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Yamagata: Shinjo Matsuri

Festival with a 260-year history, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Festival features a parade of floats bedecked with historical figures, castles and artificial flowers, mikoshi accompanied by people in traditional costumes and Shishi odori (local dance by men ...

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Omogari National Fireworks Competition

See more than 10,000 shells being fired at the Omogari National Fireworks Competition. Event space at the Omono-gawa River, Daisen, Akita Pref.

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Akita: Zenkoku Hanabi Kyogi Taikai

Fireworks display contest, noted for the biggest of its kind in Japan with 18,000 fireworks in total. If it heavily rains, the date and time of the fireworks display are subject to change. Schedule & Key events: 5:30 p.m.-, 6:50 p.m.- Location: Omono River, ...

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Yamanashi: Yoshida-no Hi Matsuri

Fire Festival of the shrines, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, held to mark the end of the Mount Fuji climbing season. Himatsuri is the main event of this festival in which about 80 giant torches are set on ...

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Aichi: Ochochin Matsuri

Huge lantern festival. Ochochin (12 huge paper lanterns, 10 meters in length and five meters in diameter each, painted with colorful designs) are lighted up at the shrine. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 26 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Ochochin light up from 3 p.m. ...

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Tokyo: Asakusa Samba Carnival

Samba dancing parade with 24 samba teams’ participants in samba attire. Schedule & Key events: 1-6 p.m. Location: Kaminarimon-dori Street, Umamichi-dori Street, Taito-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Asakusa Station (G19, A18). Festival information compiled in cooperation ...

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Okinawa: Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri

Eisa is a traditional folk dancing native to Okinawa main island and is performed to the accompaniment with drumming. Groups of young people from all over Okinawa parade dancing eisa. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m. Eisa on the street in ...

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Koenji Awa Odori

The Koenji Awa Odori festival began back in 1957 to prosper the town of Koenji. Throughout the years, it spread amongst the nearby shopping districts and towns, and, currently, there are more than 10,000 dancers with 1 million guests that make up this festival. This ...

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Tokyo: Kameido Tenjin Reitaisai

Grand Festival of the shrine. The festival features about 1,000 kentomyo (lighted lanterns) and takigi-kagura (torch-lighted Shinto dance) performed in the shrine precincts and a parade of shrine’s mikoshi held once every four years, going through Ryogoku and Kinshicho area. Schedule & Key events: ...

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Tokyo: Koenji Awa Odori

Folk dancing festival originated in the Awa region in Tokushima Prefecture, demonstrated by people to the tune of merry music on the streets around JR Koenji Station. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 5-8 p.m. Location: Shopping streets around JR Koenji Station, Suginami-ku, Tokyo ...

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Tokyo: Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi

Folk dancing festival originated in Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku island, participated by about 100 groups from all over Japan. The dance festival is held in several sites. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ● Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Location: ...

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Asuka Corridor of Light

Asuka Corridor of Light

The village of Asuka, Nara Prefecture, is hosting a festival of light to celebrate a museum exhibition that will display ancient murals set to be removed from Kitora Tomb on Sept. 24. Among the sites lighting up over the two-night Asuka Hikari no Kairo ...

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The 18th Nippon Domannaka Festival

The 18th Nippon Domannaka Festival

The Nippon Domannaka Festival is said to be the Chubu region’s largest dance festival, hosting approximately 23,000 dancers. It is part competition and part traditional matsuri (festival). The dancers compete in teams and the one rule is that they must hold a naruko, which ...

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Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 2016

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 2016

The Harajuku neighborhood in central Tokyo is a center for modern pop culture, but on Aug. 27 and 28 it will stick to the classics. The Yosakoi odori will be the focus at the weekend festival, a dance imported from Kochi Prefecture. It will ...

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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: ● Aug. 1-4, 6-11, 18-21, 24, 27, 28 & Sept. ...

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Kyoto: Arashiyama Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is ¥1,800 without meal. Tickets are put on sale on the day from 30 min. before the departure time. No reservation is necessary unless you charter a boat for a group. Schedule & Key events: ● July 1-Aug. 31 (except Aug. ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.