Jul 13
Jul 16

Mitama Matsuri

9:00am – 8:00pm

Traditionally, during the hottest months of summer, Japanese people honor the spirits of the dead. One such festival based around this idea is the Mitama Matsuri at the politically complex Yasukuni Shrine.

What happens?

30,000 lanterns are strung from towers of metal scaffolding to create a spectacular approach along the promenade leading to the main shrine. The festival runs for four days, starting on July 13, and there will be dancing, brass band performances, and more.

Schedule 2024

A lot is happening but here are some of the highlights:

  • Bon Odori Dance: Taking place every evening of the festival.
  • Floats and Awa Odori Dance: On July 15, from 6 p.m. there will be an Awa Odori dance procession and at 7 p.m. a Nebuta float procession.

How to get there

The shrine is a 5-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on the Tokyo Metro Honzomon and Tozai Lines as well as the Toei Shinjuku Line.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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