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Saitama: Uchiwa Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine with more than 400 years history, featuring a parade of beautifully decorated 12 floats to the tune of festival music daily during the period. The highlight of this festival is tatakiai in which young men compete in drumming on ...

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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 21 from 8 p.m.: Local folk dancing parade on the town's main streets ...

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Fukuoka: Kokura Gion Daiko

Drumming Festival, each town in the city has its own drums, which are beaten by the townspeople going through the neighborhoods during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● July 21 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Demonstration of drumming at Otemon-mae Hiroba ● July 22 11 a.m.-2:40 p.m. ...

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Tokyo: Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 13,000 fireworks over Edogawa River. Depending on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:20 p.m.-8:20 p.m. Location: Shibamata Yakyu-jo (Edogawa River), Katsushika-ku, Tokyo Access: Keisei Kanamachi Line to Shibamata Station, and then walk 10 minutes. Festival information ...

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Kanagawa: Kamakura Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 4,000 fireworks at two beaches. Depend on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:20 p.m.-8:10 p.m. Location: Zaimokuza Beach, Yuigahama Beach, Kamakura, Kanagawa Access: JR Yokosuka Line to Kamakura Station, and then walk 15 minutes. Festival ...

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Fukushima: Aizu-Tajima Gion Matsuri

Festival of the shrines, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Schedule & Key events: ● July 22 from 1 p.m.: Kodomo-kabuki performance on the floats set in the center of the town from 4 p.m.: Parade of four o-yatai, on which ...

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Ehime: Uwajima Ushi-Oni Matsuri

One of the biggest summer festival in Shikoku region. Festival comes its climax when three mikoshi on the boat are carried on the sea and hashirikomi (men scramble for catching sacred white strips of paper hanging from a tall bamboo pole standing at the ...

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Osaka: Tenjin Matsuri

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

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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.-9:30 p.m. Parade from the shrine, through the ...

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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 & Key ...

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Tokyo: Noryo-no-Yube

Toro-nagashi in the moat at Chidorigafuchi Park. If it rains, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 6:50 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Location: Chidorigafuchi Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: Tokyo Metro Tozai, Hanzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Station. (T07, Z06, S05)(Exit 2), ...

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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 20 3 p.m.-5:30 ...

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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: ● July ...

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Tokyo: Kagurazaka Matsuri

Summer Festival of the area. The festival features hozuki (ground cherry) Fair and Awa odori folk dancing performed by townspeople in yukata (cotton Kimono). Schedule & Key events: ● July 25 & 26 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Hozuki fair at the temple ● July ...

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Tokyo: Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks Display with about 20,000 fireworks over Sumida River, held at the two sites. Depend on the weather conditions, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Location: Sumida River (The first venue : between Sakura and Kototoi Bridge, The ...

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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 27 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fireworks display in the playground of Arai Elementary ...

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