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Shimane: Gion Matsuri

Sagi-mai-Shinji or Heron Dance, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Two men dressed like herons and others in traditional costumes perform the dance in tune with leisurely music of drums, pipes and bells. Schedule & Key events: ● July 20 3-5:30 p.m. ...

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Yamaguchi: Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri

Annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is So-odori Yamaguchi Minakoi Nonta, a folk dancing parade of about 1,500 people in tune with the merry music through the city. Many events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● July ...

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Shizuoka: Enshu Arai-no Tezutsu Hanabi

Fireworks display, characterized by the pillars of fire, rising fire exceeding 20 meters up in the air, gushing out of cylinders held in the arms of young men. Schedule & Key events: ● July 28 7:30-9 p.m. Fireworks display in the playground of Arai Elementary School ● July ...

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Niigata: Joetsu Matsuri

Festival featuring a parade of mikoshi, floats and folk dancers, held daily. The highlight of this festival is mikoshi-no-kawakudari in which mikoshi is crossed over Seki River with a boat from Takada district to Naoetsu district. Many events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule ...

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Tokyo: Kagurazaka Matsuri

Summer festival of the area. The festival features hozuki (ground cherry) fair and Awa odori folk dancing performed by townspeople in yukata (cotton kimono). Schedule & Key events: ● July 26 & 27, 5:30-10 p.m. Hozuki fair at the temple ● July 28 & 29, 7-9 p.m. ...

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Tokyo: Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks display with about 22,000 fireworks over Sumida River. Depend on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:05-8:30 p.m. Location: Sumida River (between Sakura and Kototoi Bridge, between Komagata and Umaya Bridge), Taito-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) Toei Asakusa or Oedo ...

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Nagasaki: Nagasaki Peron Senshuken Taikai

Boat race of ancient-Chinese-style boats. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 9 a.m.- Location: Matsugae Kokusai Kanko Pier of Nagasaki Port, Nagasaki Access: JR Nagasaki Honsen Line to Nagasaki Station. From there, take streetcar to Oura Tenshudo, and then walk 3 min. Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist ...

SUN

Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks display with about 5,000 fireworks at Owada Park. Depend on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:30 p.m.- Location: Owada Park, Saitama Access: Tobu Noda Line to Omiya Koen Station or Owada Station, and then walk 15 min. Festival information ...

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Fukushima: Soma Noma-oi

Wild horses chasing with over a 1,000-year history, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. This festival features yoinori-keiba (horse racing by local people with traditional attire), ogyoretsu (a procession of warriors on horses), kacchu-keiba (horse racing by armored warriors), ...

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Kanagawa: Ashinoko Kosui Matsuri

Toro-nagashi (floating lighted lanterns on the water) and fireworks display over Lake Ashinoko, following the Shinto rites conducted by the Hakone-jinja Shrine's priests on the boats. Schedule & Key events: from 7:30 p.m.: Toro-nagashi from 8 p.m.: Fireworks display Location: Lake Ashinoko, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa Access: JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line or ...

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Ishikawa: Nafune Taisai

Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a procession of mikoshi on the boat through the torii gate standing in the sea near the shrine, and gojinjo-daiko (Japanese folkloristic drumming) by men wearing grotesque masks. Schedule & Key events: ● July 31 10-11 p.m. ...

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Aomori: Kuroishi Neputa Matsuri

Festival of neputa featuring a huge papier-mache or a fan-shaped lantern with effigies of legendary heroes painted on it. The highlight of this festival is a parade of about 60 carriages of lighted neputa pulled on the main street accompanied with the sound of ...

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Aomori: Hachinohe Sansha Taisai

Gorgeous festival of Sansha (three shrines; Ogami-jinja Shrine, Chojasan Shinra-jinja Shrine and Shinmei-gu Shrine), designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Many events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 1 & 3 from 3 p.m.: Parade ...

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Tokyo: Ueno Natsu Matsuri

Summer festival. Various events are scheduled around Ueno Park during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Antique fair around Shinobazu Pond ● July 17 from 7 p.m.: Toro-nagashi (floating lighted lanterns on the water) at Shinobazu pond ● July 22 1 p.m.-3 p.m. ...

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Hokkaido: Sapporo Natsu Matsuri

Summer festival in the city. If it heavily rains, fireworks display will be postponed to Aug. 4. Schedule & Key events: ● July 20-Aug. 15, noon-9 p.m. Open-air beer halls set up in Odori Park ● July 28, 7:40-8:30 p.m. Fireworks display near Minami Ohashi Bridge over ...

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Yamanashi: Fuefukigawa Isawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Admission is free. If it rains, fireworks display will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: ● every Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun. 8-8:50 p.m. Ukai on Fuefuki River ● daily 8:50-9 p.m. Fireworks display over the river Location: Fuefuki River, Fuefuki, Yamanashi Access: JR Chuo Honsen Line to Isawa-Onsen Station, ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.