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Shizuoka: Enshu Arai-no Tezutsu Hanabi

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 24 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fireworks display in the playground of ...

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Osaka: Tenjin Matsuri

Osaka: Tenjin Matsuri

Festival, with over a 1,000-year history, is counted as one of the three grandest festivals in Japan. 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 & ...

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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, ...

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Tokyo: Kagurazaka Matsuri

Summer Festival of the area. Festival features Hozuki (ground cherry) Fair and awa odori folk dancing performed by townspeople in yukata (cotton kimono). Schedule & Key events: ● July 22 & 23 from 5:30 p.m.: Hozuki fair at the temple ● July 24 & ...

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Tokyo: Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai

Tokyo: Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 20,000 fireworks over Sumida River. If it rains, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:05 p.m.-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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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri

The Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri is a traditional festival right on the streets next to Shinjuku Station.

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Aichi: Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri

Aichi: Owari Tsushima Tenno Matsuri

Festival, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties and highlighted by two parades of boats, makiwara-bune boats decorated with hundreds of lighted lanterns under the fireworks display and danjiri-bune boats with a doll of noh (traditional masked drama) play’s character ...

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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 & ...

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Niigata: Kozan Matsuri

Gold Mine Festival. The town was once a gold mining town in feudal days. Schedule & Key events: ● July 26 8 p.m.-9 p.m. Local folk dancing parade on the town’s main streets 9 p.m.-9:20 p.m. Fireworks display in Kasugazaki Location: Hama Park and ...

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Fukuoka: Tobata Gion Yamagasa

Fukuoka: Tobata Gion Yamagasa

Festival of the shrines, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. It features a parade of yamagasa (huge magnificence eight floats each shaped like a pyramid decorated with hundreds of lighted lanterns) carried by townspeople through the city daily during ...

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Nagasaki: Nagasaki Peiron Senshuken Taikai

Nagasaki: Nagasaki Peiron Senshuken Taikai

Boat Race of over 70 ancient-Chinese-style boats. Schedule & Key events: ● July 25 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ● July 26 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: Matsugae Kokusai Kanko Pier of Nagasaki Port, Nagasaki Access: JR Nagasaki Honsen Line to Nagasaki Station. From there, take streetcar ...

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Fukushima: Soma Noma-oi

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. 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), shinki-sodatsusen ...

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Shimane: Gion Matsuri

Sagi-mai-Shinji or Heron Dance is 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: ● ...

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Yamaguchi: Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri

Yamaguchi: Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri

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 period. Schedule & Key events: ● July 20 from 6 p.m.: ...

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Niigata: Joetsu Matsuri

Festival features 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 Sekikawa River with a boat from Takada district to Naoetsu district. Many events are scheduled during the festival period. ...

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Gion Matsuri

The historic Gion Matsuri, one of the oldest in Japan, will feature parades and other major events southwest of Kyoto City Hall. The Yamaboko Junko parades happen on July 17 and 24th. The closest stations are Karasuma Oike, Kyoto Shiyakushomae, Karasuma, Kawaramachi.

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.