8/1 and 8/15. After sunset. Himuro shrine ice lanterns. Near Kintetsu Nara station. Shaved ice will be be sold in the shrine office. Kookentou (ice lantern) will be on display at night.. Also on the 15th this month.
8/1. 11AM. Saitobi divers. Monks jump off of a pole from a Lake Biwa cliffside. Near Omi Hachiman station in Shiga prefecture. Isakiji temple.
7/30-8/1. Sumiyoshi Matsuri. Sumiyoshi Shrine in Osaka.
8/3-5. Odorunya Yosakoi Festival. Near Wakayam station.
8/3-5. Ikuta Summer Sea Festival. Ikuta Shrine. Near Sannomiya station.
8/3-5. Manto Festival. Lanterns decorate the shrine at Taga Shrine. Near Tagataisha-mae station.
8/5-8/14. Nara Tokae. A huge outdoor lantern event in Nara Park. Organizers are often in search of volunteers to help with this event.
Kyo no Tanabata 8/4-16
- 8/4-13. 梅小路 park ligh up.
- 8/5-6. 7-9:30p. Kamogawa river light art.
- 8/5-11. 7-9:30p. Horikawa, canal side lights and art.
- 8/5-16. Until 9pm. Kitano Tenmangu. Shrine light up. The garden is especially nice
- 8/11-13. 7p-9p. Okazaki Park and Heian Shrine light up, food fair and music offerings.
8/7. 7a-9:30a. Cleaning of the great Buddha Statue at Todaiji temple in Nara.
8/4-6. World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya. Parade. Near Osu Kanon on the first day. Around Sakae station and Oasis 21 on the second day.
8/8. Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Show. 7:30-8:30p.
8/10-11. Hozenji Yokocho. Near Namba station. Festival starts with the cracking of a sake barreel. There are bunrakku puppets. Jazz music.
8/12-13. Kobe Port Festival at the Sumiyoshi Park grounds. Near Sumiyoshi station (Hyogo Prefecture).
8/19-20. Kobe Seaside bon odori. Near Motomachi Station.
8/19-20. Osaka Tenmangu Awa odori dancers.
8/15. 7p-10p. Mantoukuyou-e. 2,500 lanterns will illuminate Todaiji temple. Near Kintetsu Near ara station.
8/15. After sunset. Kasuha Shrine Daimonji hillside bonfire. Near Kintetsu Nara station.
8/15-16. Dekansho Obon Dance Festival at the Sasayama Castle Ruins. 3p-9p. Near Sasayamaguchi station.
8/16. Gozan Okuribi- Five Mountain bonfire for Obon in Kyoto.
8/16. Around sunset. Floating obon candles. Near Arashiyama station.
August, around obon. Dainenbutsuji temple will have a an obon ceremony with many candles. Near Hirano station.
8/18. 太閤祭. Martial Arts ritual at a shrine desicated to Toyoti Hideyoshi at Osaka Castle.
8/19. Fukuchiyama Kunoichi Festival.
8/19. Kobe Seaside Festival obon
8/20. Sakai Sky Lanterns. Summer Smile Impact festival at Ohama Park.
8/21 (?). Inagawa firework festival. 20 minute walk from Ikeda station.
8/22-26. Minatogawa Shrine Summer Festival. Near JR Kobe station.
8/22-26. Nankousan summer festival. Lanterns and bon dance.
8/24-25. Kita Mido bon dance. Near Honmachi station.
Around 8/22. manto kuyo cadles for stone Buddhas. Injoji temple near Notogawa station in Shiga prefecture.
8/23-24. 5-9p. Candle event at Gangoji Temple in Nara. 8/23-24. Jizo Bon at Isshin ji. Kids events and a marionette play. 4pm near Shitennoji-mar Yuhigaoka station.
8/23-24. Bon dance. Jokoji temple near Yao station (Yamatoji JR line).
8/24. Around sunset. Gangara Fire Festival. Near Ikeda station.
8/26-27. Porsche Vintage Car Fair. At INTEX, near Trade Center Mae Station.
8/27. 6:30p. Atago Fire Festival near JR Toyooka station.
8/24(?). Sportsland Ikoma. Kids moto mini bike race.
8/25-27. 4p-9p. Tenpyo Tanabata at Heijo Kyo. Near Yamato Saidaiji station.
8/26. 2p-4p. Hirakata Matsuri parade.
8/26. 11a-9:30p. Akashi Castle Park festival. Monkey show and bon dance.
8/26-27. Beef Contest. Biwako Hotel near Hamaotsu station.
8/27-28(?). Asuka Hikari no Kairo (corridor of light. Between Oka station and Ishibutai Kofun.
Last Sunday in August. Kids sumo tournament at Uenomiya shrine near Matsuo Taisha station.
First weekend in August. Grand Yokkaichi Festival. Near Yokkaichi station in Mie prefecture.
First Sunday in August. Ishitori festival. The noisiest festival in Japan. Everyone rings bells and bangs drums. Near Kuwana station in Mie.
Around 8/26-27. Nara Basara- a team dance event.