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Hokkaido: Sapporo Natsu Matsuri

Summer Festival in the city. Schedule & Key events: ● July 20-Aug. 15, noon-9 p.m. Open-air beer halls set up in Odori Park ● Aug. 11-Aug. 17, 6-9 p.m. Bon Odori in the Odori Nishi-2-chome area Location: Odori Park and others, Sapporo, Hokkaido Access: JR Chitose Line to Sapporo Station. ...

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Shizuoka: Mishima O-Matsuri

Summer Festival of the shrine. Many events are scheduled during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily daytime Parade of floats, through the city from 8 p.m.: Floats jostle at the shrine ● Aug. 16 from 4:05 p.m.: Musha gyoretsu (a warriors procession) on the main street leading ...

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Akita: Nishimonai Bon-Odori

Folk Dancing Meet, handed down for generations more than 700 years and designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Villagers in various kinds of colorful yukata and sedge-hats or black hoods perform dancing by the light of bonfires, to the ...

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Yamanashi: Fuefukigawa Isawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. Admission is free. If it rains, fireworks display will be canceled. Schedule & Key events: ● every Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun. 8-8:50 p.m. Ukai on Fuefuki River ● daily 8:50-9 p.m. Fireworks display over the river Location: Fuefuki River, Fuefuki, Yamanashi Access: JR Chuo Honsen Line to Isawa-Onsen Station, ...

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Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks display at two parks. Depending on the weather condition, the event in Omagi park will be postponed to next day and the event in Iwatsuki-bunka park will be postponed to Aug. 21. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 11 from 7:30 p.m.: 5,000 fireworks at ...

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The 54th Tsukumi Sensu Odori

The 54th Tsukumi Sensu Odori

Sensu (folding fans) are crucial in the summer, so it's no surprise there's a whole odori (dance) dedicated to them. The Tsukumi Sensu Odori is said to have been started by the warlord Otomo Sorin (1530-87). The elegance of the dance can be seen when ...

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Oita: Honba Tsurusaki Odori Taikai

Japanese Folk Dancing Meet. People in fancy attire gather in Tsurusaki Park Ground and dance in a ring to the sound of yokobue (Japanese flute) and kokyu (Chinese fiddle). Schedule & Key events: ● daily 7:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Location: Tsurusaki Park Ground, Tsurusaki, Oita Access: JR Nippo Honsen Line ...

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Tokyo: Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai

Fireworks display with 12,000 fireworks which is preceded by the music concerts in its vicinity. Depending on the weather condition, the event will be postponed to next day. Tickets are available at Ticket Pia, Seven-Eleven and CircleKsunkus. Schedule & Key events: 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Location: Jingu Baseball ...

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Yamagata: Shinjo Matsuri

Festival with a 260-year history, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The 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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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 Akita ...

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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 Station (G19, A18) Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center ...

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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 p.m.: Kagura ...

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Okinawa: Seinen Furusato Ei-sah Matsuri

Festival of Local performing arts featuring ei-sah, local folk dancing with drumming by groups of young people. Schedule & Key events: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Location: Chatan Koen Rikujo-kyogijo, Chatan-cho, Okinawa Access: From Naha Airport, take bus No. 120 to Gunbyoin-mae Bus Stop, and then walk 6min. Festival information compiled in ...

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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 rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 25 from 7 p.m.: Kentomyo light up and ...

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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 p.m.-8 p.m. Location: Shopping streets around JR Koenji Station, Suginami-ku, Tokyo Access: JR Chuo Line ...

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.