Top 10 Things to Do in Japan in August 2019

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August is peak summer festival season in Japan! The number of festivals, and also the huge size of the events, is better in August than any other time of year in Japan. These 10 events are some of the biggest and best of August, but also all year! Read on to discover the top 10 things to do in August in Japan.

1. Hakodate Port Festival (函館港まつり)

This is the largest summer event in Hakodate. There is a fireworks display at the port on the first day that kicks off the festivities to come. The “Wasshoi Hakodate” consists of several parades, which involve over 20,000 paraders. In the parades, women dressed in kimono dance a traditional Hakodate Port Dance, some perform passionate YOSAKOI dances, and the others dance a Squid Dance, which is Hakodate’s specialty. The Squid Dance is so easy that the spectators can join the parade and dance it together with the dancers.

WHERE: Around Hakodate Station, Hakodate City, Hokkaido Prefecture

WHEN: August 1 – 5, 2019


2. Hirosaki Neputa Festival (弘前ねぷたまつり)

This popular events is one of the four major festivals in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. Many citizens walk through the city, drawing floats where the warriors were drawn. More than 80 incredible Neputa lantern floats are paraded through the city.

WHERE: Around Hirosaki Park, Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture

WHEN: August 1 – 7, 2019


3. Nagaoka Festival Fireworks Display (長岡まつり大花火大会)

The Nagaoka Matsuri festival is held every year from …continue reading