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2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals - Best Japanese Festivals - 夏祭り

2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り

2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals are one of our favorite summer activities with the family. Despite the heat and humidity, throw on your yukata and head to a Tokyo Summer Festival.  I love the noise, sights and smells at Japanese summer festivals. All of your senses are bombarded at once screaming “Japan.” Enjoy the food, the games and the dancing at local festivals and get to know the flavor of each neighborhood of this huge metropolis we call home. Enjoy!2016 Tokyo Summer Festivals, Best Living Japan

The list will be updated with more details as the summer progresses. The list below is in order of the Tokyo Summer Festival date.

2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り

Hie Jinja Sanno MatsuriJune 7 -17, 2017 Sanno Festival (Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku) – This multi-day festival goes back hundreds of years. The key highlights I recommend are Sunday, June 11th between 11:00 – 14:00 to see the adorable kids dressed for the children’s Matsuri, and June 13 – 15 between 18:00 – 20:00 to see traditional dancing under lanterns in tents up the long slope up to the shrine.

Address: Hie Jinja Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Date: June 7 – June 17, 2017
Acces: 5-min walk from Exit 5 of Kokkai-gijido-mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, 3-min walk from Exit 7 of Tameike-Sanno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Namboku Line
Website: http://www.hiejinja.net/en/

2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals - Best Japanese Festivals - 夏祭りJune 10 – 11, 2017 Torikoe Jinja Annual Festival (Torikoe, Taito-ku) – We attend this festival every year and LOVE it. The energy and size are staggering. For two days straight neighborhood groups carry huge portable shrines through the streets singing and chanting. At night the mikoshi are hung with lanterns whichadds to the magic.

Address: 2-4-1 Torikoe, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Date: June 10 – June 11, 2017
Acces: 5 min walk from Kuramae station on the Asakusa Line
Website:http://www004.upp.so-net.ne.jp/kab_ra/TORI1.HTM( External link )

 

******2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り
Iriya Asagao Matsuri July 6 –  8, 2017:  Iriya Asagao Matsuri (入谷朝顔まつり Morning Glory Festival) (Shitaya, Taito-ku) – More than 100 vendors are on hand to sell there Irya plants and flowers to you. The Iriya is a very popular summer flower in Japan; a symbol of the goddess of childbirth and children. Over 400,000 visitors will come to shop and have fun searching for flowers, food stalls, and other merchandise.Iriya Asagao Matsuri
Address: Iriya Kishimojin, 1-12-16 Shitaya, Taito-Ku
Date: July 6 – July 8, 2017
Time: July 6 & 7 – 17:00 – 21:00, July 8 12:00 – 21:00
Access: Train to Uguisudani Station (JR Yamanote Line or Keihin Tohoku Line) then a 5 min walk or Metro to Iriya Station (Hibiya Line) then a 1 min walk
Website: http://www.asagao-maturi.com/


July 1 –  7, 2017:
Tokyo Daijingu Tanabata Kigansai (Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku)  – Enjoy the festival from July 1 to 7 to celebrate Tanabata. Make a wish on a tanzaku slip for 300 yen and hang it a nearby bamboo. The bamboo with beautiful coloured slips of paper will be illuminated on Tanabata night, July 7th. A beauiftul sight.ph_saiten
Address: Tokyo Daijingu, 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo (東京都千代田区富士見2-4-1)
Date: July 1  – July 7, 2017 (illumination on July 7)
Time: 14:30 – 22:00
Website: http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/saiten/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 3 min walk from JR Iidabashi Station; 5 min walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line / Namboku Line / Yurakucho Line / Toei Oedo Line Iidabashi Station

******2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り

July 1 –  7, 2017 :  Zojoji Tanabata Festival (Shiba, Minato-ku) –  Grab a friend or bring you family and appreciate the hundreds of candles displayed on July 7. Join Zojoji as they celebrate Tanabata festival, the night when two lovers separated by the Milky Way meet. Write your dream and wishes on colourful tanzaku and enjoy the matsuri stalls or the romantic atmosphere.
Address: Zojoji Temple,4-7-35 Shiba-koen, Shiba-Koen
Date: July 1 – July 7, 2017  (Candles are lit up on July 7)
Time: 09:00 – 20:00
Access: Metro to Shiba-Koen Station (Mita Line) A4 exit or Daimon Station (Asakusa Line, Oedo Line) A6 exit

