If you’ve ever thought that Japan is a country of polite people, sometimes too reserved for their own good, then head to Yamashiro Onsen in early June for a different perspective. The Shobu-yu Matsuri sees the town erupt into chaos as people charge through the town during a frantic parade, chanting, shouting and falling over. Don’t be surprised if you get more than a hint of sake and beer on the wind as the revellers rush past – this is a full-day event.