Kyoto Gion Festival

Jul 1Jul 31
Kyoto’s Gion Festival (京都祇園祭, Kyoto Gion Matsuri) is the city’s biggest festival and one of the most famous…

July Nagoya Sumo Tournament

Jul 14Jul 28
Six major sumo tournaments (called honbasho) are held during the year—one on each odd month, each taking place…

Kagurazaka Matsuri

Mid 〜 Late Jul 2024
The Kagurazaka Matsuri lasts four days: two days for the Hozuki Market and two days for the Kagurazaka…

Summer Wonder Festival

Late 〜 Late Jul 2024
Semi-annual exhibition of “garage kits” or resin models of anime, manga, and video game characters. The models—some made…

Chiyoda Lantern Floating Evening

Late 〜 Late Jul 2024
About 600 lanterns are released into the water of Chidorigafuchi for this evening event. You can watch from…

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Late Jul 2024
Annual display of over 100,000 sunflowers in the fields of Kiyose. The area is well known for farming…

Tenjin Matsuri

Jul 24Jul 25
Reputedly one of Japan’s top three festivals, Tenjin Festival (天神祭) is held on 24 and 25 July every…

Nagasaki Peiron Championship

Late Jul 2024
The Nagasaki Peiron Championship (長崎ペーロン選手権大会) is thought to have been started in 1655 by the Chinese community in…

Katsushika Fireworks Festival

Late Jul 2024
Another enjoyable fireworks event (officially called Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai) along the Edogawa River which sees over 13,000…

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

Late Jul 2024
This annual hanabi-taikai has roots dating back to 1732 when it was first held in remembrance of the those…

A calendar of all the major events and festivals in Japan. Wherever possible, the link to the event’s official website is provided and visitors are advised to confirm scheduling details on the official website before attending to ensure there have not been any last minute changes.