Fuurin Matsuri 2015July 3 – 30, 2017: Fuurin Matsuri 2015, Nishiarai, Adachi-ku – A fuurin means wind chime in Japanese. Summer is a time when Japanese families place glass, metal and ceramic fuurins in their gardens to hear the beautiful ting-a-lings of summer breezes. At the Adachi Nishiarai Daishi temple fuurin craft people from across Japan set up booths to sell their creations. There are thousands of fuurin on display and the sound is amazing if the breeze is blowing. Highly recommend the beautify of sight and sound.
Event:
 Monday, July 3 – Sunday, July 30, 2017; 10:00 – 16:00, Sundays until 17:00
Address: Nishiarai Daishi, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3890-2345
Website: www.nishiaraidaishi.or.jp
Access: 5 min walk from Daishimae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line

Shitamachi Tanbata festivalJuly 8 & 9, 2017: Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri  This festival is a fun event which runs between the Asakusa shrines and Kappabashi Dori (Kitchen town) so you can spend a fun full day in the area. The streets are lined with colorful streamers from July 6 – 11, but the main vendors, performers, and parades are on Saturday and Sunday.
Address: Kappabashi-Dori, Asakusa
Date: Thursday, July 6 – Monday, July 10, 2017
Time: All Day
Access: Asakusa Station (Ginza Line, Asakusa Line), JR (Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express)
Website: http://shitamachi-tanabata.com/ (Japanese link)

July 7 & 8, 2017: Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri (Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa-Ken) This is one of the Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsurilargest Tanabata festivals in the Kanto area. It is well known for the huge size of the tanbata decorations, lively parade and illuminations. I have never had the chance to attend, but my friends speak highly of the event.
Dates and hours: Friday, July 7  – Sunday, July 8, 2017; Runs from around noon to 21:00 on Saturday and until 20:00 on Sunday
Address: Whole city around JR Hiratsuka Station north exit mall (Beniyacho, Hiratsuka-shi, akasityou play a key role.)
Official website: http://www.tanabata-hiratsuka.com/
Access: 2 min walk from JR Hiratsuka Station north exit
It is approximately 60 minutes by … JR Tokaido Main Line from Tokyo Station.
It is approximately 65 minutes by … JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku Station

******2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り

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July 9 –  10, 2017: Asakusa Hozuki-Ichi (Asakusa, Taito-ku)  – Senso-Ji is of the oldest temples and a great place to celebrate July 10th. It is believed that if you make a prayer on July 10th at this temple that it is worth 46,000 other prayer days. Needless to say, this temple is very busy on July 10th. You will also find over 250 vendors selling ground cherry pod plants (Hozuki-Ichi) and wind chimes; both symbols of summer in Japan.
Address: Senso-ji Temple, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Date: Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10, 2017
Time: 08:00 – 20:00
Access: 8 min walk from Asakusa Station Metro (Ginza Line, Asakusa Line), JR (Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express)
Website: http://www.senso-ji.jp/about/index

July 9th, 2017 – Enoshima Tenno-Sai, Kanagawa-ken (江ノ島天王祭 – 神輿海上渡御) – This is a fun festival to watch as men from different shrines carry a mikoshi (portable shrine) around town and then into the ocean waves of Endoshima Beach. After being carried in the sea, the mikoshi is safely returned to Yasaka Shrine. While in Enoshima, I recommend that you visit the Enoshima Aquarium and the Island Caves. A great day of sun and sea.
Event: Sunday, July 9th, 2017 from 9:30
Address: Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Koyurugi-jinja Shrine and a few other shrines in the area, Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Access: 15 mins walk from Katase-Enoshima Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line, or 20 min walk from Enoshima Station on the Enoshima Dentetsu (Enoden) Line.
Website:  http://www.kanagawa-kankou.or.jp/event/ev_detail.php?eid=ek11244

Mitama MatsuriJuly 13 – 16, 2017: Mitama Matsuri (Kudansita, Chiyoda-ku) – One of the most attended festivals in Tokyo. This festival is to honor the dead each year, and over 30,000 lanterns are displayed. This festival does not offer food or drink but has a great line-up of traditional dances, music performances.
Address: Yasukuni Shrine,3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Date: July 13  –  July 16, 2017
Time: 18:00 – 21:00 (Lanterns will light up during this time)
Access: Kudanshita Station Metro (Hanzomon Line, Shinjuku Line and Tozai Line) then a 10 min walk
Website:http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/news_detail.php?article_id=0084 (Japanese Link)

July 12 –  13, 2017 TBConfirmed: Setagaya Firefly Festival and Sagiso Market (Kamimachi, Setagaya-ku) – If you have attended the twice annual Setagaya Boroichi, you will know where you are going. This entire market street is taken over by food, game and merchandise vendors. You will also be able to see the local flowers and fireflies as a special treat during the festival. A great example of a local festival that attracts over 20,000 visitors. I do not recommend bringing stroller due to the crowds.
Address: Boroichi-dori, Kamimachi, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Date: Saturday, July 12  – Sunday, July 13, 2017
Time: 13:00 – 21:00
Access: 10 min walk from Kamimachi Station on the Tokyu Setagaya Line

