The most delightful summer festival in all of Japan
You might remember from a previous Japanagram that one traditional way of beating the Japanese summer heat is to gaze at goldfish swimming in their cool, watery world. Goldfish are so synonymous with summer in Japan that you’ll see them gracing everything from kimonos to fans from June through August. But where do people get all these goldfish? At a summertime goldfish festival, of course! And these festivals are about so much more than pet acquisition. Read on, as we venture outside the Yamanote Line, and stroll through the biggest and best goldfish festivals in the capital!
When: It’s usually scheduled for two days, on a weekend in mid-July. Check online for this year’s dates by searching Edogawa Goldfish Festival
Where: 3-2-1 Kitakasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
I used the Japan Navigation phone app to get to Edogawa, and you can easily use it to get there from where you’re staying, with your actual date and preferred arrival time. Here’s where to get the app and how to use it.