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.
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.
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.