Events and Festivals in Akita, Japan

Events and Festivals in Akita


  • Komachi Festival: Celebrates the coming of summer with dancing, drumming and competitions.


  • Port Festival: The neighbourhoods of the city each contribute a float decorated with giant figurines to the parade, for a total of about 20.


  • Kanto Festival: August 4th through the 7th; This harvest festival, the main one of the city, sees 200 lanterns set adrift into the sky to the sound of drums and flutes. This is the one to add to your vacation travel itinerary.
  • All Japan Fireworks Festival: 4th Saturday; millions come to see this magnificent fireworks display.


  • Sakunodate Traditional Festival: Massive hikiyama floats are dragged around town, and then are brought to crash against each other to win the right of way on a particular street.

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