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Japanese Summer

In summer in Japan, the sun warmly illuminates every inch of the land. In the blue, gem-like sky, a few soft white clouds float gently, like delicate embellishments. The streets are lined with green trees, their branches and leaves swaying gently in the breeze, bringing a hint of coolness.
At night, the lights of the summer festival flicker brightly, and people dressed in colorful yukatas shuttle through the bustling market, their laughter and shouts intertwining. The sound of traditional taiko drums echoes through the sky, accompanied by lively dances, showcasing a unique cultural charm.
By the seaside, the waves continuously crash against the beach, creating layers of white foam. People enjoy the coolness and comfort of the sea water, while surfers ride the waves, displaying bravery and vitality. The distant horizon where the sea meets the sky evokes a sense of boundless vastness, making people yearn for it.

Eight Famous Bathing Beaches

  • Odaiba Seaside Park
    Odaiba Seaside Park
    Wed, May 15
    Minato
    Minato, 〒135-0091 1-4 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo,Japan
    Minato, 〒135-0091 1-4 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo,Japan
    Odaiba Seaside Park offers the best views of the Tokyo Rainbow Bridge, which connects Tokyo to the artificial island. There are the Metropolitan Expressway, the Yurikamome and the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. The night view here is particularly beautiful, and the bridge illuminated by lights is Tokyo's premier landmark. Don’t forget to ride the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, which is 115 meters high. Here you can enjoy the best view of Odaiba and Tokyo Bay.
  • Kasai Rinkai Park
    Kasai Rinkai Park
    Wed, May 15
    Edogawa
    Edogawa, 〒134-0086 6-2-2 Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Edogawa, 〒134-0086 6-2-2 Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Kasai Rinkai Park is located between Tokyo Disney Resort and Edogawa River and is the largest park in the city center. The park covers an area of approximately 780,000 square kilometers and includes an aquarium, green square, bird garden and other facilities suitable for families, children or groups. It is recommended to take the "Park Train" to maximize your enjoyment of this park. The train departs from a scenic location in the park and takes visitors around the park's popular facilities, with a total journey of 25 minutes. If you haven’t had enough fun, you can also take a ride on the 117-meter-high Ferris wheel. From the highest point of the Ferris wheel, you can see Tokyo Disneyland in Chiba Prefecture. If the weather is good, you can also see Mount Fuji.
  • Kamogawa Sea World
    Kamogawa Sea World
    Wed, May 15
    Kamogawa
    Kamogawa, 〒296-0041, Higashicho, Kamogawa, Chiba ,Japan
    Kamogawa, 〒296-0041, Higashicho, Kamogawa, Chiba ,Japan
    Kamogawa Sea World is a super large aquarium built along the coast covering an area of 10,000 square meters. Among them, the performances of a variety of super popular marine creatures are the most popular. Here you can watch the shocking killer whale show, the tacit and agile dolphin show, and the sea lion show that is as smart as humans, etc. In the "Tropical Island" and "Natural Water World", you will feel as if you are in nature and have close contact with the fish. Here, various events are held as the seasons change, making it a wonderful aquarium.
  • Okinoshima Park
    Okinoshima Park
    Wed, May 15
    Tateyama
    Tateyama, 〒294-0035, 1563 Tateyama, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture,Japan
    Tateyama, 〒294-0035, 1563 Tateyama, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture,Japan
    Okinoshima is an uninhabited island with unspoiled nature. The turquoise sea that flanks the sandy beach leading to the island has one of the best water qualities in the country, and its beauty is sure to take your breath away. The island has beautiful rock walls and exposed geological formations, reefs with native coral, rocks that form tide pools, and beautiful concentrations of shells, making it the perfect place for shore play and diving.
  • Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
    Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
    Wed, May 15
    Yokohama
    Yokohama, 〒236-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, Kanazawa Ward, Hakkeijima,Japan
    Yokohama, 〒236-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, Kanazawa Ward, Hakkeijima,Japan
    This island ocean theme park has Japan's largest aquarium and thrilling rides. Yokohama Hakkeijima Island Park is an island-type ocean leisure and entertainment facility. It is famous for its aquarium and ocean park, which perfectly integrates education and entertainment. In addition, There are also unique and exciting projects here.
  • Kamakura Beach
    Kamakura Beach
    Wed, May 15
    Kamakura
    Kamakura, 〒248-0014 4-5-1 Yuigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa ,Japan
    Kamakura, 〒248-0014 4-5-1 Yuigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa ,Japan
    The beach resort most frequently visited by Tokyo residents in the hot summer is Kamakura, which can be reached in an hour by train along the coastline. The swimming season of Sanza Beach is only two short months in summer, but Kamakura also shows different charms in other seasons. There’s more to Kamakura than swimming and sunbathing. You can surf, paddleboard, wakeboard, flyboard, sea kayak and more.
  • Atami Water Park
    Atami Water Park
    Wed, May 15
    Atami City
    Atami City, 〒413-0014 10 Nagisa-cho, Atami-shi, Shizuoka,Japan
    Atami City, 〒413-0014 10 Nagisa-cho, Atami-shi, Shizuoka,Japan
    Waterfront Park is a coastal park with Atami Port as its center. The breeze blows and you can overlook Atami Castle in the distance. Atami Water Park is a free bathing beach. Visitors can swim in the water for free without paying. There are shower facilities next to it, but you need to bring your own toiletries. Atami Castle is not far from here, and you can overlook it from a distance. Atami Castle.
  • Izu Island
    Izu Island
    Wed, May 15
    Ito City
    Ito City, 〒 413-0231 841-1 Tomi, Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture,Japan
    Ito City, 〒 413-0231 841-1 Tomi, Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture,Japan
    The Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka is famous for its beaches, hot springs and water sports. It is also home to well-known and popular beaches such as Atami, Ito and Shimoda. Smaller towns like Minami-Izu and Nishi-Izu are also becoming more popular. Mount Fuji can be seen to the northwest of the Izu Peninsula, which is also part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The mountains and plateaus of the Izu Peninsula attract many hikers and nature lovers, and you can enjoy dishes made with ingredients such as wild boar and mountain vegetables. The Izu Peninsula is also an important center for Japan's international relations: the first U.S. Consul General in Japan negotiated a trade agreement here, ending Japan's long-term isolation.

