Japanese events and festivals are celebrated through out the country all year round, there are about 300,000 traditional festivals in Japan. The Japanese word for “festival” is “matsuri (祭り)”, in most cases each festival is sponsored by a local shrine or temple. Most of the Japanese festivals are celebrated over the weekend, big festivals like Sanja Matsuri, roads are usually closed to give way for the celebration.

If you happen to be roaming around Japan or Tokyo specifically, you can easily a spot Japanese events and festivals if you see processions which includes big and intricately designed floats. Of course, that also includes loud taiko drum beats and Japanese people chanting while they carry the traditional mikoshi.

Every season in Japan is accompanied by specific festivals for each area. Popular festivals are Takayama Spring Festival, Awa Odori Matsuri (Summer), Nagasaki Kunchi (Autumn) and a bunch of snow festivals in winter like Sapporo Snow Festival.

Upcoming Japanese Events and Festivals

National New Fireworks Games

Date: September 7, 2019
Admission: Free

Nagano

Wired Music Festival

Date: September 7 -8, 2019
Admission: 12,000 – 40,000 JPY

Aichi

Misawa Air Base Festival

Date: September 8, 2019
Admission: Free

Aomori

Fiesta Mexicana Osaka 2019

Date: Early September 2019
Admission: Free

Osaka

Uneme Festival

Date: September 13, 2019
Event Schedule: 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Admission: Free

Nara

Kiyomizu Temple Seiryu-e Dragon Festival (Autumn)

Date: September 14-15, 2019
Event Schedule: 2:00PM (start)
Admission: Free

Kyoto

Orbit Open Air Party

Date: September 14-15 2019
Admission: 5,000 – 6,000 JPY

Okinawa

Danjiri Matsuri

Date: Mid September 2019
Admission: Free

Osaka

Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2019

Date: Mid September 2019
Admission: Free

Kyoto

Nagasaki Kyoryuchi Festival

Date: Mid September 2019
Admission: Free

Nagasaki

Huisten Bosch Kyushu Ichi Fireworks Festival

Date: Late September 2019
Admission: Free

Nagasaki

Kangetsu no Yube: Full Moon Viewing

Date: Late September 2019
Admission: Adult – ¥500
Children – ¥300

Kyoto

Events Information Source: Japan Cheapo Events