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Osaka Events in February 2020

By Georgios Kechagias
January 29, 2020
Updated: October 5, 2020
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If you’ve planned a trip to Osaka or you are already there, this February you can warm up your body with plenty of liquor, as you will have the chance to visit 3 different liquor festivals! Both for fans of Japanese spirits and international spirits, from umeshu (plum wine) to shochu to wine, everything is on the menu! While you’re at it, don’t miss out on Setsubun Matsuri (traditional bean-throwing festival) and Ichiya Kanjo (one night) Festival!

Nature lovers and anyone who will miss hanami (sakura cherry tree blossom viewing), there is good news for you! Although not so grandiose as the sakura cherry blossoms, the ume matsuri (plum tree blossom festivals) are beautiful and worth your time. For the love-stricken, but also the heart-broken, February in Japan means Valentine’s Day and chocolates, and there’s a wonderful sweets buffet waiting for you to savor at the Hilton Hotel in Osaka! Last but not least, bear in mind that some of the Osaka Events in January continue into February, like the Osaka Castle Illuminage and the Strawberry Dessert Buffet.

Osaka Events in February 2020

Here are some exciting events happening in Osaka in February!

  1. Hilton Osaka Strawberry Dessert Buffet
  2. Dojima Yakushido Setsubun Omizukumi Festival
  3. Mottox World Wine Festival 2020
  4. Tenma Tenjin Umeshu Festival 2020 (Plum Wine Festival)
  5. Ichiya Kanji (One Night) Festival
  6. Plum Blossom Viewing
  7. Kumamoto Kagoshima Shochu Matsuri 2020

1. Hilton Osaka Strawberry Dessert Buffet

Cover image of the Hilton Osaka Strawberry Sweets Buffet

Valentine’s Day is special in Japan, as women are expected to give chocolates to men and men return the favor with gifts on White Day, a month later on March 14th. Of course, parents and friends can also give and receive chocolate. Whether you have a Valentine or not, if you have a sweet-tooth, the Hilton Hotel has prepared a strawberry dessert buffet, inspired by popular European fairy tales! So prepare your taste buds of course, for these sweet delights!

Dates: January 8 – May 17, 2020

Time and Price: Check the website for more details

Location: Hilton Osaka, Kita

Website: https://www.hiltonosaka.com/plans/restaurants/sweets/folkkitchen_2001

2. Dojima Yakushido Setsubun Omizukumi Festival

Setsubun Festival in Osaka

The Setsubun (bean-throwing festival) is a very old tradition taking place all around Japan in February to celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring. At home, people ward off the “demon” (a family member dressed in a demon costume or mask) by throwing beans, chanting “Demons out, luck in.” There are also celebrations at shrines and temples taking place, where you can try street food from the different yatai stalls around them. At Dojima Yakushido Temple special customs take place, like the goma-daki ritual where people throw goma-gi (prayer sticks) in the fire and receive omizukumi, pure water, to ward off evil. There is even a dragon parade! Take this chance to dress up like a demon and party through the night in the streets of the entertainment district.

Dates: February 3, 2020

Time: 3pm - 9pm

Price: Free

Location: Dojima Yakushido Temple, Kita

For other ceremonies’ locations, check out also the Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine in Higashiosaka and the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Sumiyoshi 

Website: http://www.kita-shinchi.org/omizukumi.html

3. Mottox World Wine Festival 2020

Poster of the Mottox World Wine Festival 2020

In case you’re not a fan of Japanese spirits or had enough of it, or you’re just a classy wine lover, Mottox World Wine Festival is the Osaka event for you in February, with wines from all over Europe and the US as well some Japanese sake, this festival will be a delightful experience.

Dates: February 4, 2020

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Price: 3,500yen

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Osaka, Kita

Website: https://www.mottox.co.jp/service/2020exb/

4. Tenma Tenjin Umeshu Festival 2020 (Plum Wine Festival)

Poster of the Tenma Tenjin Umeshu Festival 2020 (plum wine festival)

After plum blossom viewing, how about an umeshu plum wine tasting? Plum wine is becoming more and more popular abroad and quite rightfully because it tastes amai (sweet)! This year at the Tenma Tenjin Umeshu Festival, you will have the chance to taste a variety of umeshu from a selection of 300 hundred kinds for 100 to 150 yen per cup.

Dates: February 9 - 11, 2020

Time: 2pm

Price: Admission Free

Umeshu Plum Wine: 100 - 500 yen per cup

Ticket set: 1,000 yen (ten 100 yen tickets)

Plum Bonsai Festival ticket set: 1,500 yen (ten 100 yen tickets and 500 yen Plum Bonsai Festival admission ticket) 

Location: Osaka Temmagu Shrine, Kita

Website: https://umeshutaikai.com/

5. Ichiya Kanji (One Night) Festival

Yodo River with steam boat replicas and blossomed sakura cherry trees at ots banks

Classified as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Osaka Prefecture, at this little festival local people to console the spirits of the girls that gave their lives to save the village from the catastrophe of the Yodo river (currently known as Nakatsu river).

Dates: February 20, 2020

Time: 2pm

Price: Free

Location: Nozato Sumisha Shrine, Nishiyodogawa

Website: https://www.sumiyoshijinja.or.jp/

6. Plum Blossom Viewing

Japanese plum blossoms in full bloom

Hanami or “flower viewing” is an integral aspect of the Japanese culture and while sakura blossoms signify the coming of spring, and are by far the most popular outside Japan, ume (plum tree) blossoms signify the end of winter and there are several wonderful spots to watch and admire them in Osaka. Check out the locations below!

Dates: Late February to mid-March, 2020 (if you’re lucky, maybe even mid-February because of the warm winter this year)

Time: Check each location for more information

Price: Osaka Castle and the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park are free of admission, Domyoji Tenmangu Shrine  has a 300yen entrance fee for adults

Location: Osaka Castle, Chuo ; Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, Suita ; Domyoji Tenmangu Shrine, Fujiidera

Website:https://www.osakacastle.net/english/ ; https://www.expo70-park.jp/inbound/en_index.html ; https://www.domyojitenmangu.com/ 

7. Kumamoto Kagoshima Shochu Matsuri 2020

Poster of the Kumamoto Kagoshima Shochu Matsuri 2020

Drink, drink, drink! Japanese everyday life culture without alcohol would be unimaginable, especially for the modern sarariman ("salaryman," as Japanese call office workers). So, this festival is the best place to taste all kinds of shochu (a rice spirit that's much stronger than sake) and try wagyu beef and other specialties from the Kumamoto and Kagoshima regions!

Dates: February 25, 2020

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Price: Advance fee: 6,500yen / Same-day: 7,000yen

Location: Hotel Granvia Osaka, Kita

Website: https://www.granvia-osaka.jp/event/000104

Once again Osaka has a lot to offer in terms of both taste, tradition, and natural beauty. Be it the traditional festivals like Setsubun or the Ichiya Kanji Festivals, the plum blossom viewing or the strawberry sweets buffet, there is something for everyone. And while you’re on your trip to Osaka and tasting the different spirits make sure to try the amazing Osaka cuisine, to keep you full and sober (or not too drunk at least)!

For more things to do in "The Nation's Kitchen," browse food experiences in Osaka!

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Georgios Kechagias
Georgios is a modern nomad, changing countries and places when he has had his fill. He's curious about different cultures and experiences, like a 5-year old with a special focus on food. Proof of the latter can be found in the photo.
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