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Fukushima: Aizu-Tajima Gion Matsuri

Festival of the shrines, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.Schedule & Key events: ● July 22 from 1 p.m.: Kodomo kabuki performance on the floats set in the center of the town from 4 p.m.: Parade of four oyatai, ...

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Ehime: Uwajima Ushi-Oni Matsuri

One of the biggest summer festival in Shikoku region. Festival comes its climax when three mikoshi on the boat are carried on the sea and hashirikomi (men scramble for catching sacred white strips of paper hanging from a tall bamboo pole standing at the ...

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Osaka: Tenjin Matsuri

Festival, with over a 1,000-year history, counted as one of the three grandest festivals in Japan. This festival features horen on the sacred boat, going upstream on Okawa River, followed by a fleet of a hundred of boats decorated with lighted lanterns.Schedule & Key ...

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Wakayama: Tanabe Matsuri

Festival with a 450-year history and noted for its okasa. The highlight of this festival is a parade of mikoshi, three decorated horses, townspeople in traditional attire and eight okasa.Schedule & Key events: ● July 24 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Parade from the shrine, through ...

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Tokyo: Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks display with about 13,000 fireworks over Edogawa River. Depend on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day.Schedule & Key events: 7:20-8:20 p.m. Location: Shibamata Yakyu-jo (Edogawa River), Katsushika-ku, Tokyo Access: Keisei Kanamachi Line to Shibamata Station, and then walk ...

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Niigata: Yahiko Toro Matsuri

Lantern festival, with a 1,000-year history and designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The highlight of this festival is a procession of mikoshi, about 20 floats decorated with lots of lanterns, and hundreds people holding lanterns each.Schedule & Key ...

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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 ...

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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: ● ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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) ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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: ...

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