These Are Tokyo’s Biggest Summer Festivals This Year

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In Japan,
summer festivals are usually done around this time of the year. They are often filled with the sounds of drums, as well as street stalls that offer a variety of unique items.  

In this article, we introduce seven popular summer festivals in
Tokyo that are held every year. We particularly highlighted those with big events such as the bon odori (folk dance) festival, noryo (cooling-down) festival, tanabata festival, and Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market.

Check them out below!

Shinjuku Eisa Festival

Shinjuku Eisa Festival
is a festival where Eisa, an Okinawan dance, is performed on the Shinjuku Dori Street. Many dance groups, coming from different parts of Japan, perform their own versions of this dance during the festival.

The Shinjuku Eisa Festival was first held in 2001. For the past few years, more than 20 teams have participated in the event. Over a million people flock the area to watch these live performances. This year marks the 19
th year of the festival. It will be held on July 27, 2019.

Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori

The Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori began in 1957 and has since become a festival that represented summer in Tokyo.
Awa Odori is the local dance of Tokushima Prefecture.

Last year, the festival had about 930,000 visitors who watched the dance performances and enjoyed the festival music. This year marks the 63rd year of the festival. It will be held on August 24 and 25, with 165 teams participating in the event.

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi, which was originally held in the Koichi Prefecture, is one of the biggest yosakoi festivals in Tokyo. More than 100 teams travel to Harajuku to participate each year.

Last year, 107 teams performed in the festival and about 800,000 people watched it. This year, the festival will be held on August 24 and 25. Get a feel of the unique culture and passion for the arts of the Japanese when you attend this festival!

Asagaya Tanabata Festival

Asagaya Tanabata Festival, which has a history of more than 60 years, is organized by eight store associations around the JR Asagaya Station. The decorations fill up the 700-meter long arcade with popular and local characters as motifs.  The place also has lanterns and tubular streamer decorations hanging above, which add to the joyous Tanabata mood. Apart from this, stalls offering shaved ice desserts and takoyaki can also be found there.

This year marks the 66th year of the festival. It will be held from August 3 to 7.


Shiman Rokusen-nichi (46,000 days) Hozuki Festival

Shiman Rokusen-nichi (46,000 days) Hozuki Festival is Sensoji Temple’s popular festival. It is held every July 9 and 10 of each year. Many believe that visiting this temple on these dates will equate to visiting it for 46,000 days. 

Many shops sell
hozuki inside the temple, which makes the place feel like the Edo period. There are also other stall stands besides these hozuki stands.

Azabu Juban Noryo Festival

Azabu Juban Noryo Festival is conducted by the Azabu Shopping Arcade. About 300,000 people visit the area to experience the two-day festival. Its biggest allure comes from the wide variety of festival food that it provides. Traditional and famous restaurants sell their dishes here at different stands.

You can also try famous local dishes from around Japan at this festival. Live performances are held on the stage every year, too. This year, the festival will be held on August 24 and 25.

Tsukiji Honganji Temple Noryo Bon Odori Festival

Tsukiji Honganji Temple Noryo Bon Odori Festival is one of the biggest bon odori festivals in Tokyo. In preparation for this event, a wooden stage is built inside the Tsukiji Honganji Temple. About 70,000 people come to the event to witness the amazing drum and acrobatic performances of the Oedo Sukeroku Daiko. Besides this, costume contests are also held.

This festival is also known as “the most delicious
bon odori festival in Japan” since famous restaurants from the Tsukiji Outer Market serve appetizing dishes in different stands here. This year, the festival will be held from July 31 to August 3.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (13 June 2019)

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