Events in Japan



Kabahara Festival

【Date】 Jun. 30 - Jul. 2

【Area】 Niigata-city, Niigata


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Oouchi-juku Hange Festival

【Date】 Hangesho in July(11th day from summer solstice), usually on the 1st or 2nd of July

【Area】 Minami-aizu, Fukushima


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Murakami Festival

【Date】 Jul. 6-7

【Area】 Murakami-city, Niigata


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Shimanrokusennichi Houzuki Market

【Date】 July 9-10

【Area】 Asakusa, Tokyo


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Kyoto Gion Festival

【Date】 July 1-31 (Esp. 14-17)

【Area】 Kyoto


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Hakata Gion Yamakasa

【Date】 July 1-15

【Area】 Hakata, Fukuoka

【URL】 https://www-hakatayamakasa-com

Description】 Hakata Gion Yamakasa has a history as long as about 800 years, and it's the festival centering Kushida Shrine that enshrined Gion Okami in 941. The float called Yamakasa, shorter Kakiyama and taller Kazariyama, which used to be 15m tall, are carried through Hakata city, and the energy of the festival is immense. Hakata was divided into seven districts by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1586, and soon after carrying the Yamakasa through their own districts became a competition for speed. At 4:59 in the morning of the 15th, the race between the districts named the Oiyamakasa takes place, and it is said to be a soul-shaking one hour to follow.



Sawara Autumn Festival

【Date】 The following Friday to Sunday after the 10th of July

【Area】 Sawara-city, Chiba


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One of the three major festivals in Kanto region.



Hamaori Festival

【Date】 3rd Monday of July

【Area】 Chigasaki-city, Kanagawa


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Aizu Tajima Gion Festival

【Date】 July 22-24

【Area】 Minami-aizu, Fukushima


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Together with Kyoto Gion Festival and Hakata Gion Yamagasa, Aizu Tajima Gion Festival is counted as one of the three major Gion festivals. It boasts a history longer than 800 years, and it has a lot to see including the parade of 40 brides.


大阪天満宮 天神祭

Tenjin Festival

【Date】 Jul. 24-25

【Area】 Osaka-city, Osaka


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若一王子神社 流鏑馬神事

Nyakuichi-oji Shrine Yabusame Ceremony

【Date】 4th Sunday of July

【Area】 Omachi, Nagano


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Kagami-ryu Kiba Dakyu

【Date】 August 2

【Area】 Hachinohe-city, Aomori


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Lake Kawaguchi Fireworks Festival

【Date】 August 4-5 (main fireworks is on the 5th)

【Area】 Fujiyoshida-city, Yamanashi


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Furusato Miya Festival

【Date】 1st Weekend of August

【Area】 Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi


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Morioka Sansa-dance Festival

【Date】 August 1-4

【Area】 Morioka-city, Iwate


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Akita Kantou Festival

【Date】 August 3-6

【Area】 Akita


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Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival

【Date】 August 3-8

【Area】 Goshogawara, Aomori


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Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

【Date】 August 5-7, 6:00pm-9:00pm

【Area】 Yamagata-city, Yamagata


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Aomori Nebuta Festival

【Date】 August 2-7

【Area】 Aomori


Description】 Aomori Nebuta Festival is one of the three largest festivals in Tohoku area. The origin of this festival is believed to be related to a noble shogun from Heian Period, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, who used flutes and taiko drums to attract the attention of the enemy during a battle. He defeated Aterui, the boss of Emishi tribes from Tohoku, and Aterui was beheaded in Kyoto. Aterui's family and followers were ordered to dig large holes where they were buried alive. "Ne" stands for the world of the dead, and "buta" stands for the dirt that covered their bodies. While the floats of Tamuramaro are carried, it is said that dancers called "Haneto(=bouncer)" stomp the ground to seal the dead.



Sendai Tanabata Festival

【Date】 August 6-8

【Area】 Place


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Yosakoi Festival

【Date】 August 9-12

【Area】 Kochi


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Tokushima Awa-dance Festival

【Date】 August 12-15

【Area】 Tokushima

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The Gozan Okuribi

【Date】 August 16,  8:00pm-8:50pm

【Area】 Kyoto


Description】 It's a Buddhist temples' ceremony to send their ancestors' spirits who came back to the present world during Obon period back to their world. For about 30 minutes each, the temples on the side of the five mountains place bonfires in the shapes of specific letters or designs. You can view those okuribis from hotels around Kyoto Station or outside where you can see those mountains. You are encouraged to put your hands together as you send those spirits off, and make a prayer of peace in your mind.



Yoshida's Fire Festival

【Date】 August 26-27

【Area】 Fujiyshida-city, Yamanashi


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Counted as one of the weirdest festivals in Japan.


Oomagari National Fireworks Competition

【Date】 The last Saturday of August, 5:15pm- / 6:50pm-

【Area】 Daisen-city, Akita


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The most authorized national competition of fireworks in Japan with the longest history.

About 18,000 fireworks.



Koenji Awa-Dance Festival

【Date】 The last weekend of August

【Area】 Koenji in Tokyo


【Description】 It's the second largest Awa-dance festival in Japan next to Tokushima, and more than 150 groups named "-REN" perform their dancing in various different styles. Those rens would go through the main shopping streets in Koenji as they show their performances, and the both sides of the streets are packed with spectators. The town is a magnetic field to exoticism, art, rock music, yoga, and otherr deep subcultures. There are so many magical small pubs and bars where you can enjoy drinking!




Owara Kaze no Bon Festival

【Date】 September 1-3

【Area】 Yatsuo-city, Toyama


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Kakunodate Festival

【Date】 Sep. 7-9

【Area】 Semboku-city, Akita


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Ishioka Festival

【Date】 The 15th and the third Monday and the previous weekend

【Area】 Ishioka-city, Ibaraki


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One of the most major festivals in Kanto area.




【Date】 September 16-17

【Area】 Kishiwada, Osaka


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Azuma Shrine Horse Festival

【Date】 The Sunday before the national holiday for elderlies

【Area】 Futtsu-city, Chiba


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Asakusa SAMBA Carnival

【Date】 Sun., September 17

【Area】 Asakusa


Description】 Asakusa Samba Carnival has been one of the biggest dancing events in Japan since 1981, and the number of spectators on that single day is reported to be around 500,000! It is apparently not a traditional Japanese event, but you may get astonished to see how powerful and entertaining the Brazilian carnival is when combined with Japan-ness. You can enjoy great shows and performances done by competitive dancing teams in various costumes. Dancing teams would parade through the main streets, and the livliness and energy in town get to the summit on the day of this carnival! There are so many great places to enjoy drinking after seeing the parade, too!



Masked Parade

【Date】 September 18

【Area】 Kamakura-city, Kanagawa


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Ohara Naked Festival

【Date】 September 23

【Area】 Ohara-city, Chiba


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Aizu Festival

【Date】 Three consecutive days in the latter September

【Area】 Aizu-city, Fukuoka


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