This beautiful event takes place on the moat on the northwest side of the Imperial Palace called Chidorigafuchi. Around 80 boats glide along quietly as 700 small paper lanterns are floated in the calm water. The glittering surface, reflecting the soft, warm lights, makes for a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. If you want to take part in the event as a passenger on a boat, a fee as well as a reservation is required - simply watching the spectacle unfold, however, is free.
While the Hozuki Market takes place on the 27th and 28th, displaying beautiful Chinese lantern plants, performances of Tokushima Prefecture's traditional Awa Odori takes place on the 29th and 30th of July.
The main venue of the Hozuki Market are the grounds of the Bishamonten Zenkoku Temple and apart from selling beautiful potted lantern plants, local eateries sell their delicacies at various food stalls.
Awa Odori, following the market, is an old Buddhist tradition and is performed by about 20 participating groups each day. The nimble dancers parade along Kagurazaka Street, an event that is not to be missed!
This is Japan's largest hula festival, now in its 14th year. The opening event is on the evening of the 29th and the main festival is carried out on both the 30th and the 31st. The main stage can be found in the Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park while six other stages can be found all around Ikebukuro Station on which about 4,500 participants in 175 teams show off their skills.
When the sun sets, it's time for Hula Night, the finale of every evening. Participants, members of the executive committee, as well as visitors of the festa get the opportunity to hula together on the main stage at the Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, making for an unforgettable experience!
Eisa is Okinawa Prefecture's traditional Bon Odori - the dance performed during the Buddhist festival of Obon, a festival that honors ancestor spirits. 25 organizations take part in the Shinjuku Eisa Festival, showcasing Okinawa's traditional eisa performances in colorful costumes, accompanied by powerful Taiko drums and energetic cheering. The buoyant festival is being held in the area of Shinjuku Station's East Exit, around Studio Alta, and Kabukicho.
Kabukicho - Central road (Evening performance)
< July 29th (Fri) to July 31st (Sun)>
After years of meticulous planning, this world-class art festival is held for the very first time this year, transforming the area of Futako-Tamagawa into a true cultural hub. The first theme of the festival is “Human’s Nature”. From the bustling shopping area around the station to the scenic river, colorful and vibrant events will unfold in the area, from music concerts to exhibitions of various works of art. As the entire neighborhood turns into one amazing work of art, not only locals are sure to flock to the event – be sure not to miss out on it!
Futakotamagawa Station (Tamagawa River, Tamagawa Takashimaya Shopping Center, Futakotamagawa Rise, etc.)
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.