Tokyo in Summer is HOT. But there’s one thing that can tempt us out of our cool, air conditioned HQ: a great summer festival. We polled the FunkyCorp team for their favorites across the summer, so put on a cotton yukata and enjoy.
Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni Shrine—the spirits of the dead are remembered with lanterns and dancing at one of Tokyo’s biggest Obon festivals. 13-16 July.
Gion Matsuri —Kyoto turns into a giant party for four nights. 14-17 July.
Harajuku Omotesando Genki Super Yosakoi Festival—6,000 performers take over the streets of Harajuku for two days of spectacular team dancing. August 24-25.
Kagurazaka Matsuri—summer markets and a dance-off along the streets of this chic Tokyo neighborhood. 24-27 July
Asakusa Hozuki-Ichi—the grounds of Sensoji Temple turn into a giant market every July 10, selling vivid orange lantern plants. July 10.
Koenji Awa-odori Festival—10,000 dancers wind through the narrow streets. Bars are set up along the route, turning it into a giant street party. 24-35 August.
Kawagoe Hyakumanto Natsu Matsuri—stroll the traditional streets of Kawagoe, illuminated by thousands of colorful paper lanterns. 27-28 July.
There are more great ideas for festivals, fireworks and summer fun on the websites we created with JNTO and Go Tokyo. Did you catch a festival this summer? We’d love to hear your recommendations! Please let us know in the comments below.