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Tokyo: Asakusa Samba Carnival

Samba Dancing Parade with 18 samba teams' participants in samba attire. Schedule & Key events: 1 p.m.-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 Sta. (G19, A18) Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist ...

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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, Daisen, Akita Access: JR ...

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Tokyo: Kameido Tenjin Reitaisai

Annual 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. The festival is large in scale this year, and a parade of mikoshi and horen (palanquin) is the highlight. Schedule & ...

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Tokyo: Koenji Awa Odori

Folk Dancing Festival originated in the Awa region in Tokushima Pref., demonstrated by people to the tune of merry music on the streets around JR Koenji Sta. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Location: Shopping streets around JR Koenji Sta., Suginami-ku, Tokyo Access: JR Chuo ...

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Tokyo: Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi

Folk Dancing Festival originated in Kochi Pref. in Shikoku Island, participated by about 100 groups from all over Japan. The dance festival is held in several sites. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 26 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ● Aug. 27 10 ...

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Yamagata: Shinjo Matsuri

Festival with a 260-year history, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The festival features a parade of floats bedecked with historical figures, castles and artificial flowers, mikoshi accompanied by people ...

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Japan's Awa Odori festivals are a key part of summer

Japan's Awa Odori festivals are a key part of summer

Last year's Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic music festivals brought in more than 100,000 fans all clamoring to hear the latest in pop and rock. Those crowds were nothing, though, compared to the nearly 1.3 million people that the city of Tokushima welcomed for ...

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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 70 giant torches are set on ...

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Aichi: O-Chochin Matsuri

Huge Lantern Festival. Ochochin (12 huge paper lanterns, 10 meters in length and 5 meters in diameter each, painted with colorful designs) are lighted up at the shrine. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 26 7 p.m.-midnight Ochochin light up from 3 p.m.: & from 8 ...

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Hiroshima: HIROSHIMA KOKUSAI ANIMATION FESTIVAL

International Animation Festival, held every other year, since its start in 1985 under the spirits of love and peace. It is a big international animation film competition, in which the 75 selected titles are shown to the public. Advance admission tickets cost ¥1,000 (¥1,200 ...

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Okinawa: Okinawa Zento Ei-sah Matsuri

Ei-sah 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 ei-sah. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 31 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Ei-sah on the street ...

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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. 1-5, 7-11, 18-20, 24, 25 & Sept. 1, 2, 8 8 ...

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Kyoto: Arashiyama Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is 1,800JPY without meal. Tickets are put on sale on the day from 1 hr. 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. 16) ...

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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: ● July 1-Aug. 31 6:30 p.m.-8 ...

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Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. It will be held every day during the period except on the night of the full moon (Sept. 25 this year) or when the water is excessively muddy. Fee is ¥3,100 or ¥3,400 without meal. For reservation, please call 058-262-0104 (Gifu City ...

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Aichi: Kisogawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Fee is ¥2,600 (weekdays on June 1-July 13 & Sept. 1-Oct. 15) or ¥2,900 (every Sat. & Sun., July 14-Aug. 31, Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and Oct. 8), without meal. There are also lunch cruise every Tue., Thu., Sat. and Sun. with ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.