Top thirty festivals for tourists visiting Japan

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If you wish to risk getting fingerprinted and come to Japan, what things might you want to do? To find out what festivals or events Japanese would recommend to overseas visitors, a leading on-line consumer research company goo Research asked its monitor panel this very question.

Personally, I have only been to number 5, Daimonji (far too many people!) and number 27, the Japan Formula 1 Grand Prix. Which Japanese festivals would you recommend to tourists?

All photos below are courtesy of flickr.

Ranking results

Q: What Japanese festivals or events would you want to recommend to overseas visitors?

Rank Festival   Photographer Score
1 Aomori Nebuta Festival autan 100
2 Sapporo Snow Festival glazaro 83.8
3 Gion Matsuri tkosaka 81.1
4 Awa Odori T. J. M 65.1
5 Daimonji Gozan no Okuribi masatsu 53.4

6 Kishiwada Danjiri Festival cbuddha 47.1
7 Sendai Tanabata Festival e-omiro 45.7
8 Shoro Nagashi malzor905 41.7
9 Hakata Dontaku novianto81 39.6
10 Namahage Hunnicutt 39.0
11 Yosakoi Festival d’n’c 30.2
12 Hakata Gion Yamakasa plasticpeople 29.5
13 Todaiji Omizutori realmonkey 27.0
14 Kanto Festival chrissam42 25.7
15 Tokyo Game Show LonelyBob 25.0
16 Takayama Festival Francesco_G 23.4
17 Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Yabusame chaojikazu 20.5
18 Owarakaze no Bon autan 19.1
19 Nagaoka Festival Fireworks Display eesti 18.9
20 Nagasaki Kunchi B Tse 18.2
21 Meiji Jingu New Year Visit w00kie 17.8
22 Onbashira Festival mizuha 17.8
23 Comic Market adrimaster 17.6
24 Robo-con Bjarte Aune Olsen 17.3
25 Aisa Festival 16.9
26 Hanagasa Festival frwl 16.4
27 Formula One Grand Prix in Japan emilgh 14.0
28 World Cosplay Summit adrimaster 8.8
29 Tokyo International Film Festival No picture   8.3
30 Naritasan Shinshoji Setsubun Meguro-jin 7.9
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