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Summer Festivals & Fireworks

Get fired up by Japan's larger-than-life warrior floats, bombastic fireworks, and enormous energy.

Guide to marvelous Summer Festivals!

From firework festivals, shrine events and dance parades; among the hundreds of events going on during the hottest time of the year, here are some suggestions for you! Asakusa Summer Night Festival - Toro...

Immerse in Japanese culture and experience yukata

With the amount of foreign visitors to Japan increasing each year, it's becoming more common to see tourists immersing in Japanese culture and wearing a traditional kimono or yukata, especially when the hot, humid...

Yukata, timeless elegance for the summer

Summer time means matsuri (festival) time in Japan! And there is simply nothing more fashionable to wear to a traditional Japanese festival than a yukata! This casual version of a kimono is lighter in...

Hanagasa Festival Japan [Hanagasa Matsuri]

Hanagasa Matsuri Yamagata City, Yamagata prefecture Aug. 5 - 7 Highlight: different types of dances using straw flower hats The iconic nature of the parade is the use of traditional agricultural workers hats decorated with red paper...

Waraji Festival Japan [Waraji Matsuri]

Waraji Matsuri Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture Aug. 3 - 6 Named after the traditional straw sandals for traveling, the 300-year-old festival features a huge waraji that measures 12 meters in length and weighs 2 tons. The...

Kanto Festival Japan [Kanto Matsuri]

Kanto Matsuri Akita City, Akita Prefecture Aug. 3 - 6 Highlight: see participants balance 50kg lantern poles A chorus of bamboo flutes signals the start of the festival and immediately various groups of men hoist the 12-meter...

Sansa Matsuri

Sansa Matsuri Morioka, Iwate Prefecture The charm of the festival lies in a parade where taiko drummers and dancers proceed through the city. The origin can be traced back to a legend about a...

A Day Trip from Tokyo: Chichibu

Speaking of tourist destinations on the Seibu Railway network, Chichibu and Kawagoe are by far the most well known. In particular, Chichibu has been gaining popularity in recent years on the back of traditional...

August 2016 Fireworks Festivals Schedule – In & Around Tokyo

Here comes the second part of our Fireworks Festivals Schedule! All big Events In & Around Tokyo for August are featured in this article.  Get your Yukata ready! Tokyo The 34th Koto Fireworks Festival Date: August 1st...

The Charm of Hokuto (5): Top 5 Photogenic Nature Spots

Get your cameras ready! Wattention staff visited Hokuto in Yamanashi prefecture and listed up the most photogenic spots in this area. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1BEqlu0MsNQJq3fXvwPPKyVV7MH0&w=800&h=430] 1. Hokuto City Akeno - Sunflower Festival 600,000 sunflowers will welcome you at the...