52nd Annual Mito Komon Matsuri

This festival began in the 36th year of the Showa era (1951) as a commemoration of Mito’s most famous leader, Mito Komon (also the prefecture’s mascot and title character of Japan’s longest running drama). The festival is held every year on the first weekend of August and includes parades, dancing, floats, portable shrines, a citizens carnival, and 4100 fireworks launched over Lake Senba.

Period: August 3rd to 5th

Location: Mito City, specifically around Mito Station, along the main roads by the North Exit, and Lake Senba

Event lineup:

8/3     7:30 to 8:30pm         Fireworks exhibition, Lake Senba (moved to 8/10 in case of bad weather)

8/4     10am to 9pm          Float parade, between Mito Central Post Office and Daiku-machi

2 to 4pm              Mito Komon Parade, between Mito Central Post Office and Daiku-machi

2 to 4pm            Children’s portable shrine procession, between Mito Central Post Office and Daiku-machi

4:30 to 9pm           Citizens Carnival in Mito, between Mito Central Post Office and Daiku-machi

10:30am to 12pm       Mito Komon Parade, between Hon-machi 1chome and Hon-machi 3chome

2 to 9pm             Hon-machi Town Festival, between Hon-machi 1chome and Hon-machi 3chome

1 to 8:30pm           Summer Dream Music, Art Tower Mito Plaza

11am to 9pm          Summer Dream Festa, Minami-machi Jiyu Plaza

8/5      10am to 9pm         Float parade, between Mito Central Post Office and Daiku-machi

2 to 6pm             Portable shrine procession, between Mito Central Post Office and Daiku-machi

6 to 9pm             Town Festival

10am to 12:30pm     Portable shrine procession, between Hon-machi 1chome and Hon-machi 3chome

1 to 8:30pm          Summer Dream Music, Art Tower Mito Plaza

11am to 9pm         Summer Dream Festa, Minami-machi Jiyu Plaza

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