Ueno's natsu matsuri kicks off for real with a parade down the area's central street on July 22 (from 5.30pm), while the rest of the event period includes happenings like the picturesque toro nagashi ceremony (July 17, from 7pm), in which paper lanterns are floated on Shinobazu Pond. There will be market stalls in the park throughout the four weeks of the festival selling antiques, potted plants and more, while street performances take place at the Bentendo temple in the afternoon on July 23 and 29. Make sure to also check out Ueno Park's open-air stage, where everyone from idols to jazz veterans will be performing almost every day. And if you're looking for a photo op, come on the afternoon of July 18, when ice sculptors will conjure some (doubtless short-lived) works around the stage.
|Venue name:||Shinobazu Pond|
2 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku
|Transport:||Ueno Station, Park exit|