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The Awa Odori of Kagurazaka

The 48th Kagurazaka Matsuri

A four-day festival in chic Kagurazaka

By Sleiman Azizi    - 1 min read
Venue: Kagurazaka-dori When: Jul 24th - Jul 27th 2020 ,  7:00pm - 9:00pm

In late July, the Tokyo suburb of Kagurazaka will host the 48th annual Kagaurazaka Matsuri.

Famous for Kagurazaka Dori, the areas's chic and pedestrian-friendly street slope, the suburb is also known for the historical Akagi Shrine, Edo period geisha houses and French schools.

Held over four days, the first two days of the festival centre around the Houzuki Market. Houzuki are ground cherries used during the obon festival in summer and were once thought to prevent chronic illness. The final two days feature the Awa Odori Festival with crowds of evening dancers performing traditional Japanese dances that originated from far-off Tokushima Prefecture.

Kagurazaka features a lively local eatery scene and along with the four days of festival street food stalls, the area will be full of happy revellers enjoying a traditional Japanese summer party atmosphere.

Getting there

Take the JR Chuo Line to Iidabashi Station. The bottom of Kagurazaka Dori is only a short stroll from the station. To start from the top of Kagurazaka Dori, take the Oedo Subway Line to Ushigome-Kagurazaka Station.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 200 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Elizabeth S 4 months ago
Some people know houzuki as Chinese lantern. Besides their use in Obon traditions, they look beautiful in dried flower arrangements.
Elena Lisina 4 months ago
This festival sounds interesting! I stay in Tokyo on July 26-28 and my plan is Ebisu Bon Odori on July 26 and Sumidagawa Hanabi on July 27. Impossible to catch all events! Maybe this one is better than Ebisu festival? What you'd recommend? I've never visited Kagurazaka yet...
Elena Lisina 4 months ago
Yes, I'm sure that would be great time! :D
Kim B 4 months ago
I'm already excited about all the summer festivals!