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Japan’s Best Matsuri Festivals and Fireworks during Summer 2019 July-August
- Despite the hot temperatures, summer in Japan is a time to celebrate, with a variety of unique cultural festivals and incredible fireworks displays. To help plan your trip, we’ve put together a list of some of the best matsuri (“festivals”) not to miss, whether you want to dance, be entertained or see the night sky illuminated in dazzling colors! Gion Matsuri (祇園際), Kyoto Gion Matsuri The Gion Matsuri takes place over one month each July and has gained a reputation as one of Japan’s most famous festivals. In fact, this year marks the 1150th year since its foundation! Parades of yamaboko floats, mikoshi shrines and lanterns are held throughout the month, with the festival culminating in the Yamaboko Junkō. In the days leading up to this event, the streets are lined with food stalls while people dressed in yukata (summer kimonos) stroll the streets. Gion Matsuri Event dates: July 1 - 31 2019URL:http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/event/gion.html Nachi no Ogi Matsuri (Nachi Fire Festival: 那智の火祭り), Wakayama Nachi no Ogi Matsuri Held each year at Kumano Nachi Taisha, the Nachi no Ogi Matsuri is one of Japan’s three big fire festivals and has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The shrine is located adjacent to the 133-meter-high Nachi Falls, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deities enshrined at Kumano Nachi Taisha are carried down the stone steps that lead to Nachi Falls on portable shrines, followed by devotees dressed in white and carrying flaming torches. Nachi no Ogi Matsuri Event date: July 14 2019URL:http://kumanonachitaisha.or.jp/ougimaturi/ougi.html Yasukuni Shrine Mitama Matsuri (靖国神社みたままつり), Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine Mitama Matsuri The Yasukuni Shrine’s annual Mitama Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s biggest obon (a Japanese Buddhist custom honoring ancestral spirits). It sees more than 30,000 lanterns of all sizes scattered throughout the shrine grounds, making for an incredibly photogenic scene. Aside from the lanterns, there are also mikoshi (portable shrine) parades and concerts of traditional music and dance, not to mention plenty of food and drink stalls lining the approach to the shrine. Yasukuni Shrine Mitama Matsuri Event dates: July 13-16 2019URL:https://www.yasukuni.or.jp/schedule/saiji.htmlRead MoreMatsuri in Tokyo - Three of the BestMatsuri means “festival” in Japanese, but it’s also synonymous with brightly glowing lanterns, … Adachi Fireworks (足立の花火), Tokyo Adachi Fireworks Taking place along the Arakawa River (just a short walk from Kita-Senju Station), the Adachi Fireworks have become one of the most popular fireworks events in Tokyo. The wide river banks mean that it’s easy to find a spot to enjoy a picnic and watch the display from numerous vantage points. This exceptional fireworks spectacle goes for around an hour, so you can really settle in and enjoy the experience.xEvent date: July 20 2019 Tenjin Matsuri (天神祭), Osaka Tenjin Matsuri Taking place in Osaka for more than 1,000 years at the Tenmangu Shrine, the Tenjin Matsuri honors the shrine’s principal deity, Sugawara Michizane. It includes a ritual throwing of the sacred sword at the Hokonagashi Bridge, followed by the parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) around the main shrine. A highlight of the festival is the parade of red-hatted drummers and costumed characters, together with boats illuminated by torches cruising along the river. Event dates: The schedule for this year has not yet been announced yet.URL:http://www.tenjinmatsuri.com/ Sumida River Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会), Tokyo Sumida River Fireworks Festival Perhaps the most famous event in Tokyo each summer is the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, which is held on the last Saturday in July. It began in the Edo period as a rivalry between different pyrotechnic groups, with fireworks being launched during a period of economic crisis, famine and disease. This celebration of life now attracts around one million people to the river banks to enjoy the latest in fireworks technology. Sumida River Fireworks Festival Event date: July 27 2019URL:https://www.sumidagawa-hanabi.com/ The Tohoku Region's Summer Festivals The Tohoku Region's Summer Festivals We couldn’t talk about summer festivals in Japan without mentioning the Tohoku Region, which is particularly famed for its celebrations. The six prefectures of Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate and Yamagata put on a variety of matsuri that feature paper lanterns, parades and firework displays. If you want to coincide your trip with these summer festivals, they can easily be visited with a JR Pass. Read MoreHow to Experience Seven of Tohoku's Festivals in One WeekSummer is a time of celebration in Japan, with matsuri (festivals) taking place across the country. … Aomori Nebuta Festival (青森ねぶた祭), Aomori Aomori Nebuta Festival Featuring magnificent floats, the Aomori Nebuta Festival attracts the most tourists of any of Japan’s nebuta festivals. Its origins are believed to date to the 9th century when General Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro’s army created fearsome creatures to scare their enemy away. Floats based on famous historical and mythological Japanese characters are carried through the streets by costumed dancers known as haneto and taiko drummers who invite onlookers to join the parade. Event dates: August 2-7 2019URL:https://www.nebuta.or.jp/Read MoreThe Aomori Nebuta MatsuriOne of the most impressive festivals in Japan takes place in the northern city of Aomori … Hirosaki Neputa Festival (弘前ねぷた祭), Aomori Hirosaki Neputa Festival Situated in the old castle town of Hirosaki, this festival features fan-shaped floats that depict fantastical images of warriors being paraded through the streets. They’re accompanied by traditional flutes and taiko drummers, with the festival having been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. A highlight of the festival is the odaikos (very large traditional drums) whose sound is so profound that you can feel the vibrations through your entire body. Event dates: August 1-7 2019URL:https://www.hirosaki-kanko.or.jp/web/edit.html?id=cat02_summer_neputaRead MoreThe Hirosaki Neputa FestivalThe Hirosaki Neputa Festival is another eye-catching summer festival in northern Japan … Sansa Odori Festival (さんさ踊り), Morioka With more than 10,000 taiko drummers and dancers parading through the streets, the Sansa Odori Festival has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest taiko drum festival in the world. It’s said to have originated when a wicked demon was punished by the god of Mitsuishi Shrine, with the locals rejoicing in response. Aside from the main parade, you can also see traditional dance performances at venues across the city. Event dates: August 1-4 2019URL:http://www.sansaodori.jp/Read MoreThe Morioka Sansa FestivalIf you are into dancing and drumming, you’d better add the Morioka Sansa Festival to your itinerary … ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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Had drinks and a bar snack here. Perfect views. Drinks expensive at ¥1100 for 33cls plus 10% service. Had a burger which was nice.
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- 1114-21, Awazucho, Otsu-shi, Shiga, 520-0832
A fun & friendly restaurant & great place to try something new. Very traditional menu & waiter offered recommendations. He also delivered the entree with a small entertaining performance. Good was...
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- 1-4-16, Ogaya, Otsu-shi, Shiga, 520-2144
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- 2F, 10-2, Awazucho, Otsu-shi, Shiga, 520-0832
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- 7-8-20, Ogaya, Otsu-shi, Shiga, 520-2144
Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.
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