In late July, the Tokyo suburb of Kagurazaka will host the 48th annual Kagaurazaka Matsuri.
Famous for Kagurazaka Dori, the areas's chic and pedestrian-friendly street slope, the suburb is also known for the historical Akagi Shrine, Edo period geisha houses and French schools.
Held over four days, the first two days of the festival centre around the Houzuki Market. Houzuki are ground cherries used during the obon festival in summer and were once thought to prevent chronic illness. The final two days feature the Awa Odori Festival with crowds of evening dancers performing traditional Japanese dances that originated from far-off Tokushima Prefecture.
Kagurazaka features a lively local eatery scene and along with the four days of festival street food stalls, the area will be full of happy revellers enjoying a traditional Japanese summer party atmosphere.
Take the JR Chuo Line to Iidabashi Station. The bottom of Kagurazaka Dori is only a short stroll from the station. To start from the top of Kagurazaka Dori, take the Oedo Subway Line to Ushigome-Kagurazaka Station.
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