Japan Fes



Everything you need to know at Japan Fes!

Dive into the heart of Japanese culture without leaving Europe! The much-anticipated Japan Fes is just around the corner, and we’re here to make sure you’re fully prepared for an unforgettable experience. Get ready to explore all that Japan has to offer right in Kapermolenpark. Complete with a chance to win a trip to Japan by collecting 5 stamps at the event.

Event Details:

Date and Time:



Location: Kapermolenpark, Hasselt 3500

Tickets: Secure your spot by purchasing tickets in advance online.

●Basic Ticket

  • Adults: €10
  • Students (ages 13-18): €5
  • Kids (ages 0-12):Free

*Tickets will be available online on the day of the event. However, to avoid crowds, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

●Combi Ticket * Grant access to Japan Fes and Japanse Tuin

  • Adults: €15
  • Students (ages 13-18): €5
  • Kids (ages 0-12):Free

What to Expect:

Floor Map:Japan Fes Floor Map.PDF

Food Vendors 

●Takoyaki & More (Takoyaki)

●Ramen Nobu (Mazesoba)

●Nonbe Daigaku (Japanese Curry & Noodle)

●Koku Ramen(Ramen)

●J-Next Bar(Drink)

●Owa Beer(Beer & Gyoza)

●Osaka Ball(Takoyaki & Fried Chiken)

●Land of Sake(Sake)

●Rio Brewing(Beer)

●J-Next Wagyu BBQ (Wagyu BBQ)

●Teaup (Match Drinks)

●Daruma Crepe(Matcha Crepe)

●Pâtisserie-Chocolaterie Yasushi Sasaki(Sweets)

●Sushi Fumi(Sushi)



●Japan Starts with ANA, Master Tours and Brussles Airport (PR “A Trip to Japan”)

●Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau(PR “A Trip to Osaka” & Osaka Expo 2025)

●Daio Wasabi Farm(Wasabi tasting & Souvenier)

●Kuradai Miso(Miso tasting)

●Hallelujah Kimono(Kimono)

●AMESANKOH(Japanese Product)

●Riken Europe(Scientific research)


Workshops and Demonstrations:

● Sushi Fumi Maki Sushi Class *pre-register via here

●Taiko Drumming with Tátake!-Taiko! *pre-register via here

●Hallelujah Kimono Photography Experience *pre-register via here

●Foot Darts *Free

●Origami Folding & Gold Fish Scooping*Free

●Japan Experience Katanuki & Water Baloon Fishing *3€/attempt

●Syosakka *Free


Stage Performance:

●Showcase your cosplay *pre register via here 

●Karaoke Contest *pre-register via here 

●Special Stage by Hironobu Kageyama, details to be found here

Planning Your Visit:

Getting There: Kapermolenpark, the main entrance located on Koning Boudewijnlaan. Find nearby parking via the map

Cashless System: To enhance your experience and streamline transactions, Japan Fes is proud to introduce the cashless payment system. Convenient and secure, this system will be your key to purchasing food, drinks, merchandise, and workshop tickets throughout the event. Recieve the limited special Osaka expo edition of the cash card upon arrival.

Stay Connected:
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #japanfes to share your experiences and stay updated on any last-minute details.


Japan Fes promises to be a spectacular celebration of Japanese culture, offering something for everyone, from foodies and families to culture enthusiasts and curious explorers. We can’t wait to welcome you and share the beauty, excitement, and tradition of Japan. See you at Japan Fes!



Showcase Your Cosplay: Enter the Catwalk Event at Japan Fes

We’re kicking off the search for participants for the “Cosplay Catwalk at Japan Fes” set to take place on the Japan Fes stage.

The catwalk stage will be set on the Japan Fes stage, and following the event, a photo session will be held right next to the stage. This is your chance to showcase your pride and joy in cosplay! Participation is open to both groups and individuals. Note that each session will have a limit of 10 groups, and if applications exceed this limit, selection will be based on the cosplay work and group composition.