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Katsushika Cool Fireworks Festival

The 58th Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2024. This year, approximately 15,000 fireworks will light up the summer night sky of Katsushika!

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Time: 7:20 PM to 8:20 PM

Location: Shibamata Baseball Field, Katsushika Ward (Edogawa Riverside)

Organizer: Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival Executive Committee (Katsushika Ward, Katsushika Ward Tourism Association)

The Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival features fireworks launched very close to the audience, allowing you to feel the sounds and enjoy an immersive and powerful display. Last year's event (2023) saw about 770,000 attendees, making it one of Tokyo's largest fireworks festivals.
 

*Cancelled in case of stormy weather.

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Bon Festival

The timing of Obon varies by region. Across most of Japan, it is celebrated from August 13 to 16. In Hokkaido, Niigata, Nagano, southern Kanto, and Kansai areas, this period is designated as Obon. In Tokyo, Yokohama, and the Tohoku region, Obon is celebrated a month earlier, from July 13 to 16. In northern Kanto, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, and the Nansei Islands, Obon is based on the lunar calendar, with the central day being the 15th of the 7th lunar month, so the dates vary annually according to the solar calendar.

During Obon, people visit graves to pay respects to their ancestors, and in some places, they perform traditional "Bon Odori" dances. Additionally, many companies designate August 14 and 15 as holidays, giving employees 3 to 5 days off around this period. In 2024, Obon in Japan will be from August 10 to August 18.

