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Tanabata Festivals


Tanabata is known as the Japanese Star Festival, and many cities around Japan hold this festival in early July or August.  It's a tradition to write wishes on tanzaku papers and hang them on bamboo branches which are also decorated with colorful paper crafts. Here is a list of well-known festivals around Japan.

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri

It's the most popular Tanabata festival in Japan. The decorations are made with Japanese washi papers.
Location: Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture
Access: JR Sendai Station
Dates: August 6-8, 2011

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

The city of Hiratsuka is filled with Tanabata displays. It's one of the three most popular tanabata in Japan.
Location: Hiratsuka-city, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: JR Hiratsuka Station
Dates: July 8-10, 2011

Shimizu Tanabata Matsuri

Location: Shimizu-ku Shizuoka-city, Shizuoka
Access: JR Shimizu Station
Dates: July 7-10, 2011

Maebashi Tanabata Festival

Location: Maebashi-city, Gunma Prefecture
Access: 10 minute walk from JR Maebashi Station
Dates: July 7-10, 2011

Anjo Tanabata Matsuri

Location: Anjo-city, Aichi Prefecture
Access: JR Tokaido Line Anjo Station
Dates: August 5-7, 2011

Ichinomiya Tanabata Festival

Location: Ichiyomiya-city, Aichi Prefecture
Access: 2 minute walk from JR Owari Ichinomiya Station
Dates: July 28-31, 2011

Irumagawa Tanabata Matsuri

Location: Irumagawa Sayama-city, Saitama Prefecture
Access: Seibu Shinjuku Line Sayama-shi Station
Dates: August 6-7, 2011

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