Summer is the season of festivals in Japan, every year thousands of Japanese people and foreigners alike gather around to have a culturally-rich experience with dancing, fireworks and tasty treats!
Local temples and shrines usually hold at least one festival, which is their opportunity to spread blessings and good fortunes to their towns and the people who live in them. When you live in a share house in Tokyo it can be a great opportunity to experience these events for the first time with your housemates.
So, with Japanese Festival (matsuri) season upon us, let`s have a look at the Must-see Matsuri this August:
Fukagawa Festival August 11th – 15th
Considering this festival is one of the biggest Shinto festivals of the year, it can be one of the most memorable experiences you can have in Tokyo in August. Being described as fun and energetic, it`s a festival that cannot be missed.
Venue: Tomioka Hachiman Shrine (Fukagawa Shrine) Closest Train station: Monzennakacho Station
Minato-Mirai Bon Dance Festival – August 17th and 18th
In the gorgeous area of Minato-Mirai, there is a dance festival led by hundreds of women in yukata (a summer-time kimono). Foreigners and Japanese people are encouraged to join in and even come to the event dressed in yukata too!
Venue: Rinko Park, Yokohama Closest Train Station: Takashimacho Station or Yokohama Station
Roppongi Dance Bon Dance – August 24th – August 26th
If you are a resident at Witt-Style Roppongi, there is a perfect opportunity to attend this dance festival. If you are not the type to enjoy dancing with the locals, we recommend you sit-back, relax and enjoy watching the kimono-clad festivities with some tasty festival food such as yakitori, which is a type of chicken on a stick, takoyaki which is octopus dough balls or the classic ice-shavings Summer treat, Kakigori.
Koenji Awa Odori – August 25th – August 26th
If you want to attend a festival but find it hard to cope with the scorching Summer heat, one of the best options is the evening-held matsuri event – Koenji Awa Odori. Especially a great spot if you are a resident of one of our newest share houses; Happy House Koenji.
Venue: Koenji Closest Station: Koenji Station
Kanazawa Fireworks 2018 – August 25th
Finally, if watching fireworks is on your Summer Bucket-List make sure that the 44th Annual Kanazawa Fireworks Display gets a spot on your list. If you are willing to travel a little further for a spectacular evening with an incredible beachy-style atmosphere under a sky of fireworks, this festival will be perfect for you. As it is one of the last Summer Firework Festivals in Japan it can get busier than most, but if wearing yukata and enjoying Yokohama`s sights and attractions under a night-sky of fireworks sounds good to you, this event is definitely for you.
Venue: Marine Park, Yokohama Closest Station: Uminokoen-shibaguchi Station
Let us know what Japanese festival is your favourite in the comments and be sure to check out our website for our huge and varied selection of female-only sharehouses in Tokyo!
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