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Updated: June 29, 2022
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.
Yes! August marks the height of summer festival season in Japan, so there are plenty of events to enjoy.
Tokyo gets hot in August, with average temperatures around 27ºC (81ºF) during the day, and 23ºC (73ºF) at night. Bring light, airy clothing to help beat the heat, especially in mid- to late August. Downpours and typhoons are possible, so be prepared—keep a folding umbrella handy! Rainfall is 155 mm (6 in) on average.
The Koenji Awa-odori Dance is one of Tokyo's most famous summer festivals. Held over two days during the last weekend of August, the festival features around 10,000 dancers and a million spectators. Traditional music and dance, combined with an exhilarating atmosphere, make this event truly memorable.
The Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival) is, held for five days every year in early August. JR Asagaya Station and the eight surrounding shopping streets showcase bamboo decorations and elaborate papier-mâché sculptures. The displays change each time, and are made with incredible attention to detail, giving visitors a reason to come back year after year.
The Fukagawa Hachiman Festival (Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Festival), typically held on August 15, is one of the three great festivals of Edo (the old name for Tokyo). During the festival, you can take in a stunning view of the procession of participants carrying mikoshi (portable shrines) through the streets. If you're lucky, you may even be asked to join in! Spectators "purify" the mikoshi carriers by splashing them with water, giving the festival its nickname: the "water-splashing festival."
The Asakusa Samba Carnival is Japan's largest samba carnival, and a perfect match for the summer months. Authentic samba teams in gorgeous costumes gather from all over Japan to dance in a parade formation alongside unique floats. This is a wonderful opportunity to see Japan's top samba talents showcase their skills in this fun cross-cultural event.
Note: A modified event is being considered for 2022.
Bon-odori, a traditional dance, is an integral part of Japanese summer festivals. Dances differ by region, and you can experience a broad assortment in Tokyo. At the Noryo Bon-odori event at Tsukiji Honganji Temple, visitors can participate in a "bon-odori medley," and learn dances from different communities around Japan. With food stalls from the famous Tsukiji outer market making an appearance, the organizers of Noryo Bon-odori have called it "Japan's best catered Bon-odori event."
Bon-odori event at Tsukiji Honganji Temple: The 2022 festival will be held on a smaller scale.
Please visit the official website for more information
Experience the sight of a thousand paper lanterns floating down the tranquil Sumidagawa River. For one night in August, visitors to Asakusa make wishes and release lanterns from Shinsui Terrace. Contact the Asakusa Tourism Federation for details about how to get your own lantern.
Sumidagawa River Toro Nagashi (Lantern-Floating Ceremony)
The Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival is held every August at Meiji Jingu Gaien. It is a major summer event where visitors can enjoy the sight of 12,000 fireworks at four venues: Rubber-ball Baseball Ground, the National Stadium, Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium, and Jingu Secondary Stadium. The main venue, Jingu Stadium, typically hosts live performances from popular artists. Come and be entranced by the fusion of fireworks and music in the heart of Tokyo.
The Kiyose Sunflower Festival is Tokyo's largest event dedicated to sunflowers. In August, around 100,000 sunflowers fill an area of 24,000 square meters. The brilliant yellows and greens of the sunflower field offer a perfect opportunity for photos, so make sure to bring a camera. More serious photographers may be interested in the annual photo contest held during the festival. Visitors can purchase cut flowers and fresh local vegetables at the event.