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10 best summer festivals in Tokyo

Summer is the season of festivals, when Tokyo comes alive with events dedicated to everything from samba to traditional Bon-Odori dance

By Time Out Tokyo Editors

Summer in Tokyo means festival season, and we have the full list right here. But if sifting through more than 20 events is too much to process, we've done the homework for you by shortlisting the best 10 of the summer festivals.

This is the time to dust off your yukata and go dancing on the streets. But if you prefer a slightly more laidback experience, go check out one of the many fireworks festivals in and around the city instead. Remember, Tokyo doesn't put on fireworks on New Year's Day but only in summer. The good news is, there are close to 20 fireworks festivals for you to choose from.

So, with a myriad of events to look forward to until late August, consider your summer sorted. Now go out there and make the most of this sunny time of the year.

Also see: Summer festivals in Tokyo – the full list

Your best summer starts here


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