Japanese Holidays & Festivals: February
Want to know what’s happening in Japan right now? Now you can! On the first of the month, we’ll share a monthly calendar of Japan’s upcoming holidays and notable festivals.
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Feb 3: Setsubun
Falling on the eve of spring according to the lunar calendar, Setsubun is traditionally held to ward off evil spirits
Feb 3-11: Sapporo Snow Festival
One of Japan’s largest snow festivals, the Sapporo Snow Festival is known for its incredible snow and ice sculptures.
Feb 6-11: Asahikawa Winter Festival
A quieter alternative to the famous Sapporo snow festival, the Asahikawa Winter Festival boasts equally astonishing sculptures.
Feb 8-16: Otaru Snow Festival
The city of Otaru illuminates its picturesque canal.
Feb 11: Foundation Day (national holiday)
Celebrates the mythical foundation day of Japan and the rise of its first emperor.
Feb 23: Emperor’s Birthday (national holiday)
A public holiday to celebrate the birth of the current emperor, Naruhito.