Polish up your dancing shoes for August 18 and 19, 2023, because the perfect mix of tradition, dance, and waterfront beauty is returning with the 14th Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori.
This annual August festival is a must-attend event in Yokohama, inviting locals and travelers alike to immerse themselves in a unique cultural experience. But what makes this festival an unforgettable highlight of Yokohama’s summer scene?
Yokohama Port’s Festival
Located near the stunning Yokohama port, the Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival where visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture. With the enchanting rhythms of Yokohama’s traditional dance music and the familiar Bon Odori dance, the festival welcomes everyone to enjoy a unique summer experience.
This year’s festival introduces a fresh element to the program – a Sports Park presented by local professional sports teams. This inclusion provides an exciting opportunity for the more active attendees to engage with the festival in a vibrant, athletic manner.
From Performances to Local Cuisine
But the Bon Odori is not all about dance and sports. The festival lineup also includes live performances and local gourmet food stalls, promising a variety of experiences for attendees of all ages. Note: there won’t be any traditional Japanese festival games (Ennichi) this year.
Unwind and Dance in Minato Mirai
The Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori is a signature summer event in the Minato Mirai 21 district. With the pleasant sea breeze in your hair, get ready to sway to the music and dance the summer evening away. As a special perk, attendees will be gifted a custom-made fan (limited in quantity and available until stocks last).
For a safe and enjoyable experience, the festival encourages attendees to take preventive measures against heatstroke. Stay hydrated, dress comfortably, take breaks, and consider using parasols or hats to shield against the summer sun.
Details, Timings, and Location
The festival is scheduled to take place on August 18, from 16:30 to 20:30, and on August 19, from 15:00 to 20:30 at Rinko Park and Koryu Zone Plaza in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai district. The Sports Park will remain open until sunset.
The festival will carry on even in light rain, with no postponements planned.
Date & Time
The festival is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 18th, 2023, from 16:30 to 20:30 and on Saturday, August 19th, 2023, from 15:00 to 20:30. Please note that specific event times may vary within these hours. The exciting Sports Park will be open for enjoyment until sunset.
Everyone is welcome at the Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori. From children to adults, locals to travelers, this event embraces participants of all ages and backgrounds.
A huge bonus for your Tokyo adventures – entry to the Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori is completely free. Experience an unforgettable cultural festival without denting your wallet.
The festival will be held at the scenic Rinko Park and Koryu Zone Plaza. Located at 1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, the venue offers a breathtaking view of the Yokohama Harbor. This spectacular backdrop combined with traditional Bon Odori dancing makes for a truly unforgettable summer evening.
Rinko Park and Koryu Zone Plaza, the venue of the Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori festival, is easily accessible via public transportation.
By Train: The easiest way to get to Minato Mirai is by using the Minatomirai Line. You can hop off at the Minatomirai Station, and from there, the park is just a short walk away.
By Bus: The Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT) operates a bus service that stops at the Yokohama Station East Exit, from which it’s a brisk walk or a quick taxi ride to the venue.
By Foot: If you happen to be in the vicinity, Minato Mirai is a pleasant area to stroll around. From Yokohama Station, it’s a walkable distance, especially if you’re up for a bit of sightseeing along the way.
Whether you choose to arrive by train, bus, or foot, be sure to take some time to enjoy the surroundings. The Minato Mirai area, with its blend of modern architecture and open green spaces, is truly one of the gems of Yokohama.