New Bon Odori. IkebukuroJuly 15 –  16, 2017: New Bon Odori (Ikebukuro) – This festival is where one wears a yukata and dances or learns to dance. Everyone is encouraged to jump right in and enjoy the evenings. Not for the shy at heart, but a total blast to dance the night away Japanese Obon style.  Here is a great video to get you in the mood!
Address: 1-8-26 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshiba-ku, Tokyo
Date: Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: starting at 5:30 running until about 22:00
Access: 2 min walk from Ikebukuro Station (West Exit)  on the Yamanote, Saikyo, Seibu, Marunouchi and Fukutoshin lines
Website: http://www.owlspot.jp/special/newbonodori/

******2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り

July 15 – August 13, 2017: Ueno Summer Festival 2017 (Ueno) – This is the last weekend to enjoy the Ueno Park Summer Festival. While you are in Ueno I highly recommend you visit the newly renovated National Museum of Nature and Science (see below). The festival is throughout the park and includes music, food booths, plant sales and all kinds of antiques for sale. You can also enjoy the beautiful lanterns that are set a float on Shinobazu Pond. Put on your Yukata one summer day and enjoy.
Event: Saturday, July 15th  – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Time: Everyday 9:00 – 20:00
Address: Shinobazu Pond area, 2-Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3832-0084
Website: www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/uenonathumathuri.html
Access: 5 min walk from Ueno Station (Park Exit) on the JR Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line

July 27-30, 2017: Kagurazaka Matsuri (神楽坂まつり) (Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku) – This is a festival that you will definitely want to wear a yukata. If you wear a yukata the first two nights (Wednesday or Thursday), you can pick-up a lantern at Bishamonten (Zenkokuji) temple and join a group to tour the area. On Friday and Saturday, the festival becomes a bit busier and exciting as dancing begins and restaurants join in with great food and beverages discounted for visitors in yukata.
Event: Wednesday, July 27 – Saturday, July 30th, 2017
Time: July 27 & 28 17:30 – 22:00 is Ground Cherry Fair; July 29 & 30 17:00 – 21:00 is Awa Dori
Address: Bishamonten Zenkokuji, Kagurazaka
Website: http://kagurazaka6.jimdo.com
Access:  The festival held in the Kagurazaka 1-6 neighbourhoods accessible via the Ushigome Kagurazaka station on the Oedo Line or Iidabashi Station on the Chuo-sobu, Tozai, Namboku or Oedo Lines. 

July 29, 2017: Shinjuku Eisa Festival (新宿エイサーまつり) – Eisa dance is a traditional dance of Okinawa, which was originally conducted for the worship of ancestral spirits during the Obon period. However post WWII Eisa dancing has changed to focus moshinjuku-eisa festivalre on youth and cultural competition in Okinawa where young groups of Eisa performers show great creatively in their music and dance. At the Shinjuku Festival, you can see close to 25 dance groups perform. Great way to experience Okinawa culture.
Event: Saturday, July 29th, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 20:00
Address: Shinjuku station east exit area
Website: http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/ (In Japanese)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shinjuku.eisa/
http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/pdf/eisa2016_map.pdf

2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り

August 2- 6, 2017:  Toshima Tanabata Matsuri – Toshima Chuo-dori Shopping Arcade , Kita – Wednesday, August 2 – Sunday, August 6, 2017

******2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り
August 4 – 6, 2017: Hachijoji Festival (八王子まつり) – This is one of the largest festivals in Tokyo with over 750,000Hachijoji Festival August 6-7: Asagaya Bali Dance Festivalpeople attending this weekend. The main highlights include the close to 20 floats and portal shrines. During the progression of floats and shines rival teams compete with cheers and music. A lot of power, sweat and passion in this festival so watch your little ones.
Date: Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Time: Friday from 18:30 ~, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
Website:  http://www.hachiojimatsuri.jp
Access: Area around the north side of Hachioji Station

August 4-8, 2017: Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri (阿佐谷七夕まつり) – This festival is celebrating the 64th year and is known nationwide as one of the biggest Tanabata festivals (although Tanabata is officially July 7th). The shopping streets where the festival takes place is decorated with paper and bamboo decorations that local groups enter into the competition. The competition is quite impressive with grand awards given to best of many categories. My kids love the bright colours and all the super creative decorations from Godzilla to Amman last year. Read here for more information about Tanabata.
Event dates: August 4 – 8th, 2017
Address: 1-35-18 Asagaya Minami, Suginami-ku, Suginami-ku (held around the ten shopping streets including Asagaya Pearl Center)
Website: http://www.asagaya.or.jp/ Japanese language only
Access: 3 min walk from Asagaya Station on the JR Chuo or Soba lines, 5 min walk from the Minami Asagaya Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line


