Summer festivals are one feature of summer in Japan you cannot miss. Here we have put together some information on a number of festivals that are typical of those in the Eastern Japan area.
The options range from the energetic frenzy of the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, scorching the short northern summer nights with color, to the Tanabata Festival of Sendai, which will cool you down. The spectacularly colored floats and shouting dancers make the Japanese summer festival a unique experience, and we have lots of information to help you experience it first-hand.
For travel to the summer festivals in the Eastern Japan Area, we invite you to travel on the JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains.
Information on summer festivals throughout Eastern Japan. Check out the individual pages for detailed information on what to look for and how to get there.
Hirosaki Neputa Festival
Just outside Hirosaki Sta. (Hirosaki Station course), or approx. 20 min. walk (Dotemachi course)
Aomori Nebuta Festival
Approx. 10 min. walk from Aomori Sta.
Goshogawara Tachi Neputa
Approx. 5 min. walk from Goshogawara Sta.
Morioka Sansa Odori
Approx. 10 min. walk from Morioka Sta.
Akita Kanto Festival
Approx. 15 min. walk from Akita Sta.
Yamagata Hanagasa Festival
Approx. 10 min. walk from Yamagata Sta.
Sendai Tanabata Festival © Photographs courtesy of the Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division
Approx. 5 min. walk from Sendai Sta.
Approx. 10 min. by taxi from Haranomachi Sta.
Kenshin Festival © City of Joetsu
5 to 20 min. walk from Kasugayama Sta.
More great summer events in Japan! A selection of excellent fireworks shows that are lighting up the skies throughout Eastern Japan.
As of June 2018.