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DECEMBER

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Light Up at Kodaiji Temple Kyoto

Date : 21 October -  10 December
Place : Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto
Close : 9:30p.m.
Admission fee : Chargable

You can enjoy the beautiful scene of the Temple Illumination at night.


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SHIMAI KOBOU

Date : December 21
Place : Touji Temple, Kyoto
Time : 5:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Admisshion Fee : free of charge

Toji temple is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and more than 1000 stalls opens in the yard .A lot of visitors from foreign countries gets really interested in the traditional wear kimono or chinaware, etc. You can buy these items at a relatively cheap price.

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SHIMAI TENJIN

Date : December 25
Place : Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kyoto
Time : early morning - evening
Admission fee : free of charge

Shimai tenjin is the last antique market of the year.More than 1,000 shops open in this market every year.
Treasures of the Shinto shrine are exhibited only in the HOUBUTSUDEN of Kitano Tenmangu. Looking around the market will be a unique experience.

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SHITENNOJI FLEA MARKET

Date : 21st and 22nd of every month
Place : Shitennoji Temple
Time : From morning to evening
Admission fee : free of charge

Shitennoji temple is the oldest Buddhist temple, built in Japan over 1,400 years ago.

A flea market has been held on the 21st and 22nd of every month for the last 200 years.

A lot of Osaka food that you can find here, such as Takoyaki, Yakisoba, Yakitori, Okonomiyaki and many more.
A walk through the market is always an interesting experience.

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HANA TOURO

Date : 8 - 17 December
Place : Saga - Arashiyama Area , Kyoto
Time : 5:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Admission fee : free of charge

Japan's ancient capital gets brilliant with a fantastic illumination show. 2,500 oriental lamps installed on the streets are all lit just after the sunset.

The bamboo forest, Togetsukyo Bridge across the Katsura River, as well as historical temples and shrines are also illuminated.


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MIDO-SUJI ILLUMINATION

Date : end of November - early January
Location : Mido Suji Avenue, Osaka
Time : Appr. 5:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.
Admission fee : free of charge

The roughly 4 km stretch of Mido-suji avenu is divided into eight areas for this event.
Colored illuminations that create the image of each area greet you during this period.

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OSAKA HIKARI - RENAISSANCE

Date : Mid December - December 25
Location : Nakanoshima Area, Osaka
Time : 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
Admission fee : free of charge

Osaka, a city of water, Winter Festival is schduled at year end. As well as light-ups, a large Christmas tree can be enjoyed. Many events include a performance, amazing projecteion mapping on many buildings, and so on.

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GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET

Date : end November - 25 December
Place : Umeda Sky Building Wonder Square
Time : 5:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.
Admission fee : free of charge

The German-themed Christmas Market in Umeda Sky Building . Many food stands and souvenior shops sells German food and goods all through the period.

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OKERA MAIRI 

Date : December 31
Time : 7:30p.m. - midnight
Admission Fee : free of charge 

A sacred fire is kindled on the shrine's grounds in belief that all who cook their first meal with the embers of the fire will achieve happiness. Visitors are encouraged to take home some of the embers of the sacred fire. 

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JOYA NO KANE

Date : December 31
Time : Around midnight
Place : Shitenno Ji Temple
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Admission fee : free of charge

" Joya no kane " is a yearly Japanese tradition wherein the large bell inside a Buddhist temple is struck 108 times on the new year's day.

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