Arima Cherry Blossom Festival
8th: Stalls, performances and geisha dances are all part of this local festival.
27th Jul – 27th Aug: Viewing boxes and stages are set up in the Arima River Shinsui park, and stalls, games, performances, and geisha dances can be enjoyed while taking in the summer night.
27th Jul – 26th Aug: Viewing boxes and stages are set up in the Arima River Shinsui park, and stalls, games, performances, and geisha dances can be enjoyed while taking in the summer night.
5th – 6th: Stalls and games line the main road. Carried out alongside the Arima Ryofu Kawazashiki, the town really comes to life.
1st: A local festival in which the mikoshi (a sacred palanquin) and lion dance parade around from Tousen-jinjya (shrine) throughout the town.
2nd – 3rd: A tea ceremony in commemoration of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in which the Omote-senke and Ura-senke styles go in alternation and tearooms are set up in 3 locations around town.
4th – 5th, 10th – 12th, 17th – 19th: Open-air tea ceremony held at Zuihou-ji Park. Feel free to take part in this tea ceremony for yourself.
2nd: A traditional celebration where you can witness of a procession from Onsen-ji to Arima Elementary School’s cultural auditorium, and geisha dressed as Yuna(Onsen cordinators) stir up the springs. This ceremony has been carried out since the Edo Period, and is a show of gratitude for god and the prosperity of the springs
4th: In Arima it is a day of ghosts, and long ago there was a man among the Yuna, so on this day you can see men dressed as Geisha, and in costume, about the town.