Tohoku is known for its summer festivals but the Neputa Matsuri in Hirosaki often gets overshadowed by the similar celebration in nearby Aomori city. Yet the city's festival is an exciting, week-long event in its own right, with massive fan-shaped and circular floats that parade through the streets just after sunset. There are three different routes that change throughout the week and not every float participates on every day of the festival. No matter when you go, however, you will be treated to an impressive display.
The parade runs from 7 pm - 9 pm on August 1st - 6th and then starts at 10 am on the final day, August 7th. The Hirosaki Tourism and Convention Bureau website has all of the details of each route.