10 Best Events in Japan in August 2024

List of Seasonal Events in Japan in August 2024

August in Japan is a summer month and also the beginning of summer vacation for most schools in Japan where many summer festivals are held in different parts of Japan. This article contains events and major celebrations of summer festivals throughout Japan. The details such as places, dates, and other information about the event.

August is a good time to visit Japan when many cultural and traditional festivals and other events occur. And this summer season is more exciting and fun for many local and foreign tourists even though the weather is quite hot and humid many big lively festivals and summer-related events can be witnessed during this time. Unique events and attractions are well prepared apart from the annual celebrations where Japan is known for having historical events that many tourists admire and enjoy.

Here, you can read about various summer events throughout Japan. As I mentioned above, August is the summer season known for festivals, fireworks, barbecues, music, camping, beach, etc. to beat the heat and enjoy more summer in Japan.

Many tourist spots and events are held across Japan and if you are planning to visit Japan this summer, this article provides information that will help you find the best events in August 2024. Here is our list of events and festivals held in Japan in August 2024.

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1. Beer Gardens

Beer Gardens are well-known summer events in Japan and knowing Japan for having delicious beers. Many hotels, parks, restaurants, and other facilities in Japan offer this kind of celebration as a part of summer events. And here are some events that hold beer gardens.

Genre: CHEERS! American Beer Party
Location: Art Grace Wedding Coast (Osaka)
Dates: June 28 to September 14, 2024
Website: https://www.bestbridal.co.jp/guestparty/event/artgrace_osaka/2024event-24/

Genre: Hilton Tokyo Beer Garden
Location: Hilton Hotel (Tokyo)
Dates: May 9 to September 30, 2024
Website: https://tokyo.hiltonjapan.co.jp/plans/restaurants/dinner/beer-garden-en

Genre: Grand Hyatt Tokyo American BBQ and Beer Garden
Location: The Oak Door Terrace (Tokyo)
Dates: June 1 to September 30, 2024
Website: https://www.tokyo.grand.hyatt.co.jp/restaurants/recommended/oak-door-beer-garden/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶︎Best Beer Gardens in Tokyo 2024

2. Fireworks Festivals

The Fireworks Festival, or Hanabi Matsuri in Japanese, is the most popular celebration in Japan during summer since ancient times. Where there are almost more than 20,000 fireworks with different colors and shapes being displayed. And there are some popular fireworks festivals held in Japan such as the following events below.

Genre: Aomori Fireworks Festival
Location: Aomori Port (Aomori)
Dates: August 2 to 7, 2024
Website: http://www.nebuta.jp/

Genre: Akagawa Fireworks Festival
Location: Akagawa River bank (Yamagata)
Dates: August 17, 2024
Website: https://akagawahanabi.com/

Genre: Fuji Five Lakes Fireworks Festival
Location: Fuji Five Lakes (Yamanashi)
Dates: August 1 to 5, 2024
Website: https://www.mt-fuji.gr.jp/festivals/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶︎Best Fireworks in Japan 2024 Summer

3. Summer Festivals

The Summer Festival (Natsu Matsuri) in Japanese is a cultural and traditional summer celebration in Japan where different types of festivals occur in many regions across Japan. And every festival has a different meaning apart from celebrating summer. Some events last for several days and include other ways of celebrating such as dancing, wearing traditional Japanese costumes, and colorful parades. Here are some popular summer festivals held in August.

Genre: Akita Kanto Festival
Location: Kanto Odori (Akita)
Dates: August 3 to 6, 2024
Website: https://www.kantou.gr.jp/

Genre: Hanagasa Festival, Yamagata
Location: Yamagata City (Yamagata)
Dates: August 5 to 7, 2024
Website: https://www.hanagasa.jp/

Genre: Yosakoi Festival
Location: Kochi City (Kochi)
Dates: August 9 to 12, 2024
Website: http://www.cciweb.or.jp/kochi/yosakoiweb/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶︎Japan’s 5 Biggest Festivals in August

4. Music Festivals

The Music Festival is a part of the summer celebration in Japan. It is an event that features performances by various musicians, singers, and groups from Japan and abroad. And many outdoor music festivals are held during summer in Japan. Here are some famous music events held in different parts of Japan.

