Japan loves its festivals – with some in the country running all year long, but come summer time, one region in Japan shines the brightest.
In the months of July and August, the Tohoku region or northeast Honshu- comprised of the six prefectures of Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Yamagata- dazzles its locals and tourists alike with paper lanterns, parade floats, and fireworks.
Besides the impressive and well-known Aomori Nebuta Festival, there are plenty of lively matsuri taking place in the area during summer – and Japan Holidays can take you there, with a fully-escorted, small-group tour travelling to the Summer Festivals of Japan from 2nd to 12th August 2018
Morioka Sansa Odori
Over 33,000 residents of Morioka dress up in yukata and walk the city as they dance to the sound of 13,000 taiko drums and 2,000 flutes. Anyone can freely participate in the “Wa dance”.
Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival
The floats are the main attraction of this festival. The people and local businesses in each neighbourhood work together each year to build them. The scenes depicted are based on mythology, legends, fairy tales, Kabuki plays, and so on. Every year a new story or play is decided upon and a new different float is created.