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Some of the most incredible festivals are held annually in Japan's Tohoku region in northern Honshu Island

The Japanese sure know how to do great festivals. Here are photos from the 2015 festivals in the Tohoku Region on northern Honshu Island. Included are 1) the Kanto Matsuri festival in Akita, 2) the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, 3) the Neputa Festival in Hirosaki, 4) and the Tachineputa Matsuri festival in Goshogawara. Which one is the best? They are al totally incredible, though I did like the Kanto Matsuri in Akita most!


The Tohoku region in the north of Japan’s Honshu Island is known for their colour festivals (matsuri) in late summer. Held in the beginning of August every year and stretching over 4 to 7 days, here are the best festivals – in order of my personal liking:

  1. Akita Kanto Festival
  2. Tachineputa Festival, Goshogawara
  3. Aomori Nebuta Festival, Aomori
  4. Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki

These I have not attended:

  1. Morioka Sansa Odori Festival
  2. Yamagata Hanagasa Festival
  3. Sendai Tanabata Festival
  4. Fukushima Waraji Festival
Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan

Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan

Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan


Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan

Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan

Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan


Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan

Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan


Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan

Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan


Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan

Tachineputa Matsuri festival, Goshogawara, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Aomori Nebuta Festival, Aomori, Tohoku Region, Japan

Aomori Nebuta Festival, Aomori, Tohoku Region, Japan


Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan

Kanto Matsuri, Akita, Tohoku Region, Japan


Aomori Nebuta Festival, Aomori, Tohoku Region, Japan

Aomori Nebuta Festival, Aomori, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan

Hirosaki Neputa Festival, Hirosaki, Tohoku Region, Japan


This article appears in the July 2016 issue of Globerovers Magazine.

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Globerovers Magazine Issue 7 Jul 2016

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