Cultural in Nozawa Onsen

Dōsojin Matsuri

Each year crowds gather for the famous Dōsojin Matsuri, a kind of cleansing ritual for men aged 25 and 42 years, the so-called 'unlucky ages' in Japan. The 42-year-olds' task is to defend a purpose-built...

Religious in Nagano

Gokaichō Matsuri

Five million pilgrims come to Zenkō-ji every seven years from early April to mid-May to view a copy of Zenkō-ji's sacred Buddha image – the only time it can be seen. The festival will next be held in 2022.