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Funabashi citizen Summer festival : Enjoy the Matsuri like locals

Maggie

Writer

Funabashi citizen Summer festival is a three-day family friendly festival in Funabashi city in Chiba. It is held on the last weekend of July every year starting on Friday. Throughout four venues around the city (Funabashi venue, Narashinodai venue, Nakayama venue and Nikkaidai venue), you can enjoy parades, local performing arts, local food and more. Major roads get closed during the festival. Also, there is a fireworks show as a closing of the festival at Funabashi harbor water park.

Things to see at Funabashi venue:

Funabashi venue is the main site for the festival. There are performance and parades like kids Omikoshi parade (carrying a small shrine on shoulders), adult Omikoshi parade, performance on ladder, “Hashigo nori” (one of the Japanese traditional performance that dancer gets on a 6-meter-long ladder and show acrobatics) and Japanese drums, “Taiko”.
Every year, there are many visitors coming for the festival.

 

One of the highlights on the festival is the traditional silly mask parade, “baka men odori” (ばか面踊り). The dancers wear silly face mask and march down the street with traditional Japanese instruments. It is very unique and funny that even the locals never get tired of watching them.

Food, Shopping & Play:

While you are at the festival, you can also enjoy the food and shopping! At the festival, they focus on selling items including food that are made locally at ‘Made in Funabashi’. Also they have a flea market that 200 organizations are part of and ‘Joy & Shopping Fair’. You can buy local vegetables and arts and more. There are many food stands like any other Japanese summer festivals: Takoyaki, yakisoba, fried chicken, apple candy, cotton candy etc. If you walk by the back alleys, small cafes have a stand outside their restaurant to enjoy their menu. There are also free kids sports and craft areas. Kids can collect stamps for a prize. They can also wear police uniform (both boys and girls) for photos. So many things to do, your kids would not get bored at this festival.

Fireworks:

The festival fireworks is held at Funabashi harbor water park. 10,000 fireworks bring an hour of entertainment to the Funabashi sky. 83,000 people gathered in 2016. You can enjoy the fireworks from the paid seating at the park for the best view. This event is held on a different date than the Funabashi citizen festival so make sure to check the date!

 

Access:

Funabashi citizen summer festival can be access from JR Sobu line Funabashi Station. You will not miss them as the street starts in front of the station. To get to Funabashi harbor water park for the fireworks, it is a 10 minute walk from Keisei Dentetsu Railway Okamagashita Station or JR Minami-Funabashi Station, and a 25-minute walk from JR Funabashi Station South Exit.

There is no special event parking for both events so taking a train is the best way to get there.

Closing Remarks:

If you are in the area around the festival dates, be sure to check it out even if you’ve been to other summer festivals in Japan! There are so many things to see, eat and try for you and your kids. You will experience Japanese culture and celebrate summer time with traditional parades and dances.

Discover Chiba Prefecture!

Chiba Prefecture is a great place to visit and can boast plenty of tourist attractions. Besides, it is very close to Tokyo, and you can easily visit it within a day. However, would you like to see rural Japan? Chiba Prefecture gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of hot springs and admire authentic traditional Japan. The following article assembled the best festivals and activities to enjoy in Chiba Prefecture, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/best-festivals-things-chiba-prefecture

An Ultimate Idea Source for Your Tokyo Stay!

Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look!

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Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel themselves a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

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Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/

Don`t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

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For all foodies who enjoy Japanese Festivals would be nice to get acquainted with the rich choice offered by Yatai (Japanese festival food stalls). The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5504/

Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/7726/ 

Maggie

Hi! I am Maggie. I love traveling and telling people about cool things happening in Japan. Hope the article helps with your trip to Japan!

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