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Hirado Flounder FestivalHirado is known as one of the nation's top producers of natural flounder. During the festival, this local favorite can be enjoyed at selected restaurants and hotels at a specially reduced price. The largest flounder hauled in and delivered to the nearby market often measure around the size of a floor cushion. Get a bite of this meaty Hirado seafood during its most delicious season!
Shimabara Castle Town HinameguriEvery year on March 3rd, Japanese people decorate their homes with traditional dolls to celebrate Girl's Day, also known as "Hinamatsuri" (the Dolls Festival) or "Momo-no-Sekku" (Peach Festival). Peaches symbolise perpetual youth and longevity, and in Nagasaki during this season you can find peach-shaped versions of the popular Nagasaki cake, 'Castella'. Residents and shops in Shimabara City mark the festival by setting out their treasured ornaments dressed in Heian-court outfits. So, come and get a glimpse of them while you stroll around the castle town of Shimbara, also known for its delicious food, hot springs and an abundance of fascinating historical sites.
The Huis Ten Bosch Tulip FestivalThe Tulip Festival at Huis Ten Bosch is the largest in Japan. There are many ways to enjoy your visit: wandering through tulip spots, relaxing at a café, viewing the lively entertainment or viewing the light-up at night time, and so on.
The period of March 21st to April 6th is designated as "special weeks", with an even more dazzling display of tulips including special Huis Ten Bosch varieties.
*Due to the weather and unforeseeable natural circumstances, the blooming season of the flowers may be earlier or late than advertised. Thank you for your understanding.
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.
The KanoukaenThe largest fire festival in all of Nagasaki features 200 participants in samurai warrior costume strolling through the blooming cherry trees of Tachibana Park with flaming torches in their hands. This practice is based on an illustrated story found in a historical scroll from over 400 years ago.
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.
Mount Inasa Azalea FestivalA viewing location for one of the recently-selected three most beautiful night spots in the world, the ever-popular Mt. Inasa is filled with visitors even during the daytime. The blooming season for the 80,000 beautiful azalea means that folk-song and karaoke competitions, band performances, kite-flying competitions, and various other seasonal events will be held here during this period.
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.
Hasami Spring Pottery FestivalFans and pottery-buyers fill the streets of the town during this festival, which features booths from over 100 porcelain producer and dealers. The obvious appeal of the event is the availability of choice items at a 30-40% price reduction, although another draw is the chance to discuss the art of pottery with fellow enthusiasts while searching for that special piece. The large weather-proof tented area allows shoppers to browse very comfortably. The festivities continue with potters-wheel and pottery-painting classes, a Hasami scenery photo contest, and a prize draw. Parking is available for over 1,200 cars for 500 yen per vehicle; the shuttle bus service from the parking lot is free of charge.
Mikawachi-Yaki Hamazen FestivalVisit the kilns of Mikawachi and discover the cozy scenery of the town. This event features painting and potter's wheel trial courses, and many others relating to porcelain. The highlight of the festival may be the auction, held three times a day. It gives enthusiasts a chance to grab a prized, rare item at a discounted price. An eatery with Shimabara's specialty noodles makes a debut here in Michikawa for the first time at this event this year.
The Rose FestivalFrom May to June, Huis Ten Bosch presents The Rose Festival. Praised by the world's top-level cultivators and experts, over one million roses of over a thousand varieties bloom to welcome visitors at this special event. In the evening, visitors will be able to catch a completely different view of the roses as the Night Rose Garden come to life with splendid light-work illuminating the park.
*Please note that blooming season is dependent on weather conditions and dates may vary each year