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Local Japanese Events

When stationed in Japan, participating in Japanese festivals is a great way to become part of the greater community in your area or prefecture.

Local Japanese Events

Although fireworks and other summer festivals are most popular, Japan hosts many other festivals to mark the arrival of spring or to pay respect to a deity. Some festivals have been taking place for centuries; others were introduced only recently.

Below, you can find Japanese festivals near your base by clicking on the base name. There is also a list of other festivals located at the bottom of the page, including the most well-known festivals in other prefectures throughout Japan.

If you know of a festival we’ve missed, let us know by sending us an email to JUMP@spfusa.org.

Aomori
Misawa

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival | April 23-May 5, 2019
Nebuta Festival | August 2-7, 2019
Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival | August 4-8, 2019

Chiba
Shimofusa

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events

Yachiyo Azalea Festival | April 29, 2020
Urayasu Sanja Festival | June 17-19, 2019
Kashiwa Matsuri | July 28-29, 2019
Ohara Hadaka Matsuri | September 22-23, 2019
Sawara Aki Matsuri | October 11-13, 2019
Narita Taiko Festival | April 13-14, 2019

Kanagawa
Sasebo

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events
Isahaya Lantern River Festival | July 15, 2019
Shourounagashi (Sprit Boat Procession) | August 15, 2019
Thousand Lantern Festival | August 23-24, 2019
Yosakoi Sasebo Festival | October 18-20, 2019
Kanoukaen | March 30, 2019

Okinawa
Camp Kadena|Torii Station|Fort Buckner|Camp Courtney|Camp Hansen|Camp Kinser|Camp Lester|Camp SD Butler|Camp Schwab|Camp Foster|Futenma|Camp Gonsalves|Camp McTureous

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events

10,000 Eisaa Dance Parade | August 4, 2019
The Itoman Great Tug-of-War | October 13, 2019
Ryukyu Lantern Festival | December 1, 2019-March 3, 2020
Shurijo Castle New Year’s Festival | January 1-3, 2019
Ryukyu Kaiensai Fireworks Festival | April 13, 2019
Naha Hare | May 3-5, 2019
Itoman Hari Festival | June 5-6, 2019

Shizuoka
Camp Fuji

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events
Shimizu Tanabata Festival | July 4-7, 2019
Matsukawa Wash Tub Boat Race | July 7, 2019
Atami Kogashi Festival | July 15-16, 2019
Mount Fuji Taiko Festival | July 27-28, 2019
Shimizu Minato Festival | August 2-4, 2019
Nagaizumi Waku Waku Festival | August 3, 2019
Atami Fireworks Festival | select weekends throughout the year

Tokyo
Camp Fuji

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events

Fussa Firefly Festival | June 15, 2019
Aoyama Gujyo Odori | June 29-30, 2019
Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri | July 4-8, 2019
Umi no Hi Lantern Festival | July 14-15, 2019
Ebisu Bon Odori | July 26-27, 2019
Fussa Tanabata Festival | August 1-4, 2019
Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri | September 13-15, 2019
Ekoda Night Bazaar | November 23, 2019
Takao Wakaba Festival | Early April to late May 2020
Kanda Matsuri | May 9-15, 2019

Yamaguchi
Iwakuni

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events
Yamaguchi Gion Festival| July 20-27
Kintaikyo Fireworks Festival | August 4, 2019
Yamaguchi Tanabata Lantern Festival| August 6-7, 2019
Nishiki River Water Festival| August 2019

Other
Various

Upcoming Events
No events currently

Past Events
Kyoto Gion Matsuri | July 14-24, 2019
Sendai Tanabata Matsuri | August 6-8, 2019
Kochi Yosakoi Matsuri | August 9-12, 2019
Tokushima City Awa Odori | August 12-15, 2019
Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival | August 15, 2019
Nara Uneme Festival | September 24, 2019
Osaka Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri | October 6-7, 2019
Nagano Ebisukou Fireworks Festival | November 23, 2019
Nozawa Fire Festival | January 15, 2020
Sapporo Snow Festival | January 31-February 11, 2020

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