Although it’s not one of the major festivals, the Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri is an easily accessible community festival with lots of activities and events. It also features restored ’dashi‘ which are traditional wheeled floats. That’s not a very enlightening description, so if you want a better idea of what I’m talking about, check this video on Youtube. One of the floats features a not very traditional but quite impressive hydraulic lift which raises it up to about 5 metres in height.
There will be typical festival food, music and dancing at the shrine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm.
The procession of dashi will begin at 11:30am on Sunday at the shrine, split into two and take different routes through the neighbourhood and eventually meet up at Akasaka Sacas in the heart of Akasaka at 1:30pm.
If you wish to be a part of the festival rather than just watching, you can sign up here. The fee is 500 yen per person.