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

Events for August 4-5 weekend

My Ami Festival in the Town of Ami
August 4 and 5
Please see: My Ami Festival 2007

筑波山ガマまつり (Mt. Tsukuba Gama (Toad) Festival)
August 5
Festival information in Japanese
Famous ガマの油売り口上(toad oil selling performance) at the Tsukubasan Shrine from 10AM, at the top of Mt. Tsukuba from 11AM, and at Monzen Street (street between that big orange shrine gate, or torii and shrine entrance) from 10AM to 5PM. Kocarina concert from 5PM. The 随神門, zui shin mon(gate) will be lit up by candles from 7PM to 9PM(IMAGE), and the 雅楽(gagaku) or ancient Japanese music and dance performances from 7PM.

土浦キララまつり (Tsuchiura Kirara Festival) in Tsuchiura City
August 4 and 5, from 1PM to 9:30PM
Download the festival flyer here
This is a big event just like our very own Matsuri Tsukuba later this month, and quite a lot of events will take place. One thing they got and we don’t is the harbor, and you can get on the excursion boats, White Iris and Jet Wheel Tsukuba for free during the festival!
There are many pay parking lots, but there are only 3 free parking lots and the spaces are VERY limited. The easiest way to go there is either by bus or train. The street in front of the JR Tsuchiura Station will be closed to vehicles during the festival.

下館灯ろう*流し(Shimodate Tourou Nagashi) in Chikusei City
August 4
Festival information from the city’s tourist association website
*Please see: “Toro Nagashi” on wikipedia

水戸黄門まつり(Mito Koumon Festival) in Mito City
August 3, 4 and 5
Festival information in English and in Japanese

潮来祇園祭禮(Itako Gion-sairei/ Itako Gion Festival) in Itako City
Festival information in Japanese

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


  • Shaney says:

    I just read in “Plaza” magazine that there will be two Flamenco performances (2pm and 4pm) by the group “Rosa Roja” at Dayz Town on Sunday, August 5.

  • tom says:

    There is also a Salsa dance party by “Salsa en Tsukuba”
    at the El Torito Mexican Restaurant on Higashi O Dori.
    It starts at 21:00 on Saturday night.

  • celia says:

    Please feel free to join our free yoga class at Doho Park this Sunday 12th August. The class will meet at 6.30am on the grassy flat lawn near the lake. If it rains half an hour prior to the event we will cancel. Lets hope for good weather. Please bring yoga mat or picnic rug.
    I hope to meet you there :-) Celia.
    Please email tsukubacommunityyogagroup@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

  • Inna says:

    Hello! I need your help! May be someone knows, if there are some flamenco classes in Tsukuba? I danced for 1 year in Russia, and would like to continue here! Thanks a lot!!!