Event Information in 2020 around Japan: Which Event Got Postponed or Canceled?

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COVID-19 outbreak affects on the big event in Japan this year.
Here we listed up the events who already announced the postponement or cancelation, you can check the event by the prefecture.

All around Japan

J1 League

J1 League is the top division of of the Japan Professional Football League.
They announced the postponement of the matches as follow.

Original Date: February 21 -December 5, 2020
Current Status: May 20, 2020-


Nippon Professional Baseball

The date for the opening game of the season hasn’t announced yet.

Original Date: March 20-November 15, 2020
Current Status: TBA

Nippon Professional Baseball Organization
Nippon Professional Baseball Organization Official WebSite


Kachimai Fireworks Festival

Popular fireworks festival with lively music and lights.
This year would have been 70th times since they started this festival in 1929 but unfortunately it got cancelled.

Original Date: August 13, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Yosakoi Soran Festival

Yosakoi Soran Festival started with the mix of Yosakoi (traditional festival dance using Naruko clapper from Kochi prefecture) and Soran Bushi (folk song from Hokkaido). It is held in early June every year.

Original Date: June 10-14, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Aomori Nebuta Festival

This festival takes place in early August every year which is famous for their big lanterns floats called Nebuta. Nebuta is made based on the myths or Kabuki.

Original Date: August 2-7, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

青森ねぶた祭 オフィシャルサイト


Morioka Sansa Odori Festival

It is held in early August where you can enjoy Sansa Odori parade (traditional dance with drums).

Original Date: August 1- 4, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

Iwate・Morioka Sansa Odori Festival


Sendai Tanabata Festival

Colorful papers on the bamboo sticks are everywhere in the area to celebrate Japanese traditional event called Tanabata. Around 2,000,000 visitors come to the festival every year.

Original Date: August 6-8, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

Sendai Tanabata Festival
Japan's greatest Tanabata Festival - held since the era of Lord Date Masamune


Akita Kanto Festival

One of the three biggest festivals in Tohoku along with Nebuta festival in Aomori and Tanabata festival in Miyagi. Performers balance Kanto (long bamboo pole with paper lanterns in the end) with great skill at the festival.

Original Date: August 3-6, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Ashikaga Fireworks Festival

It started in 1903, their highlight is the firework spectacular called Niagara Falls.

Original Date:August 22, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

【開催中止】2020足利夏まつり 第106回足利花火大会〔足利市〕【花火大会】
~【開催中止】2020足利夏まつり 第106回足利花火大会〔足利市〕【花火大会】~ 栃木県観光物産協会がお届けする公式観光サイト「とちぎ旅ネット」。観光スポット、温泉、宿、グルメ、お土産、お祭りなど、旅のスポット情報を探せます。


Fukagawa Hachiman Festival

One of the three great shinto festivals in Tokyo. Every three years honmatsuri official festival happens and it was supposed to be 2020 but they announced the postponement and to be announced next year. Water throwing is very popular in this festival.

Original Date: Mid August 2020
Current Status: TBA in 2021



Japan International Machine Tool Fair which was planned to be held in Tokyo Big Site in December announced to be cancelled. The next fair will be held in the fall of 2022.

Original Date: December 7-12, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Tokyo Jazz Festival

The biggest Jazz event in Japan since 2002 decided to cancel the festival this year but don’t be too disappointed. You can see the live stream on May 23rd and 24th online!

Original Date: May 22-24, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

TOKYO JAZZ +plus LIVE STREAM開催決定!2020年5月23日(土) 24日(日)オンラインによる無料の音楽フェスティバル「TOKYO JAZZ +plus LIVE STREAM」を開催します。

Sanja Festival

One of the great shinto festivals in Tokyo and it is considered as wildest and largest.

Original Date: May 15-17, 2020
Current Status: October 16-18, 2020

浅草神社奉賛会/三社祭 公式情報

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

Very popular and famous fireworks festival where over 20,000 shots of fireworks will be displayed by Sumida river in Tokyo.

