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?

RankFestival PhotographerScore
1Aomori Nebuta Festivalautan100
2Sapporo Snow Festivalglazaro83.8
3Gion Matsuritkosaka81.1
4Awa OdoriT. J. M65.1
5Daimonji Gozan no Okuribimasatsu53.4

6Kishiwada Danjiri Festivalcbuddha47.1
7Sendai Tanabata Festivale-omiro45.7
8Shoro Nagashimalzor90541.7
9Hakata Dontakunovianto8139.6
10NamahageHunnicutt39.0
11Yosakoi Festivald’n’c30.2
12Hakata Gion Yamakasaplasticpeople29.5
13Todaiji Omizutorirealmonkey27.0
14Kanto Festivalchrissam4225.7
15Tokyo Game ShowLonelyBob25.0
16Takayama FestivalFrancesco_G23.4
17Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Yabusamechaojikazu20.5
18Owarakaze no Bonautan19.1
19Nagaoka Festival Fireworks Displayeesti18.9
20Nagasaki KunchiB Tse18.2
21Meiji Jingu New Year Visitw00kie17.8
22Onbashira Festivalmizuha17.8
23Comic Marketadrimaster17.6
24Robo-conBjarte Aune Olsen17.3
25Aisa Festival16.9
26Hanagasa Festivalfrwl16.4
27Formula One Grand Prix in Japanemilgh14.0
28World Cosplay Summitadrimaster8.8
29Tokyo International Film FestivalNo picture 8.3
30Naritasan Shinshoji SetsubunMeguro-jin7.9
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