A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Gion Matsuri Season is here!

As you know, Kyoto is known for its rich history, valuable architecture, geishas and deers…, and the Gion Festival (ref. wikipedia)! Did you know that we have our own Gion Festivals(or 祇園祭) in Ibaraki? The closest one from Tsukuba is the one in Tsuchiura that started today. In fact, you need to be careful when you head to Tsuchiura this weekend because some streets, including a part of route 354 will be closed down during this festival.

土浦祇園祭(Tsuchiura Gion Festival)
July 20, 21, and 22
Tsuchiura City’s website
According to the Japan Tourism Association’s website, about a hundred thousand people visit this festival every year.
Floats of Tsuchiura and Ishioka

伊佐部の祇園際 (Isabu Gion Festival) in Inashiki City
July 22
festival info from the city website

八坂神社祇園祭(柿岡) (Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival) in the Kakioka area of Ishioka City
July 22
festival info from the city website

真壁祇園祭(Makebe Gion Festival)
July 23, 24, 25, and 26
Please visit the Makabe Chamber of Commerce website for event schedules

石下祇園まつり (Ishige Gion Festival)
July 22 and 23
Joso City website

江戸崎祇園祭(Edosaki Gion Festival)
July 20, 21, and 22
Edosaki Gion Festival website
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小川の祇園祭(Ogawa Gion Festival), in Omitama City
Omitama City website
July 20, 21 and 23

下館祇園まつり (Shimodate Gion Festival)
July 26, 27, 28, and 29
see the details here: Chikusei City website
see other images here: Kids Web Japan

(Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival) in Ryuugasaki City
July 25, 26, and 27
Gion Festival page from the Japan Tourism Association site
Yasaka Shrine from the Ruugasaki Tourist Association website
撞舞(Tsukumai)* on July 27
* Tsukumai is considered one of 3 “奇祭,” kisai or “strange festivals” in Kanto Region.

守谷祇園祭(Moriya Gion Festival)
July 28
Festival images from the Yasaka Shrine website

水海道祇園祭 (Mitsukaido Gion Festival)
July 21 and 22*
* Originally scheduled to be held last weekend, but was
postponed to this coming weekend due to the severe weather. *
Festival website

甲神社夏祭り・祇園祭(Kabuto Shrine Summer Festival and Gion Festival)
July 28 and 29
Gion Festival page from the Hitachi Oomiya Tourist Association website

山田祇園祭 (Yamada Gion Festival) in Namegata City
July 29 and 30
Gion Festival page from the city website

柴崎祇園際 (shibasaki Gion Festival) in the Town of Shintone
July 27, 28 and 29

潮来祇園祭禮 (Itako Gion Festival)
August 4, 5 and 6
festival info from the city website

笠間八坂神社 祇園まつり (Kasama Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival)
August 4, 5 and 6
festival info from the city’s tourist association website

八坂神社 祇園祭り (Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival) in Toride City
August 1, 2 and 3
festival info from Toride Syuku website