 a.m., 2 & 5:30 p.m., July 19, 1 & 4:30 p.m., July 20, 11 a.m., 2:30 & 6 p.m.; featuring seven princess along with 52 Disney characters’ performances on ice; Yoyogi National Stadium No. 1 Gymansium, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line, 10-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 4,200-5,800 yen; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-064-708.
BOLSHOI CIRCUS 2011 (Tokyo, Kanagawa & Chiba prefectures): July 16-24, at Tokyo Gymnasium, JR Sendagaya Station on Sobu-Line, 4,500-5,500-6,000 yen; July 27-Aug. 7 at Yokohama Bunka Taikukan, 4,500-5,500 yen, five-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; Aug. 10-15, at Makuhari Messe, 4,500-5,500-6,500 yen, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line, 092-741-1661; www.bolshoicircus.com (Japanese only).
SANKEIEN GARDEN – VIEWING (Yokohama): July 16-Aug. 7, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; the best time for viewing Lotus flowers is 7 a.m.; 500 yen; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp.
ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2011 (Tokyo): July 22-Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; commemorating 45th anniversary of Ultraman’s debut, a Japanese superhero and super robot; Sunshine Bunka Kaikan Exhibition Hall B; three-minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station on Yurakucho-Line or an eight-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station East Exit; 1,800 yen adults,1,200 yen children; 0570-00-0660; http://2011.ulfes.com/ (Japanese only).
64TH FUJI MOUNTAIN RACE (Yamanashi prefecture): July 22; annual marathon starts at Fujiyoshida City Hall, race to the peak at 7 a.m. and the race to the fifth station at 8:30 a.m.; 10,000 yen for the peak, 8,000 yen for the fifth station entry; Fuji Mountain Race Jimukyoku 0555-22-8261; www.fujimountainrace.jp/forms/menutop/menutop.aspx?menu_id=1158.
MISAWA TANABATA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): July 22-23; shopping arcade in Misawa is decorated with bamboo leaves and colorful streamers, and is illuminated at night during the festival and events include live hip-hop, street performances, and more contest and more. 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; 0176-53-2175; www.misawasi.com/.
TOKYO HULA DANCE: July 23-24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 80 groups of 2,500 dancers at Ikebukuro West Park, Ikebukuro West Exit Square, Tobu Department Store’s roof-top on 8F, Sunshine City B1 Fountain Square; JR Ikebukuro Station; 03-3981-5849.
GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT – JULY BASHO (Nagoya): ends July 24; previous Tokyo May Basho-winner, grand champion Hakuhoryu will try for a consecutive win;Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, five-minute walk from Exit No. 7 of Shiyakusho on subway Meijyo Line; 0520221-0738; www.event.chunichi.co.jp/sumo/.
KAGURAZAKA FESTIVAL (AWA-ODORI DANCING) (Tokyo): July 24-25, 7-9 p.m.; about 35 groups, each consisting of dozens of people, dance along the Kagurazaka-dori Avenue with the shamisen, flute and Taiko (Japanese drum); Kagurazaka Station on Tozai-Line; 03-3268-2802.
BROADWAY MUSICAL “A CHORUS LINE” (Tokyo): July 27-Aug. 21; Akasaka Act Theater, one-minute walk from Akasaka on Chiyoda-Line or eight-minute walk from Akasaka Mitsuke Station on Ginza and Marunouchi Lines; 9,800-12,600 yen; 0570-000-407.
DEUTSCHLAND-JAPAN PHOTO EXHIBITION (Yokohama): ends July 31; commemorating 150th anniversary of signing Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Germany, featuring 120 photos from scenes of Berlin Olympics, Japanese soccer players in Bundesliga, fall of Berlin Wall and more; Japan Newspaper Museum, 10-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; 500 yen adults, 300 yen senior high school students, free for junior high school students and younger; 045-661-2040; http://newspark.jp/newspark/.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2011 (Tokyo): ends Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.); 160 photos from photographers around the world; at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photograph; 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 700 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099.
THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): ends Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sept. 5, 12, 20 & 26); this exhibition, which includes a full-scale Tyrannosuarus and Triceratops duel, is aimed for children; 1,500 yen adults, 600 yen children; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english/.
CORMORANT FISHING (UKAI) (Gifu prefecture): ends Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a famous type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on Nagara at 6:15, 6:45 & 7:15 p.m., to observe usho (cormorant fishermen) catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,000-3,300 yen/person; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.kankou-gifu.jp/en/ukai/index.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 or www.ukai-iwakuni.com/.
FANTASMIC (Chiba prefecture): open-ended run; night-time show, featuring 27 animation characters such as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and others, filled with special effects using water and fire, on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea, three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; one-day passport adults 6,200 yen, discount passport after 3 p.m. entry adults 4,900 yen; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/tds/index.html.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “ZED” (Chiba prefecture): Open-ended run; show is a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment; 7,500-9,500-12,500-15,000 yen; 0473-55-9621; www.zed.co.jp/home_en.php.
BLUE MAN GROUP (Tokyo): open-ended run; New York-based avant-garde artists; Invoice Theatre, five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line and Azabu Jyuban Station on Nanpoku Line; 7,500-8,500 yen; 03-5414-3255; www.blueman.jp.
MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults1,300 yen/day, children 900 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 700 yen and 500 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.
OkinawaTHE WHALE CHANNEL TOKASHIKI FESTIVAL: July 22-23; Sanshin (three-string lute) performances and Eisa (traditional Okinawa dance with Taiko drums); Tokashiki Elementary and Junior High School Playground, 70-minute cruise from Naha Port; 098-987-2430; www.tokashiki.or.jp.
MIYAKOJIMA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2011: July 22-23; featuring children’s ekiden (relay running), yukata (cotton kimono for summer) contest, Miss Miyakojima announcement, tug-of-war, parade and attractions; along the Miyako Shijyo-Street, 20-minute drive from Miyako Airport, 10-minute drive from Hirara Port; 0980-72-2779.
KoreaA GLIMPSE AT THE LIFE OF THE JOSEON PERIOD (Seoul): through July 30; Ewha Woman’s University Museum; free; 02-3277-3152.
MUSICAL “GREASE” (Seoul): open-ended run, 8 p.m., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 3 & 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 6 p.m., Sun. and holidays, Dongsoong Art Center; 40,000-60,000 won; 1588-5212; www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268128.
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