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Sendai Tanabata Matsuri 2022

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…

Sumidagawa Paper Lantern Floating 2022

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…

Canceled Fukagawa Hachiman Festival 2022

Tomioka Hachiman Shrine Tomioka Hachiman Shrine, 1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto, Tokyo

The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival is one of three major festival of Edo (the other two being the Kanda…

Canceled Tokushima Awa Odori 2022

Tokushima 徳島駅, Tokushima, Tokushima

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

Yokohama Minato Mirai Bon Odori 2022

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

The 10th year of the Minato Mirai Bon Odori. A slightly smaller scale event than some of the…

Nara Chugen Mantoro 2022

Kasuga Taisha Shrine 春日大社, 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara

More than 3,000 lanterns are lit at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara twice a year—on 3 February for…

Canceled Chichibu Ondo Dance Festival 2022

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 2022

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

Bon Festival celebrations welcoming back ancestors from the spirit world

Gozan no Okuribi 2022

Kyoto City Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto

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

Roppongi Hills Bon Odori 2022

Roppongi Hills Arena Roppongi Hills Arena, 6-9-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

The annual bon odori in the Roppongi Hills Arena. A yagura (wooden stage around which people dance) is set…

Shimokitazawa Awa Odori 2022

Shimokitazawa Shimo-kitazawa Station, 2-23 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

Annual Awa Odori in Shimokitazawa. Dancers parade through the Ichiban-gai Shotengai from 6:30pm until 8:00pm before stopping for…

Azabu-Juban Noryo Matsuri 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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…

Kitazawa Hachiman Festival 2022

Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine 北澤八幡神社, 3-25-3 Daizawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

2-day festival held in early September that fills the streets south of Shimokitazawa Station. You can see the…

Canceled The Yosakoi Oedo Soran Festival 2022

Kiba Park 木場公園, 4-6 Kiba, Koto, Tokyo

Annual festival and dance competition in which about 45 teams of different sizes display their synchronised dance skills…

Daradara Matsuri 2022

Shiba Daijingu 芝大神宮, 1-12-7 Shibadaimon, Minato, Tokyo

Owing to the period of which it is held (11-days), as well as its timing in the middle…

Kichijoji Autumn Festival 2022

Musashino Hachimangu 武蔵野八幡宮, 1-23 Higashimachi, Kichijoji, Musashino, Tokyo

Annual autumn festival held near Kichijoji Station. At 11am on the Saturday, a priest on horseback leads the…

Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri 2022

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…

Nezu Shrine Annual Grand Festival 2022

Nezu Shrine Nezu Shrine, 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo, Tokyo

Popular annual festival at Nezu Shrine near Yanaka. The shrine’s spacious grounds will be filled with festival stalls…

Ohara Hadaka Matsuri 2022

Ohara Station 大原駅, Ohara, Isumi, Chiba

The Ohara Hadaka Matsuri (大原はだか祭り, “Ohara Naked Festival”) is a 2-day annual festival held in Isumi City, Chiba.…

Hatsudai Awa Odori Festival 2022

Hatsudai Hatsudai Station, 1-1 Hommachi, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Hatsudari Awa Odori Festival has been held in the commercial district of Hatsudai annual on 21/22 September…

Okunitama Shrine Autumn Chestnut Festival 2022

Okunitama Shrine Okunitama Shrine, 3-3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu, Tokyo

This autumn festival has roots dating back to 1738 and, although temporarily cancelled, has survived the centuries in…

Shibuya-Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri 2022

Shibuya Shibuya Station, 2 Chrome Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Shibuya-Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri (おはら祭) is an annual event held in the center of Shibuya which has roots in Ohara-bushi…