Recommendations for the Best Summer Tourist Festivals in Japan
In Japan, the summer festival is not only celebrated by local residents but is an attraction for foreign tourists. Japanese society is known for having many festivals throughout the year and their summer festivals are especially amazing.
Japan is renowned for having an ancient history, closely linked to the history and spiritual significance of the locations where they were held. This Japanese summer festival is spectacular and fun to observe. They educate and entertain both visitors and locals.
This is the Yasaka Shrine festival, held in Kyoto during July. It consists of many events; from the festive evening to the famous grand procession of floats held on July 17, the floats in the grand procession are so large and beautifully decorated, they are worth seeing in person. You can even enter some of the floats before they go on parade. The procession itself occurs between 09:00 and 11:30.
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Aamori
This festival is also filled with floats, this festival is held in Aomori City from August 2 to August 7.
The float is displayed downtown every night of the festival until August 7. All of them were pushed by hand and appeared to be dancing as they spun and weaved for the crowd. There are also teams of taiko musicians, flutists, cymbal players and hundreds of dancers.
Tenjin Matsuri means “Festival of the Gods” and is held in Osaka on July 24 and 25. This festival is more than 1000 years old. It is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the Japanese god of scholarship and learning.
Tenjin Osaka begins on the 24th with morning prayers at Osaka Tenmangu Shrine and incredible performances by taiko drummers and Danjiri dragon dancers.
Tokushima Awa Odori, Tokushima
This festival is held in Tokushima in mid-August, usually from August 12 to 15. Be sure to check the latest info to get the exact dates for that year.
This festival welcomes the spirits of ancestors. This expression is most famous in Japan: “Fools dance and fools watch! If both of them are stupid, you might as well have fun dancing!”
Sendai Tanabata, Miyagi
Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku Region. A trip to the city during summer, especially in early August is incomplete without a visit to the Sendai Tanabata Festival.
This festival is held in downtown Sendai from August 6 to August 7. The city is known for the thousands of brightly colored ribbons that decorate the city.
Akita Kanto Matsuri, Akita
The name of this festival means “pole lantern festival”, held in Akita City every August 3 to 6. The main feature is the players balancing on long bamboo poles (kanto) arranged with lanterns that appear when they change positions.
These players add more extensions to the pole until they reach the maximum height. These performances occur at night, but there are also daytime events and activities held at Agora Plaza.
Sanno Matsuri, Tokyo
Every year, the city of Tokyo hosts several famous summer festivals. It is believed that Sanno matsuri is one of the three most famous festivals in Tokyo along with Kanda Matsuri, and Fukagawa Matsuri. This festival is held in Tokyo in mid-June in even-numbered years.
The main event is a large parade that passes through downtown Tokyo including Tokyo Station, Ginza, and in front of the National Diet Building. Usually, the matsuri parade starts and ends at Hie Shrine and Visit the apopkarotaryfair.org.