Original Date: July 11, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled


Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament

Honbasho, grand sumo tournament is the official professional sumo tournament. They announced 2 weeks of postponement at first but they decided to cancel it.

Original Date: May 10-24, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled


If you are interested in sumo, check this article.


The Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

Around 500 colorful tanabta decorations are on the street of down town and 1.5 million visitors is expected in 3 days every year.

Original Date: July 3-5, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

3ヶ国 公式パンフレット | ホーム | [公式]湘南ひらつか七夕まつり


Nagaoka Fireworks Festival

This fireworks festival is well known as one of the most beautiful fireworks in Japan. They launch fireworks as a memorial of the war and the big earthquake. These fireworks are sign of peace.

Original Date: August 2-3, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Niigata Festival

It takes place for 3 days with dancing parade, mikoshi (portable shrine) , fireworks and so on.

Original Date: August 9-11, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

新潟まつり|新潟祭り|大民謡流し 花火大会 市民みこし


Atami Fireworks Festival

There are fireworks festivals in each season every year and spring ones has been postponed. More details will be announced for the future dates.

Original Date: April 18-December 13, 2020
Current Status: June 14, 2020-



Atsuta Festival

Very popular festival as a sign of the beginning of the summer. People can enjoy some martial arts performances and food stalls with big lantern and fireworks at night.

Original Date: June 5, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Toyohashi Gion Festival

Fireworks festival is announced to be cancelled but the famous hand-held fireworks called tezutsu fireworks will take place with no spectators.

Original Date: July 17-19, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled on the most part

手筒花火発祥之地、吉田神社(豊橋市役所西隣)の460年の歴史を受け継ぐ祭礼。境内での手筒花火放揚、豊川河川での打上花火大会、豊橋市街を頼朋行列が練り歩く歴史絵巻 神輿渡御など。


Kumano Fireworks Festival

This festival has 300 years of tradition, beautiful fireworks with the view of Shichiri Mihama beach and Onigajo rocks.

Original Date: August 17, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled



Gion Festival

Gion festival is very traditional festival which has been held for over 1,100 years by Yasaka Shrine. This is considered as one of the three biggest festivals throughout Japan.

Original Date: July 1-31, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled on the most part

Gion Festival | Yasaka-Shrine
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Naniwa Yodogawa Fireworks Festival

Started as a volunteer event but now it became one of the biggest festivals in the area. It takes place at Yodogawa River.

Original Date: August 22, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

第32回 なにわ淀川花火大会 公式サイト

Otaue Rice Planting Festival

This festival takes place to pray for the rich rice harvest with singing and dancing. They have kept doing the rice planting ritual in the tradition way.

Original Date: June 14, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Tenjin Festival

This festival started in 10th century and it is one of the three top festivals in Japan. Around 100 boats will be floated on the river and you can see the fireworks above the sky.

Original Date: July 24-25, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Matsue Suigo Festival

About 10,000 shots of fireworks at the lake, their beautiful fireworks are loved by locals.

Original Date: September 12, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled



Hiroshima Triennale 2020 in BINGO

One of the major art festivals in Japan which spotted three major area in Hiroshima got cancelled this year.

Original Date: September 12- November 15, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

ひろしまトリエンナーレ2020 in BINGO



Awa-Odori is Tokushima’s traditional dance which has the history of 400 years.

Original Date: August 12-15, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival

You can enjoy the display of Kazariyama float during the festival season and the most interesting part of this festival is the race where men in the traditional costume run through the streets with yamakasa float!

Original Date: July 1-15, 2020
Current Status: Cancelled


Unfortunately, many big events in Japan got canceled or postponed due to the concern regarding of COVID-19 outbreak this year.
We sincerely hope that everyone can travel happily again and enjoy the festivals and big event throughout Japan soon!

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