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Japanese Festivals And Events Canceled Due To COVID-19 In 2020

Japanese Festivals And Events Canceled Due To COVID-19 In 2020

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by Mayu

2020.05.09 Bookmark

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many festivals and fireworks displays are called off or postponed in Japan. Read to learn more about canceled, postponed, and rescheduled events in 2020.

Festivals and Fireworks Displays Canceled in 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed, and other events, including traditional Japanese festivals to fireworks displays, to be canceled or postponed amid the global outbreaks.

The following list of festivities were originally scheduled for 2020 that have been canceled or changed in some way.

Japanese Festivals and Traditional Events in 2020

Japanese Festivals Canceled Due To COVID-19 In 2020

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As of early May 2020, most festivals that were originally scheduled from May to August have been canceled.

Festival, Area Original Schedule Canceled/Postponed Status
Sanja Matsuri, Tokyo Mid-May Postponed to October 16 to 18
Aoi Matsuri, Kyoto May 15 Canceled
Gion Festival, Kyoto From July 1 to 31 Canceled
Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, Fukuoka From July 1 to 15 Canceled
Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka From July 24 to 25 Canceled (Religious services will be conducted)
Nebuta Festival, Aomori From August 2 to 7 Canceled
Kanto Festival, Akita From August 3 to 6 Canceled
Sendai Tanabata Festival, Miyagi From August 6 to 8 Canceled
Yosakoi Festival, Kochi From August 9 to 12 Canceled
Awa Odori, Tokushima From August 12 to 15 Canceled
Nagasaki Kunchi, Nagasaki From October 7 to 9 Canceled
Takayama Fall Festival, Gifu From October 9 to 10 To be determined
Chichibu Night Festival, Saitama From December 1 to 6 To be determined

Postponed events are subject to cancellation or may be moved to an alternative date. Be sure to check the official sites of the festivals for the most up-to-date schedule.

Japanese Fireworks Displays in 2020

Japanese Festivals Canceled Due To COVID-19 In 2020

Nagahama Kita-Biwako Great Fireworks Festival. Photo by Pixta

Fireworks displays are an annual summer tradition typically held in July and August. However, many fireworks events have been canceled in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

Festival, Area Original Schedule Canceled/Postponed Status
Edogawa Fireworks Festival, Tokyo Early May Postponed: October 24
Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Tokyo End of July Canceled
Katsushika Fireworks Festival, Tokyo End of July Postponed to October 10
Adachi Fireworks Festival, Tokyo End of July Canceled
Tenjin Matsuri Fireworks Festival, Osaka End of July Canceled
Kumagaya Fireworks Festival, Saitama Early August Canceled
Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival, Osaka Early August Canceled
Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, Niigata Early August Canceled
Nagahama Kita-Biwako Great Fireworks Festival, Shiga Early August Postponed to September 18
Minato Kobe Marine Fireworks Festival, Hyogo Early August Postponed to October 31
Kisarazu Port Fireworks Festival, Chiba August 15 Canceled
Miyazu Toro Nagashi Fireworks Festival, Kyoto Mid-August Canceled
All Japan Fireworks Competition, Akita Last Saturday of August To be determined
Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition, Ibaraki November 7 To be determined

Although it's unfortunate that summer attractions from festivals to fireworks are being canceled, Ready For Japan!—a special ongoing series by MATCHA—offers fun and helpful information about Japanese sightseeing spots and culture to enjoy in the meantime.

When planning your next trip to Japan, please check MATCHA for reference on your future travels.

Main image by Pixta

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