Updated: April 17, 2018
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A List of Tokyo Summer Festivals!

Summer is the season for festivals, and there are a lot of festivals you can attend in Tokyo. Check out the following events!

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Kanda Matsuri

Kanda Matsuri is one of the oldest and three biggest festivals in Japan, and it is a biannual festival! People parade around Tokyo with Mikoshi (float), and it is a traditional and energetic event. Don't miss out the most exciting festival in Tokyo!

Date: 2017/5/11-5/17
Address: 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: A 5 minute walk from Ochanomizu station (JR, Metro), a 7 minute walk from Akihabara station (JR, Metro)

Sanno Matsuri

Sanno Matsuri is another festival that is counted as one of the three major summer festivals in Japan and in Tokyo. It is a traditional and old festival that is well known for the fact that Tokugawa Shoguns attended the festival during the Tokugawa era. They parade the center of Tokyo, including streets like Ginza and Roppongi, and even Tokyo Imperial Palace and Former Edo Castle!

Date: Usually in June
Location: Hie Shrine; Nihonbashi Hie Shrine
Access: Around a 3 minute walk from Akasaka station; a minute walk from Kayabacho station

Mitama Matsuri

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Mitama Matsuri is one of the famous festivals in Tokyo. More than 300,000 people come to enjoy the display of numbers of lanterns decorations and mikoshi performance! You get to experience the most wondrous and traditional summer festival here!

Date: 2017/7/13-16
Location: Yasukuni Shrine
Access: A 5 minute walk from Kudanshita Station

Koenji Awaodori

Koenji Awaodori is a huge dance festival where you get to watch traditional Japanese summer dance performances! Cheerful music and performances with more than 10,000 dancers is very festive and dynamic. If you are in Japan around late August, make sure to check this event out!

Date: 2017/8/26-27 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: around Koenji station
Access: Koenji station

Kagurazaka Matsuri

Kagurazka is known as Little Paris or Little Tokyo, and Kagurazaka Matsuri taskes place in this refined and authentic city! The festival is filled with good food and traditional dance called Awaodori. They have two parts of the festival: Ho-zuki market where they sell lantern-shaped seasonal plants is held during Part 1 and Awa-odori will be performed during Part 2.

Date: Part1 - July 26th-27th, Part2 - July 28th-29th
Time: Part1 - 5:30-10:00 pm, Part2 - 7:00-9:00 pm
Address: Kagurazaka 1 Chome - 6 Chome, Shinjuku-ku (around Kagurazaka Street)
Access: Around a 0-2 minute walk from Iidabashi station

Summer Sonic

There is also a music festival during summer too! Summer Sonic is a very popular music festival where you get to watch performances of many artists from different countries! If you love music, it is worth checking out!

Date: 2017/8/19-20
Ticket: A one day ticket is ¥16,500, and ¥30,000 for platinum benefits. And 2 day tickets are ¥30,500.
Address: 1 Maihama, Maihama Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan 261-0022

How to enjoy Japanese festivals

There are many ways to enjoy Japanese festivals. If it's your first time visiting, check out the links below to learn more about what kind of food they offer and what booths they have at summer festivals!

Fireworks festivals are also popular!

Fireworks festivals are one of the most popular events in summer! There are many fireworks festivals happening during the month of July and August, so don't miss out!

For more information...

The link below will take you to the list of Japan's summer festivals! Plan your visit to one of these summer festivals to make your summer a little more special!
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