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Asakusa Samba Carnival

Asakusa Samba Carnival

Asakusa Samba Carnival, or a samba dancing parade, Asakusa, Taito-ku. About 4,700 participants in samba attire parade on Kaminarimon-dori Street and Umamichi-dori Street near Sensoji Temple from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Access: The Ginza or Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Asakusa Station (G ...

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Zenkoku Hanabi Kyogi Taikai

Zenkoku Hanabi Kyogi Taikai

Zenkoku Hanabi Kyogi Taikai (fireworks display contest), noted for the biggest of its kind in Japan, is held over the Omono River, Omagari, Akita Prefecture, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., and from 6:50 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (18,000 fireworks in total). In case ...

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Koenji Awa Odori

Koenji Awa Odori

Koenji Awa Odori, folk dancing originated in the Awa region in Tokushima Prefecture, is demonstrated by people to the tune of merry music on the streets around Koenji Station, Suginami-ku, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. Access: The JR Chuo Line ...

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Super Yosakoi 2014

Super Yosakoi 2014

Super Yosakoi 2014, a big folk dancing event similar to that of Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku, is held in Tokyo, and is participated by about 5,000 people from all over Japan. The event is held on Harajuku-Omotesando Street, at Meiji-Jingu Shrine, in Yoyogi Koen ...

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Honba Tsurusaki Odori Taikai

Honba Tsurusaki Odori Taikai, or the Japanese folk dancing gathering, at Tsurusaki, Oita, Oita Prefecture. People in fancy attire gather in Tsurusaki Koen and dance in a ring to the sound of yokobue (Japanese flute) and kokyu (Chinese fiddle) from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 ...

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Seinen Furusato Ei-sah Matsuri Festival

Seinen Furusato Ei-sah Matsuri Festival of Local Performing Arts, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, features ei-sah, or local folk dancing, with drumming by groups of young people at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Onoyama Koen Park from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both days. Admission is ...

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Azabu Juban Noryo Festival

Of the many local summer festivals in japan, the Azabu Juban Noryo, which takes place in the heart of Tokyo from Aug. 23-24, is one of the most popular in the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. With a history of ...

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Kameido Tenjin Taisai

Kameido Tenjin Taisai, or Annual Summer Festival of Kameido Tenjin, Koto-ku. Horen, a gorgeous palanquin (cart) is drawn by local people in the neighborhood from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Aug 23. A parade of 25 towns’ mikoshi (portable shrines) goes on Kuramae-dori ...

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Shinjo Matsuri Festival

Shinjo Matsuri Festival

Shinjo Matsuri Festival, Shinjo, Yamagata Prefecture, with a 250-year history, is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets. The festival features a parade of floats bedecked with historical figures, castles and artificial flowers, going on the city’s main streets from ...

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Yoshida-no-Hi-Matsuri

Yoshida-no-Hi-Matsuri

Yoshida-no-Hi-Matsuri, or fire festival, of Fuji Sengen Shrine and Suwa Shrine, Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets, is held to mark the end of the Mt. Fuji climbing season. On Aug. 26, a parade of two ...

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O-Chochin Matsuri

O-Chochin Matsuri, or the huge lantern festival, at Suwa Shrine, Ishiki-cho, Aichi Prefecture. On Aug. 26, o-chochin, 12 huge paper lanterns (10 meters in length and 5 meters in diameter each) painted with colorful designs, are hung and lighted up at the shrine from ...

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Gujo Odori

Gujo Odori

Gujo Odori, or a folk dance meet, open to all, Gujo, Gifu Pref. This is one of the most popular folk dancing events joined by thousands of people in yukata (cotton kimono), to the accompaniment of festival music at several sites around town. It ...

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Arashiyama Ukai

Arashiyama Ukai, Oi River, Arashiyama, Kyoto. Period of time: July 1-Sept. 15 (except Aug. 16) Departure time: 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. (July 1-Aug. 31); 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 1-15) Charge: ¥1,700 (without meal) The cruising to watch Ukai takes about one ...

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Ujigawa Ukai

Ujigawa Ukai, Uji River, Kyoto Pref. Period of time: Jun. 14-Sep. 21 Boarding time: 6:30 p.m., returning around 8 p.m. (June 14-Aug. 31); 6 p.m., returning around 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 1-Sept. 21) Charge: ¥2,000 (child: ¥1,000) without meal Tickets are put on sale 30 ...

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Nagaragawa Ukai

Nagaragawa Ukai

Nagaragawa Ukai, Nagara River, Gifu Pref. Period of time: May 11 – Oct. 15 (except July 26, Aug. 2 and Sept. 9) Boarding time: 6:15 p.m. Departure time: 7:15 p.m., returning around 8:30 p.m. Charge: ¥3,100 (without meal) for weekdays, ¥3,400 (without meal) for ...

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Kisogawa Ukai

Kisogawa Ukai, Kiso River, Aichi Pref. Period of time: Jun. 1st – Oct. 15th (except Aug. 10th), Boarding time: 7:20 pm, returning around 8:10 pm (Jun. 1st – Aug. 31st ), 6:50 pm, returning around 7:45 pm (Sep. 1st – Oct. 15th) Charge: ¥2,600 ...

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