Updated: April 17, 2018
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A List of Summer Festivals in the Kansai Area!

It is one of Japanese tradition to celebrate summer with festive events! Followings are the list of summer festivals in Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto!

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Gion Matsuri (Kyoto)

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Gion Matsuri is probably one of the most well-known festivals that is held during the month of July in Kyoto. This festival has a long history (first started in 898!), and the 17th of July is when the main event happens. It is called Yamaboko Junkou, where they parade Nakagyo-ku and Shimogyo-ku with decorated float with children on it! Lanterns light up at night and adds summerly feels to streets in Kyoto.

Date: July 1-31st
Location: Yasaka Shrine
Access: A 10 minute walk from Kawaramachi station

Tenjin Matsuri (Osaka)

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Tenjin Matsuri is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan, where about 1.3 million people come to watch the fusion of water and fire! You also get to watch dazzling fireworks at the end of the day too. It is such an energetic event that it could be overwhelming, but it is definitely worth joining the crowd! You will not regret - their major events include Mikoshi parade, boat cruising the river at night which is super exciting, and astonishingly beautiful fireworks to close the festival!

Date: July 25th, 2017
Location: Osaka Tenmangu
Access: Around a 5 minute walk from Minami-morimachi station and Osaka Tenmangu station

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival

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One of the most famous summer festivals that represent Osaka is Kishiwada Danjiri Festival. The festival has been happening for more than 300 years now, and it is a huge summer festival in Osaka. Danjiri means a massive wooden float that resembles shrines, and as it is mentioned in the festival name, their outstanding part of the festival is where Danjiri is pulled around by group of people! Danjiri weighs around 5 tons each, and is pulled so rapidly that you would be swooned!

Date: September 3rd, 15-17th
Location: Kishiwada area
Access: Kishiwada station

Tokushima Awa Odori (Tokushima)

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Have you ever heard of Awa Odori before? It is a traditional Japanese dance that is commonly danced at events like summer festivals. Awa Odori is a well-known dance nationwide, but it actually was originated in Awa, Tokushima. This festival has more than 400 years of history! It happens during the O-bon season in August, so if you are in Kansai region, you should definitely attend!

Date: August 12-15th, 2017
Location: Around Tokushima station
Access: A few minute walk from Tokushima station

Plan your visit to summer festivals in Kansai region!

For more information on how to enjoy summer festivals in Japan, check out the link below!
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