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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.

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Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai Fireworks

Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai Fireworks

Fireworks Display with about 5,000 fireworks at Owada Park. If it rains, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:30 p.m.- Location: Owada Park, Saitama, Saitama Access: Tobu Noda Line to Omiya Koen Station or Owada Station, and then ...

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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 ...

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Ishikawa: Nafune Taisai

Ishikawa: Nafune Taisai

The highlight of this festival is 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 p.m.-11 p.m. Procession ...

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Aomori: Hachinohe Sansha Taisai

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 period. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 1 & 3 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m., ...

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Aomori: Kuroishi Neputa Matsuri

Aomori: Kuroishi Neputa Matsuri

Festival of Neputa features 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 80 carriages of lighted neputa pulled on the main street accompanied with the sound of ...

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Hanagasa Matsuri

Hanagasa Matsuri happens in Yamagata city with parades and dancers. It is about a 10-minute walk from JR Yamagata Station.

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Zenkoku Furusato Koshien

While high school baseball hopefuls take to the diamond for the 97th annual Summer Koshien, food fans prepare their stomachs for the first annual Zenkoku Furusato Koshien, an event showcasing local cuisine of prefectures around Japan. The event, inspired by the famous Japanese High ...

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Umeda Tanabata 2015

Umeda Tanabata 2015

As summer closes in, you can look forward to Tanabata Matsuri, also known as the Star Festival. A traditional festival with its roots in a Chinese tale of star-crossed lovers, this event usually involves visitors writing wishes on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku, ...

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Tokyo: Ueno Natsu Matsuri

Tokyo: Ueno Natsu Matsuri

Summer Festival of the area. The highlight of this festival is Ueno Natsu Matsuri parade on Chuo-dori Street. Schedule & Key events: ● July 18 Parade on the street Location: Ueno Park and others, Taito-ku, Tokyo Access: JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza or ...

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Yamanashi: Fuefukigawa Isawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Admission is free. Schedule & Key events: ● every Wed., Thu., Sat. and Sun. 8 p.m.-8:50 p.m. Ukai on Fuefuki River ● daily 8:50 p.m.-9 p.m. Fireworks display over the river Location: Fuefuki River, Fuefuki, Yamanashi Access: JR Chuo Honsen Line to ...

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Hokkaido: Sapporo Natsu Matsuri

Hokkaido: Sapporo Natsu Matsuri

Summer Festival in the city. When it heavily rains, fireworks display will be postponed to Aug. 3. Schedule & Key events: ● July 22-Aug. 16 noon-9 p.m. Open-air beer halls set up in O-dori Park ● July 31 7:40 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fireworks display near ...

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Koenji Awaodori

Koenji Awaodori is a traditional summer dance festival. The closest station is Koenji Station in Suginami Ward.

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Ofusa Kannon Wind Chime Festival

Ofusa Kannon Wind Chime Festival

People say the sound of wind chimes ringing in the breeze can help relieve the stultifying heat of summer. If so, Kashihara’s Temple, commonly known as Ofusa Kannon, in Nara Prefecture, should be a great place to visit in the next couple of months. ...

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Gifu: Gujo Odori

Gifu: Gujo Odori

Folk Dance Meet, one of the most popular folk dancing events joined by thousands of people in yukata, to the accompaniment of festival music at several sites in the town. Schedule & Key events: ● July 11, 16, 18, 19, 25, 27, 28, 30 ...

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Kyoto: Ujigawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is ¥2,000 (child ¥1,000) without meal. Tickets are put on sale 30 min. before the boarding time on the day. No reservation is necessary unless you charter a boat for a group. Schedule & Key events: ● June 14-Aug. 31 6:30 ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.