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Nomozaki Daffodil FestivalThe Nomozaki Narcissus Festival is held annually in Suisen-no-Sato Park, in the Nomozaki district at the tip of the Nagasaki Peninsula. The slightly elevated park offers a great view of the beautiful ocean surrounding Nomozaki and the island of Hashima (also known as Gunkanjima, or 'Battleship Island'), amid the splendor of around 10 million daffodils in full bloom. The scent of the daffodils, which is carried on the salty sea breeze, has been chosen as one of the "100 Scents of Japan" by the Ministry of the Environment. The festival is a feast for the eyes and the nose!
Saikai Bridge Whirlpool FestivalOverlooking Inoura Strait, the gateway of Omura Bay, is Saikai Bridge Park. The strait possesses one of the three great rapid tides of Japanese waters, and whirlpools can appear at any moment. The contrast of the whirlpools and some 1,000 cherry trees in full bloom is uncannily picturesque.
Omura Flower FestivalOmura Park is home to some of Japan's national natural monuments: around 2,000 Omura Sakura cherry trees which bloom from late March to early April as well as about 30,000 Japanese irises, which blossom between late May and mid June. Often packed with visitors, the park will be lit up with romantic lighting during this season. Also, from early April to early May, some 5,800 rhododendrons in 45 different varieties from all over the world are featured at the Uraminotaki Garden alongside the impressive 30-meter waterfall.
Nagushiyama Azalea FestivalThe 234-meter peak of Mt. Nagushiyama offers an unbroken view of the Saikai National Park and the northern Kujuku Islands. The mountain is located half way between northern Nagasaki's historical town of Hirado and Sasebo City, the home of Huis Ten Bosch, and can be reached from either in less than an hour. The view from here created by some 100,000 Kurume azaleas and Hirado azaleas, with the islands in far distance, is nothing short of breathtaking.
Nagasaki Tall Ships FestivalSailing ships large and small flock to Japan's only tall ship event, held in the port town of Nagasaki.
The festival includes events centred around the ships including sail drills, tours of the ships, and cruises around the Port of Nagasaki, as well as hands-on classes such as canoeing, yachting and rope-tying.
Along with illuminations, there will be fireworks on Saturdays and Sundays during the event period.
There will be many more events and souvenir vendors available on site as well.
Unzen Hikari-no-Hanabouro Illuminations (Light displays and fireworks)The Unzen Hikari-no-Hanabouro is an event themed around the hanabouro, flower-like hoarfrost that forms on the trees and plants. The streets and the sidewalk trees of this onsen town are decorated with dazzling lights.
During the event season, firework displays are held on Saturday evenings from 9:30pm. Enter a magical world of hot-spring steam mixed with the illuminations below and the fireworks above in the peaceful night sky.
Doya Tanada (Rice Terrace) FestivalA magical scene emerges from Doya Tanada's rice terraces, as some 2,600 lanterns, set on the ridges between the rice fields, are lit up. It is so magical that time seems to stop for a moment; the sun sets on the ocean just beyond the terraces, creating a beam of reflection and painting the entire field of vision into a world of nothing but gold and orange.
The Obama Onsen Jacaranda Flower FestivalThe Obama Onsen Jacaranda Flower Festival
A perfect time to view its violet-coloured flora
During June, Obama’s evenings will be filled with illuminations which perfect the occasion to view the beauty of these trees while they’re in full bloom. There will also be a variety of food and drinks for 500 yen and under. The peak of this festival will come on June 15th, where a fashion show with clothes dyed with jacaranda blossoms and a farmer’s market will be held.
June 15th (Sunday)
■ “Jacaranda dye fashion show”
Time: 13:00～ Location: Obama Marine Park
■ “Unzen City Farmer’s Market”
Time: 10:00-15:00 Location: Obama Marine Park
June 21st (Saturday)
■ “Special Night Concert”
Time: 19:00～ Location: TBA
Shimbara Water Festival Shimabara Water festival will be held on the first weekend of August in Shimabara City, where the richabundant natural spring water has flowed throughfilled in the streets of former samurai residences in the old cast castle town since years gone by.with former samurai houses.
This festival is held to show the appreciation for the natural spring water and to make cultivate athe city rich in water and greenery.
There will be bamboo lanterns and art objects made of from gigantic traditional Japanese classic umbrellas, and lights all along the canal waterways through the castle town and former samurai residences.
Nagasaki Peiron Championship & Port FestivalNagasaki's traditional summer event, with 350 years of history.
14-meter peiron dragon boats with 26 rowers on-board will race over a distance of 1,150 meters, rowing to the beat of drums and gongs.
Over the two-day event, there also will be observation boat rides for spectators, and peiron rowing trials available free of charge.
The Nagasaki Port Festival will be held each evening with music and dance events. An array of food vendors will serve various delicious snacks and meals. At the end of each day, there will be a fireworks display featuring 4000 of fireworks.
Dream & Handcraft Festival in KazusaThe Food Exhibition and the tasting and sale of local agricultural and fishery products are the main features of this event that attracts many visitors each year. Stage events include performances from kindergarten pupils, a lottery offering attractive prizes and a mascot show which all add to the festive atmosphere. The local council also organizes a tug of war competition.
Burning of the fields of Kawachi-tôge Pass Every year, Hirado heralds the coming of spring by burning the grass fields of the Kawachi- tôge pass, and area of around 30 hectares. Locals flock to the pass to witness the unique spectacular of the flaming fields. The Kawachi-tôge Pass also offers a panoramic view of the Ninety-nine Islands, the beginning of the Genkai Sea and Iki and Tsushima Islands.