August
The best things to do in Japan in August! Our guide to the special events, Japanese festivals (matsuri), and seasonal foods offered at popular restaurants all over Japan. Main Events are countless fireworks festivals accross the country, the Aomori Nebuta matsuri, and the Sendai Tanabata matsuri
Past August Events

Yoshitaka Amano Final Fantasy Exhibition In Ikebukuro, Tokyo

You can see the art of legendary Japanese illustrator Yoshitaka Amano at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro from August 10th to September 2nd, 2018.

Ikebukuro

100,000 Sunflowers at Kiyose 2018 Sunflower Festival, Tokyo

Ever thought that you could walk amongst 100,000 sunflowers?! Now you can at Kiyose Sunflower Festival. Easily accessible via express train from Ikebukuro station, the Sunflower Festival offers visitors amazing scenery you can't find in downtown Tokyo! Get along to get that Instagram photo or just explore the wonderful area.

Tokyo

Koenji Awa Odori Festival: a huge dance festival in the heart of one of Tokyo's hippest neighborhood!

If you are in Tokyo in late August, make sure to check out the Koenji Awa Odori Festival. It is one of the biggest in the city, and it attracts approximately 1 million visitors! Find out more about the summer festival below!

Tokyo

Omagari Fireworks 2018: Unbelievably Beautiful Fireworks Competition in Akita!

Omagari is located in Akita prefecture, and Omagari Fireworks takes place in August every year. It is one of the major and traditional fireworks competition festivals in Japan. It's a must-visit fireworks festival in Japan!

Akita

Gotta Catch 'Em All! Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama, Japan

More than 1500 Pikachu will descend on Yokohama Minato Mirai from 8/9 Fri-8/16 Thu for "Pikachu Outbreak!". This year, the events Pikachu parades and Water Carnivals are powered up, Pikachu on the ground and in the sky, opportunities to take a photo with Pikachu, and Eevee is joining the parade.

Yokohama

Tokushima Awa Odori: the mother of all awa dances!

The Tokushima Awa Odori is said to be the biggest awa dance festival in Japan, attracting annually 1.3 million visitors! Be sure to attend it if you are on the Shikoku island during the O-bon period.

Tokushima City

Jingu Gaien Fireworks 2018: Stunning Fireworks In Tokyo!

Going to see the fireworks during summer is a popular event in Japan, with many great firework festivals happening this season. Among the many famous firework festivals in Japan, Jingu Gaien Fireworks is one of the most famous firework festivals in Tokyo! Look at this guide to find out what the Jingu Fireworks are like!

Tokyo

Tokyo Fireworks Festival EDOMODE 2018 In Odaiba Information

One of the most impressive hanabi taikai (fireworks festival) in the world will be held on August 8th, 2018, in Odaiba Tokyo. See the stunning show from the beach from Odaiba's beachfront park from 19:10. Tickets on sale now!

Odaiba

The World of Paper and Bamboo: Join Sendai Tanabata Festival from August 6th to 8th, 2018!

Sendai Tanabata Festival is a traditional, probably the most elegant summer festival that exist in Japan. People love to come visit and watch the colorful decorations mostly made by paper. Let's find out how to enjoy Sendai Tanabata Festival to fullest!

Sendai

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri: Be prepared to be dazzled by stately lantern-warriors!

The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is one of the big three festivals of its kind in the Tohoku region. "Nebuta" is in reference warriors carried on floats traveling to the center of the city. Aomori puts on an amazing spectacle with gigantic lantern-floats surrounded by dancers in unique costumes dancing to traditional music. This event attracts approximately 3 million people every year. A must see!

Aomori City

Asagaya Tanabata Festival 2018

Asagaya is a popular, young neighbourhood of Tokyo that has one of the country's largest Tanabata Festivals. Here are the details of this popular event.

Tokyo

Akita Kanto Festival: The Most Authentic Matsuri Experience in Akita

Akita Kanto Festival is one of the biggest summer festivals in Tohoku region (north-east part) of Japan. Let's figure out what is so popular about Akita Kanto Festival together!

Akita City

Hachioji Matsuri 2018 Event Information For The Festival

Enjoy a major Tokyo traditional summer festival in the city of Hachioji in western Tokyo: the Hachioji Matsuri.

Tokyo

Yodogawa Fireworks Festival 2018: Don't Miss Out Osaka's Biggest Fireworks Festival!

One of the representative summer events in Osaka is Yodogawa Fireworks Festival. Its dynamic fireworks are really popular among all ages, and it's a must-see event! Let's find out more about Yodogawa Fireworks together!

Osaka City

Edogawa Fireworks Festival 2018 (August 3). Over 10,000 Fireworks!

In summer, many festivals and fireworks (hanabi) festivals take place in all over Japan. Out of them, Edogawa (Edo River) fireworks festivals is one of the most popular and greatest festivals where you can enjoy spectacular fireworks show and lively atmosphere. Here is a guide to the festival, what is it, when and where to watch, and how to enjoy.

Tokyo

Challenge the World Records and Get a Free Yakitori Dish at "Sandaime Torimero"!

"Sandaime Torimero" is a Yakitori Izakaya chain that offers delicious dishes for very reasonable price. Since the famous World Championships in Athletics will be held during August, they are hosting an event where you can get their popular dish, 'Momo-ipponyaki', for free if you manage to pause a stopwatch at 9.58 seconds!

Kit Kat Chocolatory in Ginza, Tokyo - With Nitrogen Smoke Show!

From August 19th to August 31st, you can experience a very cool and unique experience at Kitkat's Chocolatory flagship store in Ginza! Come and experience it for yourself!

Ginza

Starbucks Japan is Releasing "S'more Frappuccino with Crispy Marshmallow" for Summer 2017!

Starbucks Japan has announced that they will be releasing their new summer frappuccino, "S'more Frappuccino with Crispy Marshmallow" from August 10th to 31st, 2017. Don't miss out the chance to try their new summer drink!

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