January Events (Eye-Catch)

 

Happy New Year! The new year starts with ‘hatsumode’ events at shrines and temples across Japan. There is usually plenty of snow during the month for wintry festivities and illumination events. January finishes with ‘tsurushibina’ hanging doll crafts and strawberry picking. Check the Fukushima Guide Facebook page for further details!
Note: Monday January 13 2020 is Coming of Age Day, a public holiday in Japan. Young people across Japan celebrate their 20th year in a public display.

 

Hatsumode

 

 
 
 
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Hatsumode is the first visit to a local shrine for the new year. It is common to visit at midnight on New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day. Join in a local custom and experience the real Japan. There will be a special bamboo lantern display at Ioji Temple, or you can join the festivities at Fukushima Inari Shrine in central Fukushima City.

 

Illumination Events

 

 
 
 
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There are a range of illumination events starting in December and continuing into January.
Hikari no Shizuku (Drops of Light)
Paseo-dori
December 6 ~ January 31
The Hikari no Shizuku illumination display is located a short walk from Fukushima Station along the romantic Paseo-dori. Take a stroll, enjoy the lights, and try the warm cosy atmosphere of one of the many restaurants.
Corasse Fukushima
December 6 ~ January 15
Check out the winter lights while you pick up some souvenirs, or see the amazing view of the city from the 12th floor.
Hikari no Tree Pageant (Tree of Light)
Azuma Sports Park
December 13 ~ January 13
A short walk from Fukushima City Minka-en and the Azuma Baseball Stadium Olympic venue!
Shiki no Sato
January 11 ~ February 11
This display doesn’t start until January when the heavy snow starts to fall. There is live music on Saturday nights, or try some yakiniku at the Asahi Beer Hall located inside the grounds of Shiki no Sato.

 

Usokae Matsuri

 

 
 
 
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January 10 ~ 13, 2020
Nishine Shrine (MAP)

The Nishine Shrine ‘Dondo-sai’ and the Takahata Tenmangu ‘Usokae Matsuri’ will be held on from January 10 ~ 13.

The ‘Dondo-sai’ at Nishine Shrine is a traditional ceremony where old prayer tokens are burnt as an offering to the gods early in the new year. The ‘Usokae Matsuri’ at Takahata Tenmangu (situated within the grounds of Nishine Shrine) features wooden ‘Usodori (bullfinch)’ talismans. ‘Usodori’ is a play on words because ‘uso’ in Japanese means both ‘bullfinch’ and ‘lie’. It is said that if you have an ‘usodori’ talisman all the bad things that happen throughout the year will change into good luck and fortune.

Warning: This is an extremely popular event and the streets around Nishine Shrine are full of traffic during the event. We recommend using the Iizaka Line and walking 10 minutes from Iizaka Onsen Station.

 

Strawberry Picking

 

January 10, 2020 ~
There are two strawberry farms in Fukushima City. Anbyo Strawberry Farm in Iizaka Onsen and Shiki no Sato Strawberry Farm west of the city near Shiki no Sato. Check our Strawberry Picking Guide for full details.

 

‘Tsurushibina’ Hanging Doll Festival

 

 
 
 
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Late January ~
The first ‘tsurushibina’ festival of the year for Fukushima City is held at Kyu Sakuma-tei (MAP). More information coming soon.

 

Monthly Event Guides

 

Follow one of the links below for more about monthly events in Fukushima City:
🎍 January Events
👹 February Events
🎎 March Events
🌸 April Events
🍒 May Events
🐌 June Events
🍻 July Events
🎆 August Events
🎑 September Events
🏮 October Events
🍁 November Events
🍗 December Events