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Kyoto Gion Festival 2024

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…

Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri 2024

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 2024

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…

Mitama Matsuri 2024

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…

Nachi Fire Festival 2024

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…

Kagurazaka Matsuri 2024

Kagurazaka Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo

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

Tenjin Festival 2024

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 2024

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…

Numata Tengu Festival 2024

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…

Fussa Tanabata Matsuri 2024

Fussa Station Fussa Station, Honcho, Fussa, Tokyo

The Fussa Tanabata Matsuri has been held every year since 1951 and today sees about 100 food, drink…

Akita Kanto Matsuri 2024

Akita 秋田駅, 7-1-2 Nakadori, Akita, Akita

The Akita Kanto Matsuri (秋田竿燈まつり) is an annual festival to pray for a good harvest known for the…

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri 2024

Asagaya Station Asagaya Station, 3-58 Asagayaminami, Suginami, Tokyo

Every year at the beginning of August this shopping center in Suginami ward sees visitors come from all…

Sumidagawa Paper Lantern Floating 2024

Asakusa Asakusa Station, 2-20 Kaminarimon, Taito, Tokyo

Sumidagawa paper lantern floating (灯篭流し, tōrō-nagashi) festival began in 1946 to pay respects and mourn those who lost…

Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri 2024

Yamagata City Yamagata, Yamgata

The Yamagata Hanagasa Festival was first held in 1963 and today is a major festival in Tohoku, attracting…

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri 2024

Sendai Sendai Station, 1 Chome-10-10 Chūō, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi

Tanabata Festivals (sometimes known as “Star Festivals”) are held throughout Japan during July and August, but none is…

Tokushima Awa Odori 2024

Tokushima 徳島駅, Tokushima, Tokushima

There are hundreds of Awa Odori festivals that take place over the summer in Japan, but the Tokushima…

Chichibu Ondo Dance Festival 2024

Minano Town Hall, Chichibu 皆野町役場, Minano, Chichibu, Saitama

The Chichibu Ondo Dance Festival (秩父音頭まつり) is held on the 14 August every year and sees approximately 70…

Nagasaki Spirit Boat Procession 2024

Kenchozaka Dori, Nagasaki 県庁坂通り, Nagasaki, Nagasaki

Bon Festival celebrations welcoming back ancestors from the spirit world

Gozan no Okuribi 2024

Kyoto City Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto

Daimonji Gozan no Okuribi (also known as the “Daimonji Festival”) is a bonfire festival held on 16 August…

Azabu-Juban Noryo Matsuri 2024

Azabu-Juban Azabu-juban Station, 1-4-6 Azabu-juban, Minato, Tokyo

Azabu-Juban's Noryo-Matsuri is one of Tokyo's more famous summer festivals. Held over one weekend at the end of…

Harajuku Super Yosakoi 2024

Harajuku Harajuku Station, 1-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Harajuku Super Yosakoi—or the “Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival”, to give it its full name—is…

Koenji Awa Odori 2024

Koenji Station 高円寺駅, 4-48 Kōenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo

Awa Odori in Koenji that has been held since 1957 and today attracts almost one million visitors over…

Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri 2024

Akasaka Hikawa Shrine 赤坂氷川神社, 6-10-12 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo

Well-known festival that sees mikoshi and floats move around the streets of Akasaka. During the Edo period is…