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Okinawa Mensore Festival 2022

Ikebukuro Sunshine City Sunshine City, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Okinawa themed anything is always a draw in Japan. This time it is Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City that hosts…

Yokohama Port Festival 2022

Rinko Park, South Exit Plaza 南口広場, 1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Annual event celebrating the anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port to America, Holland, Russia, Britain, and France…

Hyakumangoku Matsuri 2022

Kanazawa Kanazawa Station, 1-1 Kinoshinbomachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Annual festival commemorating the entry of the feudal lord Maeda Toshiie into Kanazawa Castle in 1583

Sanno Matsuri 2022

Hie Shrine Hie Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The Sanno Festival (山王祭) is the last of Tokyo’s major festivals and one of the three great festivals…

Torigoe Matsuri 2022

Torigoe Shrine 2-Chome 4-1 Torigoe, Taito, Tokyo

This festival—centered around Torigoe Shrine in Asakusabashi—has a history dating back to the Heian era (794-1185 CE), but…

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival 2022

Shonan Star Mall 湘南スターモール商店街振興組合, 12-29 Beniyacho, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa

The Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival began in the post-war years and is known for the colourful decorations that…

Kyoto Gion Festival 2022

Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto 八坂神社, 625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto

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

Hachioji Summer Market 2022

Nishihoshasen U-Road 西放射線ユーロード, 8-2 Nakacho,, Hachioji, Tokyo

Hachioji Summer Market takes place along the Nishihoshasen U-Road (西放射線ユーロード) commercial street that runs northwest from the North…

Canceled Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 2022

Kappabashi Kitchen Town 合羽橋道具街, 3-18-2 Matsugaya, Taito, Tokyo

Tanabata (七夕) has origins in a Chinese festival of old and is celebrated not just in Japan, but…

Asakusa Hozuki Ichi 2022

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

The Hozuki Ichi (ほおずき市, hōzuki-ichi) is a summer tradition that has been held since the Edo period on…

Gujo Odori 2022

Gujo Gujo, Gifu

The Gujo Odori (郡上おどり) is one of the three most important Bon Festivals in Japan. The festival, which…

Nishiarai Daishi Wind Bell Festival 2022

Nishiarai Daishi Temple 西新井大師 総持寺, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi, Tokyo

Over 400 different types and designs of wind chimes are gathered from all over the country and displayed…

Mitama Matsuri 2022

Yasukuni Shrine Yasukuni Shrine, 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda, Tokyo

One of Tokyo’s most popular summer festivals, Mitama Matsuri (みたままつり) at Yasukuni Shrine has been held every year…

Canceled Nachi Fire Festival 2022

Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine 熊野那智大社, 1 Nachisan, Higashimuro, Wakayama

Nachi Fire Festival (那智の扇祭り, Nachi no Ogi Matsuri) or “Nachi Fan Festival” is one of three major fire…

Koganei Awaodori Dance Festival 2022

Musashi-Koganei Station Musashi-Koganei Station, 6-14 Honcho, Koganei, Tokyo

The true Awa Dance Festival is Shikoku is Japan’s biggest dance festival, attracting well over one million visitors…

Ueno Summer Festival Parade 2022

Ueno Station Ueno Station, 7-1-7 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo

The highlight of the longer running Ueno Summer Festival (mid-July to mid-August). The parade starts at 5:30pm with…

Umi no Hi Lantern Festival in Odaiba 2022

Odaiba Seaside Park Odaiba Seaside Park, 1-4 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo

To commemorate the public holiday Marine Day (Umi no Hi) over 50,000 paper lanterns are lit with candles…

Canceled Kagurazaka Matsuri 2022

Kagurazaka Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo

The Kagurazaka Matsuri lasts four days: two days for the Hozuki Market and two days for the Kagurazaka…

Zojoji Temple Obon Matsuri 2022

Zojo-ji 4 Chome 4−7−35 Shibakoen,, Minato, Tokyo

Annual o-bon dance festival at Zojoji Temple. Stalls selling festival food and drink line-up from around the Prince…

Tenjin Festival 2022

Osaka Tenmangu 2 Chome-1-8 Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward, Osaka

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

Shinjuku Eisa Festival 2022

Shinjuku Shinjuku Station, 1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Eisa Matsuri is a Bon folk dance that originated in Okinawa to honor the spirit of ancestors, typically…

Tsukiji Honganji Noryo Bon Odori Taikai 2022

Tsukiji Honganji Tsukiji Hongan-ji, 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo

The famous temple near Tsukiji hosts a bon odori (築地本願寺納涼盆踊り大会) for four days in summer. The open grounds…

Numata Tengu Festival 2022

Numata, Gunma 沼田市役所, 780 Nishikurauchimachi, Numata, Gunma

Held every year on 3-5 August, The Numata Tengu Festival (沼田まつり, Numata Matsuri) is a famous festival in…