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Nishiarai Daishi Wind Bell Festival 2021

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

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

Cancelled Kyoto Gion Festival 2021

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

Cancelled Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival 2021

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

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

Mitama Matsuri 2021

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

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

Cancelled Nachi Fire Festival 2021

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

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

Umi no Hi Lantern Festival in Odaiba 2021

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

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

Cancelled Koganei Awaodori Dance Festival 2021

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

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

Ueno Summer Festival Parade 2021

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

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

Cancelled Kagurazaka Matsuri 2021

Kagurazaka Kagurazaka, Shinjuku

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

Ebisu Bon Odori 2021

Ebisu Ebisu Station, 1-5 Ebisuminami, Shibuya

Bon Odori outside the West Exit of JR Ebisu Station the focal point of which is the 3-storey…

Zojoji Temple Obon Matsuri 2021

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

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

Shinjuku Eisa Festival 2021

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

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

Fussa Tanabata Matsuri 2021

Fussa Station Fussa Station, Honcho, Fussa

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

Tsukiji Honganji Noryo Bon Odori Taikai 2021

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

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 2021

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

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

Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri 2021

Yamagata City Yamagata

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

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri 2021

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

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

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri 2021

Asagaya Station Asagaya Station, 3-58 Asagayaminami, Suginami

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

CITTA’ Summer Festival 2021

LA CITTADELLA LA CITTADELLA, 4-1 Ogawacho, Kawasaki

CITTA' Summer Festival with Japanese style show (musical performances ranging from traditional drumming to acoustic guitar), games for…

Akita Kanto Matsuri 2021

Akita 秋田駅, 7-1-2 Nakadori, 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…

Pikachu Outbreak 2021

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama

Performances from Pokemon’s most famous character supported by light and sound technology. The Pikachu Night Parade in particular…

Sumidagawa Paper Lantern Floating 2021

Asakusa Asakusa Station, 2-20 Kaminarimon, Taito

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