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

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Gion Matsuri

The historic Gion Matsuri, one of the oldest in Japan, will feature parades and other major events southwest of Kyoto City Hall. The Yamaboko Junko parades happen on July 17 and 24th. The closest stations are Karasuma Oike, Kyoto Shiyakushomae, Karasuma, Kawaramachi.

THU
Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai Fireworks

Saitama: Saitama-shi Hanabi Taikai Fireworks

Fireworks Display with about 5,000 fireworks at Owada Park. If it rains, the event will be postponed to next day. Schedule & Key events: 7:30 p.m.- Location: Owada Park, Saitama, Saitama Access: Tobu Noda Line to Omiya Koen Station or Owada Station, and then ...

FRI

Kanagawa: Ashinoko Kosui Matsuri

Toro-nagashi (floating lighted lanterns on the water) 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 ...

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Aizome Experience Workshop

Aizome Experience Workshop

Aizome (indigo dyeing) has a history of more than 700 years in Japan, with its distinct color often being called Japan blue. If you’re interested in learning more about the practice, then the Ai-no-Yakata, Aizumicho Historical Museum in Tokushima Prefecture is a great place ...

FRI
Diorama Kyoto Japan

Diorama Kyoto Japan

Diorama Kyoto Japan has one of the largest railway dioramas in Japan. With a total length of 2.7 km of miniature railway tracks and 800 carriages, this miniature city of Kyoto should delight anyone with a love of trains. Visitors can watch tiny versions ...

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Ishikawa: Nafune Taisai

Ishikawa: Nafune Taisai

The highlight of this festival is 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 31 10 p.m.-11 p.m. Procession ...

SAT
Yukata De Guide Tour

Yukata De Guide Tour

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this August, the Yukata De Guide Tour gives participants a glance into old Edo. The tour will take traditionally dressed guests to an outdoor tea ceremony at Kokugikan Arena, on an evening cruise of the Sumida River, and back in ...

SAT

Aqua Metropolis Osaka Opening Event

Aqua Metropolis Osaka will make a splash this August, with a vibrant water-filled opening event set against the vibrant backdrop of Dotonbori. For the event, which will be held between the iconic Ebisubashi and Tazaemonbashi on Dotonbori canal, world-famous performers will take the “stage,” ...

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Caribbean/Latin America Festival 2015

For two days this summer, Yoyogi Park will turn into a Caribbean paradise as people from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Mexico and many more countries will share their countries and their cultures. Caribbean/Latin America Festival has been held twice since it began in ...

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Water Run Chiba

What better way to cope with the scorching summer heat than run around throwing water balloons and squirting water guns? On the two hottest days of the summer, Water Run invites 6,000 people per day to take part in the first water festival in ...

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Maker Faire Tokyo 2015

Maker Faire Tokyo 2015

In 2005 the American DIY magazine Make inspired a movement that brought together all kinds of creators, with one aim in mind: to inspire everyone — professionals, amateurs and the general public — to use their imagination and whatever skills they had to invent ...

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Tokyo: Asagao-ten

Asagao (morning glory) Fair. Flowers are in bloom usually in the morning. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 8 a.m.-noon Location: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: (1) Tokyo Metro Hibiya, Chiyoda Line or Toei Mita Subway Line to Hibiya Station (H07, C09, I08); (2) ...

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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 period. Schedule & Key events: ● Aug. 1 & 3 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m., ...

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

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Hanagasa Matsuri

Hanagasa Matsuri happens in Yamagata city with parades and dancers. It is about a 10-minute walk from JR Yamagata Station.

Notice: Event and location information is subject to change.