Summer festivals in Japan

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The top 3  Summer festivals in Japan (2021)

Your guide to the ‘hottest’ summer festivals here in Japan.

Get out your fans and get rid of those ties, because it’s summer here in Japan, and boy does it get hot and humid out here.  On the bright side, summer means it’s festival time. So make sure to list these amazing festivals for your next internship in Japan.

Between July and August, Japan hosts various summer festivals, ranging from small gatherings in the countryside to large firework displays above the Sumida River in Tokyo. Let’s have a look at some of our favorite summer festivals here in Japan. 


  1. Sumida River Fireworks Festival

One of the most famous fireworks displays in all of Japan. This awesome fireworks show can be seen along the Sumida River and usually attracts a crowd of over 20 000 people. The spectacular fireworks shine over the water and can be seen shimmering above Tokyo’s Skytree.

You can catch the show from a few different spots along the river but a great spot can be found near the Oyokogawa water park, close to Tokyo Skytree. 

If you want to learn more about this Festival, you can see the latest information about it on their official website.


  1. Kyoto Gion Festival

This is one of the three biggest festivals in Japan and has giant floats rolling down the streets of Kyoto. It is a very traditional festival, which has run for over a thousand years. 

When floats are not rolling down the street they are replaced by brightly lit vendors and traditionally dressed Japanese people. Creating an exciting and fun atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. 

The festival usually runs throughout the whole month of July, but the main events are held on the 17th and 24th of the month.

  1. Awadori festival Tohoku

For interns in Japan who are looking to get outside of the big city. This festival might just be for you.

The Awadori festival in Tohoku is considered by some as the biggest festival in Japan, as it attracts over a million people each year. It is held in the Tohoku prefecture of Shikoku and has colorful groups dance through the streets with traditional instruments and outfits. It is truly a sight to be seen.

Have a look at this video to see how amazing their traditional oda awari dance is. 

Which of these festivals caught your attention? If you are interested in these festivals or any other amazing thing in Japan, we have cultural programs set up to help you work and enjoy your life in Japan. We also have online internships available!

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Japanese girl carrying traditional umbrella during a spring festival.

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