The annual Nebuta Festival in the northern Japanese city of Aomori is one of the most iconic and spectacular festivals in the country. A highlight of the Japanese summer and listed as one of our Top #10 Travel Experiences, if you ever have the chance to go, you won't regret the travel time to get there.
Although the continued heat and humidity might tell a different story, summer has come to an end for another year. Yet if you missed the early August festivities in Aomori, there's still a chance to get a taste of what the festival has to offer right here in the country's capital. If you find yourself in Tokyo this weekend, head to the sleepy suburb of Nakanobu for your own glimpse into what makes the nebuta so special.
Held only once every two years, this year's Nakanobu Nebuta Matsuri (Nakanobu Nebuta Festival) will feature six of the actual nebuta floats from the Aomori Festival. From noon, you can enjoy traditional food and drink from the Aomori region along with music and dance performances, while the parade featuring the giant, illuminated floats will begin from 5pm.
Date: Saturday, 15 September 2012
Time: 12pm-8pm (parade from 5pm)
Location: Nakanobu Skip Road
Access: From Shinjuku, take the JR Yamanote Line (inner loop) to Gotanda (14 mins), then change to the Toei Subway Asakusa Line and get off at Nakanobu Station (4 mins).
Official website (sorry, Japanese only)
For more info on the Aomori Nebuta Festival, its origin, infamous floats and why it is one of our favorite Japanese festivals, click here.