Genre: Rock in Japan Festival
Location: Soga Sports Park (Chiba)
Dates: August 3 and 4 / August 10 to 12, 2024
Website: https://rijfes.jp/

Genre: Summer Sonic
Location: ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe
Dates: August 17 to 18, 2024 (Chiba/Osaka)
Website: https://www.summersonic.com/

Genre: Rising Sun Rock Festival 2024
Location: Tarukawa Wharf of Ishikari Bay New Port, Ishikari City
Dates: August 16 and 17, 2024
Website: https://rsr.wess.co.jp/2024/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶︎Best Music Festivals in Japan 2024

5. Naked Exhibitions

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The Naked Exhibitions is a new digital art exhibition that features various events using modern technology, colorful lighting, displays, and art to boost at make it realistic. And this summer season, there are many summer-related naked exhibitions in Japan that are held like the events below.

Genre: Naked Fireworks Aquarium 2023
Location: Maxell Aquapark Shinagawa (Tokyo)
Dates: July 1 to October 22, 2023 (TBA)
Website: https://naked.co.jp/en/works/18853/

Genre: NAKED Summer Festival 2024: World Heritage Site Nijo Castle
Location: Nijo Castle (Kyoto)
Dates: July 26 to August 25, 2024
Website: https://naked.co.jp/en/works/22213

Genre: TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA (Summer landscape 2024)
Location: Tokyo Tower
Dates: May 13 to September 1, 2024
Website: https://naked.co.jp/en/works/22144

6. Summer at Tokyo Disney Resort 2024

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It’s a summer event in Tokyo Disney Resort which is part of the summer and the 40th-anniversary celebration that contains a new entertaining program with exciting and adventurous events to make the summer more fun.

Genre: Summer Event
Location: Tokyo Disney Resort
Dates: July 2 to September 18, 2024
Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/summer2024/

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7. Huis Ten Bosch Summer Festival 2024

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The light and canal summer festival held in Huis Ten Bosch features lanterns floating in the sky at night which there is a meaningful symbol in the culture of Japanese representing spiritual enlightenment. There are also traditional events included such as live performances, fireworks, and projection mapping.

Genre: Summer Event
Location: Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki
Dates: July 5 to September 8, 2024
Website: https://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/summer/

8. NO LIMIT! Summer 2024

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The No Limit! Summer is an event held in Universal Studio Japan in Osaka, as a part of the celebration of summer in Japan. Having adventure and fun attractions related to summer where kids and the whole family can enjoy the season and the hot weather. You can purchase your ticket online by just clicking the link below ↓↓↓ .

Genre: Summer Event
Location: Universal Studio Japan (Osaka)
Dates: July 3 to September 1, 2024
Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us/events/no-limit-summer-2024

▶ Get your Universal Studio Japan Ticket here!

9. TeamLab Forest Fukuoka

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The Teamlab Forest Fukuoka is a digital art exhibition and a new permanent museum where you can enjoy animals and forests for colorful light and immersive experiences. Also, a great place to bring kids to enjoy the summer vacation.

Genre: Digital Art Museum
Location: BOSS E. ZO (Fukuoka)
Dates: July 21, 2020 – Permanent
Website: https://www.teamlab.art/e/forest/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

▶︎TeamLab Forest Fukuoka

10. World Cosplay Summit 2024

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The World Cosplay Summit 2024 is the largest cosplay event held in Nagoya, Japan. It is an extraordinary celebration of Japanese pop culture such as anime, manga, and games. Featuring international creativity and cultural exchange, cosplayers worldwide will come together to show their costumes and performances.

Genre: Cosplay Festival
Location: Sakae, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (Oasis 21 / Aichi Arts Center (Grand Hall) / Hisaya-Odori                            Park / Hisaya-odori Garden Flarie /Osu Shopping Street)
Dates: August 2 to 4, 2024
Website: https://worldcosplaysummit.jp/en/

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