August 3 – 6
August in Tohoku is hot and the Summer festivals even hotter!
Tohoku is home to some of Japan’s most dynamic and exciting Summer events and traditions. Prepare to dance, chant and get lost in the hypnotic rhythm of taiko drums…
Your adventure starts with the colourful ornate festival floats of Hachinohe City’s ‘Sansha Tasai’ festival, the perfect warm-up for the next night of celebrations at Tohoku’s most famous summer festival, Aomori City’s Nebuta Matsuri!
Forget watching from the sidelines, here you will transform into a local Haneto dancer and JOIN the parade with the Aomori locals.
Next up is the incredible spectacle of Akita’s Kanto Matsuri (Pole lantern festival) where festival performers balance 12 metre high poles adorned with close to 50 lanterns on their foreheads, shoulders, hands…you name it!
Your summer festival journey will wrap up in Tohoku’s capital city, Sendai, during ‘Tanabata’ (Star Festival). Dress in traditional ‘Yukata’ and walk through forests of colourful Tanabata decorations!
Join the colourful excitement as 27 giant festival floats parade the streets of Hachinohe City during the famous ‘Sansha Taisai festival’
Don’t just watch, JOIN the incredible ‘Nebuta’ festival of Aomori City!
Wear traditional ‘Haneto’ dancer costume and dance behind the giant ‘Nebuta’ festival floats with locals.
Drive the ‘Aspite Line’ Highland Road through Towada-Hachimantai National Park to the mysterious Lake Tazawa.
Watch in awe as locals balance 12m high poles carrying up to 46 lanterns at the incredible Akita Kanto (Pole Lantern) festival.
Visit the temples and shrines of UNESCO World Heritage Hiraizumi.
Experience Sendai Tanabata (Star Festival) in the capital city of Tohoku.
Dress in traditional ‘Yukata’ and walk through forests of colourful Tanabata decorations made from rice-paper.