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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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Tokyo: Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 15,000 fireworks over Edogawa River. Depending on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:20-8:30 p.m. Location: Shibamata Yakyu-jo (Edogawa River), Katsushika-ku, Tokyo Access: Keisei Kanamachi Line to Shibamata Station, and then ...

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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 ...

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

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Tokyo: Kagurazaka Matsuri

Summer festival. Festival features hozuki (ground cherry) fair and awa odori folk dancing performed by townspeople in yukata (cotton kimono). Schedule & Key events: ● July 27 & 28 from 5:30 p.m.: Hozuki fair at the temple ● July 29 & 30 from 7 ...

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Tokyo: Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai

Tokyo: Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks display with about 20,000 fireworks over Sumida River. Depending on the weather conditions, the event will be canceled. 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) Toei Asakusa ...

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Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai

Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks display with about 5,000 fireworks at Owada Park. Depending 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 ...

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Kagurazaka Matsuri

Out of the numerous summer events that take place in Tokyo in July, the Kagurazaka Matsuri stands out above all of the other summer festivals this year with its lively atmosphere and its traditional locale. Running for its 45th year, the four-day Kagurazaka Matsuri ...

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Kanagawa: Ashinoko Kosui Matsuri

Toro-nagashi 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: JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line or ...

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Nagasaki: Nagasaki Peron Senshuken Taikai

Boat bace of ancient Chinese-style boats. Schedule & Key events: ● July 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ● July 31, 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 to ...

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Ishikawa: Nafune Taisai

Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a 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 ...

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Nagaoka Festival

See more than 10,000 shells being fired at the Nagaoka Festival.

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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 festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 1 & 3 from 3 ...

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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 60 carriages of lighted neputa pulled on the main street accompanied with the sound of ...

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Umeda Tanabata 2016

Umeda Tanabata 2016

Two lovers are separated by an insurmountable river, tragically fated to meet each other for only one day every year. That date depends on which calendar you use, so many Tanabata festivals run for long stretches of time to cover both July 7 and ...

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