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Festivals in Summer

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Akita Kanto Matsuri

Kantō literally means “a pole with lanterns” and is made from bamboo poles and rice paper lanterns, which hang from horizontal bars. When Kantō was invented, the lantern was hung in the garden. In order to convert it into a portable lantern, the dwarf bamboo that had been used for the lantern legs was replaced by longer bamboo.

June
4 Days
Akita Pref.

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

The festival is held every year from August 2 to August 7, where the float is carried through the city during the evening from August 2 to August 6, and during the daytime on August 7. A fireworks show is held on the evening of the final day while the float is carried into the sea.

August
5 Days
Aomori Pref.
warajimatsuri

Fukushima Waraji Festival

The Waraji Matsuri is an annual festival that fills the main street of Fukushima City in early August. The festival originally finds its roots in the Mount Shinobu Dawn Procession. During the festival, visitors can see the local residents wearing tradiational festival outfits such as yukata, happi, and original costumes while they perform a large variety of exciting dances. Notable performances include Heisei Waraji Ondo and Dancing Soda Night. There is also a dedication ceremony for the waraji (straw sandal), and many exciting fun-filled events for young and old alike, including the Waraji Kyoso race.

August
2 Days
Fukushima

Furusato Miya Summer Tochigi Festival

Furusato Miya Festival, the midsummer night festival, is held on August 4 and 5. With the theme of “Fureai, contacting with people,” this exciting event is held mainly on the main streets in Utsunomiya. Various events adorn the night at Utsunomiya, such as Mikoshi, a parade, a folk performing art, a dance, Ohayashi, a Japanese drum and Miyakko Yosakoi.

October
3 Days
Fukuoka Pref.

Gujo Odori

The Gujo Odori dance festival is one of the three most important traditional bon dance festivals in Japan, and it is also one of the most accessible. Designated a Significant Intangible Cultural Folk Asset by the Japanese government, Gujo Odori should not be missed!

July
1 Month
Gifu Pref.

Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri

The Ōdaikos ( huge traditional drums) is one of the highlights of Hirosaki Neputa Festival.

September
6 Days

Kagoshima Gion Traditional Festival

Gion Matsuri is a traditional festival of Yasaka Jinja shrines all over Japan since the Edo period, and is affectionately known as “Ogionsa” in Kagoshima.
This festival lasts 2 days, with an eve festival “Yoi-matsuri” and the main festival “Hon-matsuri”.
The “Hon-matsuri” parade consists of around 3000 people walking about 2km around the city center.

July
2 Days
Kagoshima
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April, March, May
1 Day
Kanagawa
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Onbashira Festival

When Onbashira takes place (once every 6 years, or every 7 by traditional Japanese reckoning), all 200,000 souls in the Suwa region participate as it is an immensely revered festival here.

April, June
2 Days
Nagano Pref.

Osaka Tenjin Matsuri Festival

Osaka Tenjin Matsuri is hold at the end of July during 2 full days of parades, floats, illumination, fireworks and shows. It is on of the 3 most big festival in Japan.Osaka residents and tourists gather together for Tenjin Matsuri on July 24th and 25th for celebrating a millennium festival under the protection of the Tenmangu Shrine.

July, June
2 Days
Osaka

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri

Each year from 6th to 8th August, since 1567 ( Early Edo era ) Sendai city has been decorated by local residents with Tanabata ( colored paper streamers ) to celebrate the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi ( A Chinese legend ).

August
2 Days
Miyagi Pref.

Seppetobe mud planting festival Kagoshima

Get covered in mud and pray for a year of bountiful crops!

June
1 Day
Kagoshima