August 5
 & 6, 2017:  Nakameguro Summer Matsuri
– This neighborhood festival is celebrating it`s 51st year and is one of my favourite annual festivals to watch the neighborhood adults and kids dressed in jimbeis beat Japanese drums and dance down the shopping street. The shopping street and side streets are filled with festival goers enjoying local restaurant specialties. GT Tower outside Nakameguro station is filled with games for the kids and musical live entertainment each night. Dress the family in Yukatas and enjoy.
Address: Nakameguro shopping street and side streets
Dates and times: Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th; 17:30 – 20:30 both days
Website: http://www.e-nakameguro.com/
Access: A 1-min walk from Nakameguro Station

August 12, 2017:  Asakusa Toro Nagashi – Sumida Park , Asakusa – Saturday August 12

August 18-19, 2017: Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori – Shimokitazawa area , Shimokitazawa – Friday August 18 2017 – Saturday, August 19th. 18:30- 20:30.

 

******2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals – Best Japanese Festivals – 夏祭り

August 26, 2017: Asakusa Samba Matsuri (浅草サンバ) (Asakusa) –  If you love Samba, this is the place to be Saturday, August 26th! Brazil and Japan are deeply intertwined since millions of Japanese migrated to Brazil in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. If you ever want to learn more about Japan migration history check out the Japan Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama. The Asakusa Samba Matsuri is celebrating the 36th year and is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan. Over one half a million people come to see 16 teams compete for the grand award. The parade of samba dancers, floats and drummers travel down Kaminarimon Dori in front of the huge Asakusa shrine gate (Kaminarimon Gate).  I find the best place to access and view is closer to Tawaramachi Station on the Ginza Line (always thinking about kids Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities - August 29 and 30, 2015with easy in and easy out).
Address:  Kaminarimon Dori in Asakusa
Event dates and times:
Saturday, August 26th, 2017; 13:00 – 18:00
Website: http://www.asakusa-samba.org/ (Japanese language only)
Access: Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, Toei Asakusa Line or Ginza Line, or Tawaramachi on the Ginza Line.

August 26-27, 2017:  Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival (Harajuku/Omotesando) – The Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri festival is a two day festival in the center of fashion forward Harajuku and Omotesando. Over 5,000 dancers from 100 teams come to Japan to dance.
Address: Matsuri takes place around Harajuku and Omotesando, Shibuya-ku
Event dates and time: Saturday, August 26th, 2017 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday, August 27th, 2017 10:00 -17:30
Website: http://www.super-yosakoi.tokyo/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 1 min walk from Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line or Chiyoda Line; 2 min walk from the Meiji-jingumae Harajuku Station on the Fukutoshin Line

August 26-27, 2017: Koenji Awa-Odori (Kenji, Suginami-ku)  – This festival is short (3 hours), but filled with Koenji Awa-Odori extreme energy both Saturday and Sunday night. This year is the 59th Koenji Awadori which has over 10,000 dancers both professional and everyday fun folk having a great time. Over one million people are said to attend this festival so be ready for a crowd. Enjoy an energetic evening dancing away.
Address: Koenjiminami 2, 3, 6 4-chomes, and Koenjikita 2 & 3-chomes, Suginami-ku, Tokyo (held in shopping streets north and south of JR Koenji Station)
Event date and time: Saturday, August 26th – Sunday, August 27th; 17:00 – 20:00 each day
Website: http://koenji-awaodori.com/index.html (Japanese language only, there is an English tab but no content)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TokyoKoenjiAwaodori/
Access: Koenji Station in on the JR Chuo and Sobu Lines.

August 26-27, 2017: Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival 2017 (Azabu Juban, Minato-ku)  – This is one of my favorite annual festivals. The main Azabu shopping street and side streets are closed down to traffic and filled with festival goers enjoying local restaurant specialties. Ajiro Park (aka the slide park) is filled with games for the kids and musical live entertainment each night. Dress the family in Yukata and enjoy. This festival is so crowded that I highly advise not to bring strollers or pets. If you want to avoid the crazy time of 18:00 – 21:30 go when it opens from 15:00 – 17:00.
Address: main shopping street and side streets
Dates and times: Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th; 15:00 – 21:30 both days
Website: www.azabujuban.or.jp
Access: Azabu Juban station on the Namboku or Oedo Lines

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