“Cosplay Catwalk at Japan Fes” Event Details

Dates & Times:
① April 13 (Sat)  11:00-11:30
② April 13 (Sat) 15:00-15:30
③ April 14 (Sun) 11:00-111:30
Number of groups per session: 10
Participation fee: Free ※An admission ticket to Japan Fes is required.
Application: Please apply through the following form:

Important Notes

●Please be aware that photography by the general public will be allowed at the event, and your images may be posted on social media or elsewhere.
●Photos and videos captured during the event may be used by the event organizers for promotional purposes, without individual notification.
●You cannot specify the music used during the catwalk.
●If appearing as a group, all members must cosplay from the same work.
●There will be no rehearsal.


Win a trip to Japan!

Your gateway to experiencing the rich tapestry of Japanese culture. At Japan Fes, not only will you embark on a journey through the exquisite tastes, sights, and sounds of Japan, but you’ll also stand a chance to win an incredible journey to the Land of the Rising Sun itself!

Here’s How You Can Win a Dream Trip to Japan:

  1. Step into the Heart of Japan: Join us at Japan Fes and let your senses be captivated by the authentic essence of Japanese culture.
  2. Embark on a Stamp Rally Adventure: Dive into the festival spirit by indulging in delectable food from our vendors or exploring the unique booths. Collect 5 stamps to complete your rally and move one step closer to Japan.
  3. Seal Your Journey: Swing by the Information Center with your completed stamp rally to register your entry. It’s your gateway to a dream vacation!
  4. Await the Magic: Mark your calendars for April 15th, when one lucky adventurer will be contacted to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Japan.

Prize Details – Your Gateway to Exploration:


  • Fly with ANA: Secure 1 economy class return ticket from Brussels to Tokyo, courtesy of ANA. It’s your ticket to an unforgettable journey.
  • Plan with Tooku: Receive a voucher worth €500 to plan your adventure, ensuring your trip is nothing short of magical.
  • VIP Experience at Brussels Airport: Enjoy exclusive access to the lounge and fast lane, starting your journey in style and comfort.

Please Note:

  • Each ticket to Japan Fes is your entry to this grand adventure. Embrace this opportunity to explore, experience, and enjoy the essence of Japan like never before.



Experience the Thrill of Taiko Drumming with Tátake!-Taiko!

At “Japan Fes”, we’re excited to bring you a Taiko drumming class hosted by Tátake!-Taiko, renowned for their electrifying Taiko performances across Europe. This class welcomes everyone from beginners to experienced drummers to explore the profound world of Taiko. We’ll guide you through everything from the basics to more complex rhythmic patterns, step by step.


TÁTAKE!-TAIKO Taiko Class Overview

  • Fee: €5 per person

Schedule *10 participants per session

April 13th (Saturday)

⚪︎11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

⚪︎12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

⚪︎1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

⚪︎3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

⚪︎4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

⚪︎5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

⚪︎6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

April 14th (Sunday)

⚪︎11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

⚪︎12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

⚪︎1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

⚪︎3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

⚪︎4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

How to Reserve

Reserve your spot by purchasing a Taiko class ticket through the links provided:

●For April 13th (Saturday), click here

●For April 14th (Sunday), click here

*Note: A Japan Fes admission ticket is required to participate in this workshop.


  • Inside the “Japan Fes” venue at Kapermolenpark, Hasselt (Elfde-Liniestraat 11, 3500 Hasselt)


Tátake!-Taiko is an organization established to spread and inherit the art of Taiko drumming. Through lessons, workshops, corporate events, and concerts, they engage in various activities. Their unique method, known as “Shizen Zen,” focuses on natural posture, movement, and relaxation, offering a distinctive approach to the traditional art of Taiko drumming.


Sushi Fumi Maki Sushi Class!

At “Japan Fes,” we are excited to host a “Maki Sushi Class” organized by Fumi, who graduated from the “Tokyo Sushi Academy,” a school for training sushi chefs. The class is open to beginners and is a great opportunity for children and friends to join in the fun together, with up to 12 participants. Why not challenge yourself and enjoy making maki sushi? We are looking forward to your participation.

