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Niigata: Murakami Taisai

Festival features a parade of three mikoshi and 19 oshagiri (beautifully sculptured and lacquered floats) following children in traditional attire and so on. Schedule & Key events: ● July 7 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Parade along the city’s main streets Location: Haguro-jinja Shrine and others, Murakami, ...

TUE

Kyoto: Sei Daimyojin Reisai

Annual Festival of the shrine is highlighted by a game of kemari, played by the shrine priests, who loft a small ball with their insteps. Schedule & Key events: from 3 p.m.: Kemari game from 4 p.m.: Japanese dance by girls Location: Shiramine-jingu Shrine, ...

TUE

Nara: Renge-e

Religious lesson of story-telling. One of the biggest events of the temple. The ritual of renge-e, in which parishioners on the boats pick up lotus flowers and donate them to each temple. The ritual of kaeru-tobi, in which the frog pantomimes the story of ...

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Tokyo: Kishimojin-no-Natsu Ichi

Asagao (morning glory) Fair. About 40 stalls selling potted morning glories, wind-bells, gold fishes and others are set up in the precincts of the temple. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Location: Kishimojin Temple, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) Toei Streetcar Arakawa ...

FRI

Shizuoka: Fujisan Yama-biraki

Ceremony to open the official climbing season of Mt. Fuji, featuring yama-biraki (a ceremony to mark the opening Mt. Fuji’s climbing season) and nyuzan-shiki (a ceremony praying for the safety of the climbers and laying flowers on a monument of “Sir Rutherford Alcock (1809-1897),” ...

SAT
Senseki Train Fes

Senseki Train Fes

The 3/11 earthquake and tsunami damaged a wide range of buildings and services in Tohoku, including coastal railways. After four years of repairs, it seems things are back on track as the JR Senseki line began its first train service on May 30, 2015. ...

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Chiba: Narita Gion Matsuri

Annual Festival of the temple with a history of 300 years features sobiki, a parade of 10 floats and mikoshi, and soodori, folk music and dancing performed on the floats. Schedule & Key events: ● July 10 from 1:30 p.m.: Soodori parades along the ...

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Chiba: Sawara-no-Taisai Natsu Matsuri

Summer Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a parade of 10 beautiful floats topped with large-size dolls modeled after historical figures, birds, beasts and others on the main streets of the city. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 10 a.m.-10 ...

SUN

Kanagawa: Enoshima Tenno-sai (Mikoshi Kaijo Togyo)

Annual Festival of two shrines. mikoshi is carried into the sea of Enoshima. The scene of the youths jostling one another in the sea is always a vigorous and magnificent sight to behold. Schedule & Key events: from 11 a.m.: mikoshi goes into the ...

MON

Tokyo: Noryo-no-Yube

Toro-nagashi (floating lighted lanterns on the water) in the moat at Chidorigafuchi Park. If it rains, the event will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: 6:45 p.m.-7:40 p.m. Location: Chidorigafuchi Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, Hanzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line ...

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Fukuoka: Hakata Gion Yamagasa

The highlight of this festival comes on July 15 when yamagasa (gorgeously decorated floats topped with elaborate decorations including miniature castles, flowers and historical heroes’ dolls) are drawn one after another by young men every 5 min. The floats are on display at 14 ...

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Tokyo: Tsukudajima-no-Bon Odori

Folk Dancing Festival of the area. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dancing for kids 8 p.m.-9 p.m. Dancing for adults Location: Tsukuda 1-chome area, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line or Toei Oedo Subway Line to Tsukishima Station (Y21, ...

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Mitama Matsuri

The traditional Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni Shrine near Kudanshita Station. More than 30,000 lanterns are lit along the approach to the shrine.

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Tokyo: Mitama Matsuri

Soul Festival of the shrine, associated with “Buddhist Bon Festival.” Over 30,000 lanterns are lit up along the approach to the shrine. Various events, such as traditional performances, folk dancing and mikoshi carrying, are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● ...

SAT

Adachi Fireworks Festival

The Adachi Fireworks Festival happens around the Arakawa River in Chiyoda Ward. The closest station is Kita-senju Station.

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44th Edogawa Goldfish Festival

44th Edogawa Goldfish Festival

The Edogawa Ward of Tokyo is one of Japan’s most famous goldfish breeding districts. Although more than a century has passed since its opening during the Meiji Period, the ward today still proudly produces high-quality goldfish. More than 20 goldfish breeds, such as Ryukin, ...

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