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Akita Kanto Festival

This festival originated from the ancient tradition of fending off the evil spirits of the summer, in hope of better health and crops. Participants parade through the streets with giant bamboo sticks to which an uncountable number of paper lanterns have been attached, in order to display their strength and skills. The festival has been designated as an “Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property” and is one of Tohoku’s three major festivals.

Akita Kanto Festival

Kanto Odori Street (Nichomebashi Crossing~Sanno Crossing), etc., Akita city, Akita prefecture
Access from Tokyo
By Air: Approx. 1h5m from Haneda Airport (Tokyo) to Akita Airport. From Akita Airport, 40 min by bus to JR Akita Sta.
By Train: Approx. 4 hours by the Tohoku Shinkansen (Komachi) from Tokyo Sta. to Akita Sta.
August 3-6, 2015
Nighttime Events: 7:00pm-9:00pm / Daytime Events: 9:20am-3:20pm
Website: Akita Kanto Festival (official website)
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