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Ueno Summer Festival 2018


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  • Ueno Natsu Matsuri

    14 July – 12 August 2018
    Ueno Park (around Shinobazu Pond)

    Ueno Park, with the cluster of museums, is one of the top destinations in Tokyo for overseas visitors. It is most popularly known for cherry blossoms in spring, but perhaps not as much for Ueno Natsu Matsuri.

    Every day during this summer festival, the park will host a series of colourful events, such as antiques market, ice sculpture, floating lanterns, live stage of music and performances.

    ueno natsu matsuri うえの夏まつり

    The festival reaches a climax with a big jubilant parade to be held on Saturday 21 July, with the participation, this year, of spectacular floats from age-old festivals of the Tohoku region in northern Japan.

    Ueno Summer Festival highlights

    Antiques Market

    An open-air antiques market will be held every day around Shinobazu Pond (at its lotus pond on the southeastern side).

    【dates】 14 July – 12 August
    【hours】 10 am – 9 pm

    うえの夏まつり 骨董市

    Ice sculpture

    【time】 17 July (Tue) at 2:30 pm
    【place】 near Suijo Ongakudo (open-air music hall on Shinobazu Pond)

    ueno natsu matsuri うえの夏まつり 氷の彫刻

    Floating lanterns

    【time】 17 July (Tue) at 7 pm
    【place】 Shinobazu Pond

    ueno natsu matsuri うえの夏まつり とうろう流し

    Ueno Summer Festival Parade

    The annual street parade with more than 2,000 people dancing and showcasing festival floats.

    【date】 21 July (Sat)
    【place/ time】
     JR Ueno station: 1 – 3 pm
     Suijo Ongakudo (open-air music hall on Shiinobazu Pond): 3 – 6:30 pm
     Ueno Chuo-dori Street: 5:30 – 8:45 pm

    ueno natsu matsuri うえの夏まつり パレード

    Charity Yatai BAR

    There will be outdoor stalls (“yatai”) to share the proceeds in support of continuing the post-disaster recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

    【dates】 21 July (Sat), 22 July (Sun), 28 July (Sat) and 29 July (Sun)
    【hours】 1 – 6 pm
    【place】 Shinobazu Pond

    Wadaiko (Japanese drums)

    Performance of Japanese drums by Yuki Kono and his performing groups.

    【dates】 22 July (Sun) and 28 July (Sat)
    【time】 twice daily at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
    【place】 Benten-do

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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