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Jun 30 – Jul 2 all-day Aizen-do Temple
The Aizen Festival prepares for the hot summer ahead with a parade of women wearing cool and attractive yukata. The Aizen-Matsuri 「愛染祭り」is Osaka’s first summer festival of the year. This festival is believed to have originated when women wearing yukata(summer kimono) from the entertainment quarter visited the temple on a palanquin called kago. Every year…
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day Shitennou-ji Temple
If you are wondering where to experience Tanabata, Osaka’s Shitenno-ji temple would be a great choice. Every year, the temple grounds are filled with people of all ages attaching their wishes to the large bamboo display, eating summer festival fare – takoyaki, baby castella, fried noodles, shaved ice – and enjoying a drink or two.…
Jul 7 @ 19:00 – 21:00 Tenmabashi area
July 7 is the official day of tanabata festivals, when celebrations of a mythical tale of literal star-crossed lovers take place all over Japan. Orihime and Hikoboshi – the lovers – were separated by the Milky Way but are allowed to reunite on July 7th. The Tenmabashi and Nakanoshima areas of Osaka are commemorating the…
Jul 11 – Jul 12 all-day Ikukunitama shrine
Visitors can enjoy some performance in the shrine and various food stalls around the shrine. Shishimai, a lion dance and Mikoshi, portable shrine procession start in the  evening.  The festival’s main event is a procession of Makura Daiko drum with worshippers wearing red caps. Location : Ikutama Shrine JUL 11 Makura Daiko Musical performance 枕太鼓…
Jul 24 all-day Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Tenmangu is a shinto shrine – founded in 949 – is popular with locals praying for academic success since it is devoted to the deity of learning: “Sugawara no Michizane”. The main celebration is held on the second day, July 25th and includes a land procession with “mikoshi” (portable shrines), a river procession with festival…
Jul 25 @ 19:30 – 21:00 Sakuranomiya Park
Enjoy the sight of 100 ships with bonfires under the fireworks. It’s the festival with the biggest number of spectators in the Kansai area. A number of fireworks : 5,000 The largest diameter of fireworks : 60-m (Size-2.5) Date : 25 JUL Hours : 19:30 to 21:00 Fee : Free Access : JR Sakuranomiya Station…
Jul 30 – Aug 1 all-day Sumiyoshi-Taisya Shrine
The Sumiyoshi Festival is held over three days. A highlight of this festival is the nagoshi-harai-shinji ritual on the middle day. The nagoshi-harai-shinji ritual involves women and children in the Muromachi period (14-16th century) costume going through a large straw ring. You can also join in this ritual to wish for good health. The Mikoshi…
Aug 1 @ 20:00 – 21:00 KOKYU COUNTRY CLUB, Osaka
One of the biggest fireworks festivals in the world with 85,000 fireworks. It is a very unusual festival as it is a religious event of the Church of Perfect Liberty (PL). A number of fireworks : 10,000 The largest diameter of fireworks : 320-m (Size-10) Date : 1 AUG Hours : 20:00 to 21:00 Fee…
Aug 4 @ 19:40 – 20:40 Yodogawa River
A festival held at the Yodogawa river near Osaka station, with 10,000 fireworks and star-mines (a rapid-fire series of fireworks) A number of fireworks : 10,000 The largest diameter of fireworks : 320-m (Size-10) Date : 4 AUG Hours : 19:40 to 20: Fee : Free Location : The riverbed between Shin-midosuji, Yodogawa Tekkyo and…
Aug 18 @ 19:20 – 20:20 On the banks of Inagawa River
A festival held together by Ikeda City, Osaka Pref. and Kawanishi City, Hyogo Pref. A number of fireworks : 4,000 The largest diameter of fireworks : 130-m (Size-4) Date : 18 AUG Hours : 19:20 to 20:20 Fee : Free Access: Ikeda station or Kawanishi Noseguchi station on Hankyu Railway (10mins walk), Kawanishi Ikeda station…
Aug 25 @ 20:00 – 21:00 Kamitsu Ohashi
A festival that can be seen from Itami Airport. You can see exhibition fireworks and also the golden willow fireworks. A number of fireworks : 3,500 The largest diameter of fireworks : 130-m (Size-4) Date : 25 AUG Hours : 20:00 to 21:00 Fee : Free Access: Itami station on JR (10mins walk), Itami station…
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day Kishiwada-city
The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada city in the south of Osaka/ 岸和田だんじり祭り The festival is the biggest and most famous “danjiri matsuri” in Japan. A danjiri is a traditional Japanese wooden float that has elaborate carvings and is decorated with various ornaments. Some of the floats are so large that they are pulled by…