JULY: Festivals + Events

Click on Tell me more to read about the event, then use the search term below to find out the exact dates and times for the year you’ll be there.

Edogawa Kingyo Matsuri (goldfish festival)

A grand goldfish festival takes place in Edogawa every July

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Search term: Edogawa goldfish festival, kingyo matsuri Edogawa

Mitama Matsuri at the Yasukuni Shrine

Floating lantern festivals

This toro nagashi floating lantern festival takes place on Shinobazu Pond in Ueno every July

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Search terms: toro nagashi, floating lantern festival

The Mitama Matsuri festival at the Yasukuni Shrine is one of the biggest festivals of summer. Traditional dancing, music, and lots and lots of festival food is a great way to spend a warm summer evening

Search term: Mitama matsuri Yasukuni

Fireworks Festivals

Sitting by the riverside and watching astounding fireworks displays is one of the delights of Japanese summer

Search term: Tokyo fireworks July

Other events in the month of July that might be worth checking out:

Tanabata Festival

Morning Glory Festival

Floating lanterns on the Imperial Palace moat

Ueno summer festival parade

Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri (parade of people performing traditional Okinawan dance)

Wonder Festival Makuhari Messe (conference showcasing Japanese character figures)

You can search for more detailed information on these by Googling the names in bold, or searching for them on Tokyo Cheapo or TimeOut Tokyo, which I think have the most reliable info for events that change dates from year to year.

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