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

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


Edogawa Fireworks Festival

Originally May 23, postponed to October 24.

Roppongi Art Night

Originally scheduled for May 30-31


Adachi Fireworks

Originally scheduled for May 30


Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival

Originally scheduled for June 1-20

Torigoe Festival

Originally scheduled for June 7


Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival

Originally scheduled for June 12-14

Sanno Festival

Originally scheduled for June 17


Kyoto Gion Matsuri

Originally scheduled for July 1-30

Fussa Tanabata Festival

Originally scheduled for July 2-4


Shitamachi Tanabata Festival in Ueno

Originally scheduled for July 2-7

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata

Originally scheduled for July 3-5


Sumida Fireworks Festival

Originally scheduled for July 11

Mitama Festival at Yasukuni Shrine

Originally scheduled for July 13-16


Tenjin Matsuri

Originally scheduled for July 24-25

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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


Nagaoka Grand Fireworks Show

Originally scheduled for August 2-3

Aomori Nebuta Festival

Originally scheduled for August 2-7


Akita Kanto Festival

Originally scheduled for August 3-6

Sendai Tanabata Festival

Originally scheduled for August 6-8


Summer Comiket

Originally scheduled for August 7-10

Fukagawa Hachiman Festival

Originally scheduled for August 9-13


Kochi Yosakoi Festival

Originally scheduled for August 9-12

Tokushima Awa Odori Festival

Originally scheduled for August 12-15


Asagaya Tanabata Festival

Originally scheduled for August 13-17


Azabujuban Noryo Matsuri

Originally scheduled for August 22-23

Koenji Awa Odori

Originally scheduled for August 22-23


Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

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

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