Sushi Fumi

Sushi Fumi

Maki Sushi Class Overview

Fee: €39+tax

*Limited to 12 participants per session

  • April 13th (Saturday)

⚪︎12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

  • April 14th (Sunday)

⚪︎12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Included in the Fee

●Introduction to making maki sushi, uramaki (inside-out roll), and fried sushi

●Take home the sushi you make

How to Reserve

Please purchase your session ticket through the links below:

●For April 13th (Saturday), click here

●For April 14th (Sunday), click here

*Note: A Japan Fes admission ticket is required to participate in this workshop.


Inside the “Japan Fes” venue

Kapermolenpark, Hasselt (Elfde-Liniestraat 11, 3500 Hasselt)

Sushi Fumi

Chef Fumi Atsumi educated at the Tokyo Sushi Academy, where she earned her Sushi School Diploma in 2016, Fumi mastered traditional sushi preparation techniques. Her expertise was recognized in 2019 with a special certificate, awarded in the presence of the Japanese ambassador. For Fumi, the essence of exceptional sushi lies in the freshness of the rice.



Anisong Singer Hironobu Kageyama to Perform at Japan Fes – A First-Time Performance in Belgium!

We are thrilled to announce that Hironobu Kageyama, a leading figure in the anisong (anime song) industry, will grace the Japan Fes with his presence as a special guest. The festival, set to take place on April 13th and 14th, will feature Kageyama’s debut performance in Belgium, marking a significant moment for both the artist and fans alike.

Hironobu Kageyama is renowned for his iconic contributions to some of Japan’s most beloved anime series. His voice has brought to life anthems such as “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” from the Fuji TV anime “Dragon Ball Z” and “Soldier Dream” from the TV Asahi anime “Saint Seiya,” among others. As a pivotal artist in the Japanese anisong realm, Kageyama has shaped the soundtrack of many fans’ childhoods and continues to influence the genre today.

Special Stage with Hironobu Kageyama at Japan Fes

Date & Time:

  • April 13th (Saturday) 18:00 – 18:30
  • April 14th (Sunday) 16:00 – 16:30

About Hironobu Kageyama

Debuting in 1977 as “Michell,” the vocalist of the shining Japanese rock band “LAZY,” Kageyama left his mark with hits like “Akazukin-chan Goyoujin” and “DREAMER.” His transition to Columbia Records in 1985 introduced him to the world of anime and tokusatsu (special filming) songs, leading to the creation of defining themes such as “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” for “Dragon Ball Z” and “Soldier Dream” for “Saint Seiya.” These songs solidified his standing as a leading figure in the anisong industry. Today, Kageyama’s talents span lyric writing, composing, arranging, and producing. He is also the leader of the anisong singer unit “JAM Project,” through which he continues to make a significant impact on the global stage.

This is a rare opportunity to experience the power of Hironobu Kageyama’s performance live in Belgium. Fans of anime and Japanese culture alike will not want to miss the chance to see this legend in action. His participation at Japan Fes is sure to create unforgettable memories and further enrich the cultural exchange that the festival embodies.

Don’t miss out on this unique cultural event that celebrates the best of Japanese entertainment and cuisine. Secure your tickets now and prepare to be captivated by the energy and passion of Hironobu Kageyama’s music.

Event Details

Ticket Information

Ticket Page: https://entrytickets.be/japan-fes/2024

  • Basic Ticket
    • Adults: €10
    • Students (13-18 years old): €5
  • Combi Ticket (Japan Fes & Japanse Tuin)
    • Adults: €15
    • Students (13-18 years old): €5

*Children under elementary school age require an accompanying adult with a ticket.

About Japan Fes

Japan Fes aims to showcase the rich tapestry of Japanese culture through a variety of mediums. Attendees can look forward to indulging in authentic Japanese cuisine, engaging in cultural workshops, and enjoying a series of stage events that highlight the beauty and tradition of Japan.

This festival is not only for the Japanese residing in Euregio but also for Europeans who have an interest in discovering and celebrating Japanese culture.

Please Note

*Event details are subject to change without notice.
*All times are local.


Japan Fes Committee