10 Best Events in Japan in August 2023

List of Seasonal Events in Japan in August 2023

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 2023. Here is our list of events and festivals held in Japan in August 2023.

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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: Mediterranean Gourmet & Mysterious Beer Garden
Location: Art Grace Wedding Coast (Osaka)
Dates: July 1 to August 27, 2023
Website: https://www.bestbridal.co.jp/guestparty/oosaka/artgrace_osaka/2023_summer_event/

Genre: Hilton Tokyo Beer Garden
Location: Hilton Hotel (Tokyo)
Dates: April 28 to September 30, 2023
Website: https://tokyo.hiltonjapan.co.jp/plans/restaurants/dinner/beer-garden-en

Genre: Grand Hyatt Tokyo BBQ Beer Garden
Location: The Oak Door Terrace (Tokyo)
Dates: June 1 to August 31, 2023
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!

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, 2023
Website: http://www.nebuta.jp/

Genre: Akagawa Fireworks Festival
Location: Akagawa River bank (Yamagata)
Dates: August 19, 2023
Website: https://akagawahanabi.com/

Genre: Fuji Five Lakes Fireworks Festival
Location: Fuji Five Lakes (Yamanashi)
Dates: August 1 to 5, 2023
Website: https://www.mt-fuji.gr.jp/festivals/

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

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, 2023
Website: https://www.kantou.gr.jp/

Genre: Hanagasa Festival, Yamagata
Location: Yamagata City (Yamagata)
Dates: August 5 to 7, 2023
Website: https://www.hanagasa.jp/

Genre: Yosakoi Festival
Location: Kochi City (Kochi)
Dates: August 9 to 12, 2023
Website: http://www.cciweb.or.jp/kochi/yosakoiweb/

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

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 6 to 13, 2023
Website: https://rijfes.jp/

Genre: Summer Sonic
Location: ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe
Dates: August 19 to 20, 2023 (Chiba)
Website: https://www.summersonic.com/

Genre: Music Circus
Location: Osaka Sennan Long Park (Osaka)
Dates: August 11 to 13, 2023
Website: https://music-circus.jp/

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

5. Naked Exhibitions

Naked Nagoya MIRAI TOWER
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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
Website: https://naked.co.jp/en/works/18853/

Genre: NAKED Summer Festival 2023: World Heritage Site Nijo Castle
Location: Nijo Castle (Kyoto)
Dates: July 21 to August 20, 2023
Website: https://naked.co.jp/en/works/18760/

Genre: NAKED Summer Festival 2023 MIRAI TOWER
Location: Nagoya Chubu Electric Power Mirai Tower observatory (Nagoya)
Dates: July 1 to August 31, 2023
Website: https://naked.co.jp/works/works/order/nagoya-tv-tower/

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

6. Hotel New Otani Pools

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A summer pool event is offered at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Makuhari, and Osaka to enjoy summer, even without the beaches, and a good escape from the hot weather. You can enjoy your staycation with the pools.

Genre: Summer Pool Event
Location: Hotel New Otani Tokyo/Osaka/Makuhari
Dates: July 14 to September 3, 2023
Website: https://www.newotani.co.jp/en/group/pools/tokyo/

7. Minion Summer House

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As part of the summer event, a beach house featuring the world-famous character “Minions” will open for a limited time at two of Japan’s famous beaches. Aside from Minions-themed food and drinks, they also have original goods that you can purchase as a souvenir.

Genre: Summer Event
Location: Enoshima Katase Nishihama Beach ROINS/Fukuoka Momochihama Beach Big Banana
Dates: July 1 to September 3, 2023
Website: https://roins-minion.com/

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

8. NO LIMIT! Summer

NO LIMIT! Summer
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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 5 to August 24, 2023
Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/ja/jp/events/no-limit-summer-2023

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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!

10. 2023 Pokémon WCS 2023

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The Pokemon World Championship is a famous tournament event that will be held this year for the first time in Japan in Yokohama. Here you can enjoy various parades and other activities with Pokemon. You can also watch the championship in its public viewing. Another great event in the summer that should not be missed.

Genre: Tournament Event
Location: Yokohama Minatomirai (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Dates: August 8 to 14, 2023
Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/wcs_event/2023/ja/

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