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Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival
Those in/near Yokohama should swing by Rinko Park in Minato Mirai on Friday or Saturday evening for bon odori dancing, street food, a beer garden and beautiful views of the illuminated Yokohama Bay Bridge.
The Tsurumi River Summer Festival
A small fireworks show of 1,000 illuminations. Takes place over Tsurumi River in Yokohama—so this event can easily be paired with a visit to the Minato Mirai Bon Dance Festival (above).
Shimokitazawa Awa Odori Festival
Awa Odori is a parade-like festival where choreographed groups perform traditional Japanese dances and songs throughout the streets. The Shimokitazawa neighbourhood is holding its own version of this summertime classic.
Somewhere in Your Dream
A new market and music event (also taking place in Shimokitazawa). You can peruse the market for antiques, arts and crafts, fair trade items, vintage clothing and more. Kids can join a beat-boxing workshop for ¥500. There are also live music and DJ performances.
Sanja Latin Fest
A two-day Latin celebration with live performances, amazing costumes and a samba parade on the Sunday.
Food and Entertainment Fight! Festival
A 10-day festival with food, music and even professional wrestling displays at Symbol Promenade Park.
Summer Sonic is one of the biggest music festivals of the summer. This year’s headliners include Chance the Rapper, Beck, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Shawn Mendes, Tame Impala, Queens of the Stone Age and more. If you still haven’t got your tickets, you can still get them by following the link below.
For more top Tokyo events happening this month, see our August recommendations.
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