In some areas, people light "welcome fires" at their doorsteps to greet the spirits of their ancestors and "farewell fires" to send them off. Some regions also release lanterns into rivers. Additionally, in some areas, people decorate eggplants and cucumbers with biodegradable chopsticks or matches to resemble cows or horses, providing rides for their ancestors' spirits to travel to and from the spirit world. In many regions, regardless of age or gender, people gather at temples and shrines, wear yukata (light cotton kimono), and dance the Bon Odori together.

 

The 12th Nakano Station Front Bon Odori Festival is coming up.

Date: August 3rd (Saturday) to 4th (Sunday), 2024, 10:00 to 21:00

Location: Nakano Central Park, Park Avenue

Organizer: Nakano Station Front Bon Odori Festival Executive Committee

Co-organizer: Nakano Ward Minyo Federation

Celebrating its 12th year, the theme of the Nakano Station Front Bon Odori Festival is "Live Songs and Dances of Nakano." The event features live performances by the Nakano Ward Minyo Federation, showcasing local tunes like the "Nakano Ondo" and various traditional bon dance songs from across Japan, including the "Tokyo Ondo," "Tanko Bushi," "Dodarebachi," and "Kagoshima Ohara."

Last year's event saw approximately 60,000 attendees and featured guest appearances by DJ KOO, DJ Celly a.k.a. Bon Jovi, and others, receiving coverage from numerous television and media outlets.

This year, we'll once again blend bon dancing with a festival atmosphere to present the most spectacular Bon Odori yet!

In some regions, families light "welcoming fires" at their doorsteps to invite ancestral spirits and "farewell fires" to bid them farewell. Some areas also float lanterns on rivers. Additionally, in some places, eggplants and cucumbers are decorated with biodegradable chopsticks or matches to resemble cows or horses, providing transportation for ancestors traveling between the spirit world and ours. In many areas, people of all ages and genders gather at temples and shrines, dressed in yukata, to dance the Bon Odori together.

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Tokyo Bay Summer Night Cruise

Departing from Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal,the cruise circles around the highlights of Tokyo Bay.Onboard,you can enjoy the night view,savor delicious food,and experience unique onboard events and performances specific to the Tokyo Bay Summer Night Cruise.The cruise lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.Whether with family,lovers,or friends,it will surely be a wonderful summer memory.We look forward to your participation.

Operation Period:From Friday,July 5 to Monday,September 23.Departure at 19:15(boarding starts from 18:50),return at 21:00

Fare:Adults 2000 yen,Children 500 yen(drinks and food charged separately)

Step 1:Reservation

The cruise operates on a reservation-only basis.Please make your reservation in advance.

-Reservations for boarding only can be made from the same day of the previous month.

-Reservation methods include online reservations and phone reservations.Online reservation customers do not need to go to the window on the day;they can go directly to the boarding gate with the ticket issued at the convenience store.

Designated Seat Plan(Restaurant Plan,Western Room Plan,Japanese Room Plan)

-Reservations for designated seat plans can be made from the same day of the previous month until two days before the boarding date.

-Reservation method is by phone only.

-You will be given a reservation number when making the reservation.Please write it down as it is required to receive the boarding pass at the window on the day.

Step 2:Receiving the Boarding Pass

For Online Reservations

After making an online reservation,please pay and receive your boarding pass at a convenience store.

-Each passenger must receive one boarding pass at the convenience store.Please make sure to bring the correct number of boarding passes on the day of boarding.

-If the payment is not completed at the convenience store within 72 hours of the online reservation,the reservation will be automatically canceled.

-If you forget to bring the convenience store ticket,you will need to repurchase it.

For Phone Reservations

Please receive your boarding pass at the window of Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal between 17:00 and 19:00 on the day of boarding.

-A reservation number is required to receive the boarding pass.

-If you are using the yukata discount,please inform the staff.

-The window will be crowded,so for group boarding,please have a representative purchase the boarding passes together.

Step 3:Boarding

Boarding starts around 18:50

Please bring your boarding pass and proceed to the boarding gate of the Summer Night Cruise at Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal.

-Note that food and drinks are not allowed to be brought onboard.

-After boarding,you can enjoy the onboard food and drink services before departure.

19:15 Departure

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