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
Events in August 2018

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

Akita Kanto Festival: The Most Authentic Matsuri Experience in Akita

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

Akita City

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

Tokyo Fireworks Festival EDOMODE 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

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

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
Past August Events

100,000 Sunflowers on Show at Kiyose 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.

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 offers a Unique and Magical Ice Smoke Performance at Their Cafe!

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!

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!

Gotta Catch 'Em All! Pokemon Go Free Event In Yokohama, Japan

More than 1500 Pikachu will descend on Yokohama Minato Mirai from Wednesday 9 Aug - Tuesday 15 August for Pokemon Go's free event "Pikachu Outbreak!". There will be lots of parades, Pikachu on the ground and in the sky, a Water Carnival, and lots of opportunities to take a photo with Pikachu!

Yodogawa Fireworks Festival: Don't Miss Out the 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

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