Narita Gion Festival is an important traditional matsuri (festival) taking place not too far from Narita Airport.
Gion festivals take place all over Japan, the most well-known being the one held in Kyoto throughout July. But this one in Chiba Prefecture also has a long 300-year history and lasts for an impressive three days. Floats decorated with intricate carvings and a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade will take place around the area surrounding Narita Station. Of course, there will also be plenty of stalls and snacks to be had.
Each night, around 9 p.m. on the 7th and 8th and 10 p.m. on the 9th, floats will be lit up and there will be a festive atmosphere in the air.
Here is what else is happening:
- July 7 (Fri.): Floats and dancers will appear near the main hall of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple from around 1:30 p.m.
- July 8 (Sat.): Dances will start from 9 a.m. around Narita Station.
- July 9 (Sun.): From 1 p.m. floats will be pulled up the street Naritasan Omotesando Nakacho and there will be a dedicated dance at 5 p.m. in Naritasan Shinshoji Temple.