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10 best summer festivals in Tokyo in 2022

From Bon Odori to mega fireworks, here are the most exciting and spectacular events happening in Tokyo this summer

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Time Out Tokyo Editors

Goodbye rainy season, hello summer heat: the serious scorch has arrived in Tokyo, which means it's also time for yukata, fireworks and dancing in the streets. One of the best ways to make the city's steamy nights a little more bearable is to visit some of the summer festivals taking place all across Tokyo. The celebrations start annually around Tanabata (July 7) and continue with events dedicated to everything from sunflowers to Bon-Odori and Awa-Odori dances.

We've put together a list of all the major festivals happening in Tokyo in 2022. Now's your turn to experience the magic of summer and fill up on delicious matsuri food.

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Enoshima is one of the most popular island getaways for Tokyoites and it's hosting a free projection mapping event throughout August, inspired by the little island’s folktale Enoshima Engi.

Called the Enoshima Lanterns 2022, the digital light show starts at the island’s Zuishinmon Gate, where it depicts a scene from Enoshima Engi, which tells the love story between an evil-doing five-headed dragon and a beautiful goddess. Make sure to watch the entire scene until the end as it includes a digital fireworks display.

The staircase leading up to Enoshima Shrine, which is dedicated to the aforementioned goddess, is lit up with blue and yellow lights. At the shrine grounds, the project mapping show here goes deeper into the love between the dragon and the goddess.

In addition to the digital light show, the shrine grounds and the upper area surrounding the Samuel Cocking Garden and the Enoshima Sea Candle lighthouse are lit up with 1,000 traditional lanterns illustrating scenes from Enoshima Engi.

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