If you missed your chance to visit Aomori for its world-famous Nebuta Festival, there’s a mini-version taking place in Shinagawa that’s been running since 1989.
For the first time in four years (since 2018), the Nakanobu Nebuta Festival will go ahead. It will be held on a smaller scale in 2022 — with no street food — but the music, dancers, and colorful floats will still parade the streets.
The main parade with the iconic Nebuta floats will go from 5pm-8pm, starting at Showa-dori Shopping Street and making a U-turn at the end of Nakanobu Slip Road Shopping Street.
This event is running in conjunction with the Aomori Prefecture city of Kuroishi which has a Nebuta Festival in August (the more famous Nebuta Festivals take place in Aomori City and Hirosaki, but each city has their own festival with unique aspects). If you’re among the first 500 people to gather in the square before the parade, you can dance and chant along (“ra-se-ra”).Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.