Kyoto Gion Matsuri
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These festivals and events in Japan have been cancelled due to coronavirus

Kyoto Gion Festival, Aomori Nebuta festival, Sumida Fireworks and more summer events across Japan have been cancelled

Kasey Furutani
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Kasey Furutani
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Summer in Japan is a special time, marked by cold beer, hydrangeas and summer festivals also known as matsuri. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 coronavirus, we'll have to create our own indoor fun this summer. Major festivals in the Tohoku region, the month-long Gion Matsuri as well as fireworks festivals in Tokyo and throughout Japan have been cancelled for health and safety reasons. Festivals attract millions of visitors every year and are just not safe under the current circumstances. 

Following in the grand steps of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, other major festivals in the country are cancelling or postponing. Here are the latest updates on the major summer events, from Tohoku down to Kyushu. 

Recommended: attend these Tokyo- and Japan-based online events instead

May

Edogawa Fireworks Festival
Photograph: Kent Miller/Macy’s

Edogawa Fireworks Festival

Originally May 23, postponed to October 24.

Roppongi Art Night

Roppongi Art Night

Originally scheduled for May 30-31

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Adachi Fireworks
足立の花火

Adachi Fireworks

Originally scheduled for May 30

June

Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival

Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival

Originally scheduled for June 1-20

Torigoe Festival

Torigoe Festival

Originally scheduled for June 7

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Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival

Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival

Originally scheduled for June 12-14

Sanno Festival

Sanno Festival

Originally scheduled for June 17

July

Kyoto Gion Matsuri
Photo: Kobby Dagan/Dreamstime

Kyoto Gion Matsuri

Originally scheduled for July 1-30

Fussa Tanabata Festival

Fussa Tanabata Festival

Originally scheduled for July 2-4

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Shitamachi Tanabata Festival in Ueno

Shitamachi Tanabata Festival in Ueno

Originally scheduled for July 2-7

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata
Photo: fb.com/tanabata.hiratsuka

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata

Originally scheduled for July 3-5

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Sumida Fireworks Festival

Sumida Fireworks Festival

Originally scheduled for July 11

Mitama Festival at Yasukuni Shrine
Photo: Stephane Bureau Du Colombier/Dreamstime

Mitama Festival at Yasukuni Shrine

Originally scheduled for July 13-16

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Tenjin Matsuri
Photo: Jack Swing/Pixta

Tenjin Matsuri

Originally scheduled for July 24-25

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Originally July 24 – August 9 2020, postponed to July 23 – August 8 2021 

August

Nagaoka Grand Fireworks Show
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Nagaoka Grand Fireworks Show

Originally scheduled for August 2-3

Aomori Nebuta Festival
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Aomori Nebuta Festival

Originally scheduled for August 2-7

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Akita Kanto Festival
Photo: fb.com/discover.akita

Akita Kanto Festival

Originally scheduled for August 3-6

Sendai Tanabata Festival
Photo: fb.com/sendaitanabatamatsuri

Sendai Tanabata Festival

Originally scheduled for August 6-8

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Summer Comiket

Summer Comiket

Originally scheduled for August 7-10

Fukagawa Hachiman Festival

Fukagawa Hachiman Festival

Originally scheduled for August 9-13

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Kochi Yosakoi Festival
Photo: fb.com/visitkochijapan

Kochi Yosakoi Festival

Originally scheduled for August 9-12

Tokushima Awa Odori Festival
Photo: fb.com/tokushimacityawaodori

Tokushima Awa Odori Festival

Originally scheduled for August 12-15

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Asagaya Tanabata Festival

Asagaya Tanabata Festival

Originally scheduled for August 13-17

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Azabujuban Noryo Matsuri

Azabujuban Noryo Matsuri

Originally scheduled for August 22-23

Koenji Awa Odori
Photo: Koenji Awa Odori

Koenji Awa Odori

Originally scheduled for August 22-23

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Photo: Japan Olympic Museum

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Originally August 25 – September 6 2020, postponed to August 24 – September 5 2021

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