Shitamachi Tanabata Festival

Write your wish to the stars on a piece of paper
Every year, you can celebrate the reunion of the two lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi and make a wish upon stars during the Tanabata festival. Parades, stalls and many activities will take place along more than 1 km on the Kappabashi avenue.
For more information, please read our full article: Enjoy the Shitamachi Festival in Ueno and Asakusa.

Place: Kappabashi Main Street (Between Ueno and Asakusa)

Official website (Japanese Only): Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri

 Access: 10min on foot from Asakusa station (Tokyo Metro Ginza line, Asakusa Line)


Tokyo Bay Nouryousen (Refreshing Cruise) 2018 (July 1st- September 29)

Source: Mainichi Shimbun

Enjoy fresh drinks, matsuri food and dances on an illuminated boat cruising Tokyo Bay. Why go now? Special discounts are available until July 13th if you make a reservation online!

Place:  Boarding from Takeshiba Ferry Terminal

Official website: Tokyo-wan Nouryousen

 Access: Boarding place is 5mn from Takeshiba Station (Yurikamome Line)

Hand Made in Japan Festival 2018 (July 7th- July 8th)

Source: Official Wbesite

More than 3000 creators from all over Japan will show the artworks, fashion items, food they make by hand. Entrance costs 1500 yen.

Place: Tokyo Big Sight

Official website (Japanese Only): Handmade in Japan Fes 2018

 Access: 3mn on foot from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station (Rinkai Line)

Ocean Peoples ’18 (July 7th- July 8th)

Source: Official Website

Ocean Peoples is a free festival for sea lovers. Music, dances, beach fashion goods, many activities and ‘beach food’ will be available all over the weekend. The festival is organized in order to raise awareness about the beauty of the ocean, as the people behind it look for ways to protect it (they organize beach cleanings as well).

Place: Yoyogi Park

Official website (Japanese Only): Oceans People ’18

 Access: 5mn on foot from Yoyogi Koen Station (Chiyoda Line)

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