There are some pretty outrageous festivals around the world. While huge music and party-type festivals come to mind, when it comes to cultural festivals, you can’t beat the Japanese. Japan has a considerable variety of festivals that take place all over the country and range from the Sapporo Snow Festival to the Hounen Penis Festival. Any flashpacker looking for a unique experience in Japan during the years of the Monkey or the Tiger should go to the Lake Suwa area (about 3 hours north of Tokyo) and take part in the Onbashira festival.
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