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.
|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)|
Akita Kanto Festival