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Hot Air Balloon Festival In Yoyogi

Author: Shaney Crawford, Issue: July 2006, Topic: Events

This is a chance to see hot-air balloons and take a free ride over Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Opening hours are 7:30am to 7:30pm on August 26 and 7:30am to noon on August 27. The event is organized by four local governments that host hot-air balloon events (Saga, Saku, Suzuka, Motegi). Rides are subject to change depending on the weather.

The rides take place from 7:30am to 10am on both days. The balloons will be tied down, so they will not go far.

We called to find out if you need a reservation, and it seems you do. They now have a waiting list. So, perhaps you can go and have a look this year, and then make a reservation next year. I think it would be nice to see the balloons anyway, especially at night, even if you can't ride in them this time.

For more information (in Japanese) see:

Information from Saga City


Flyer (pdf)


Other hot-air balloon events in Japan:

  • September 16-18: Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture
  • October 21-22: Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture
  • November 1-5: Saga City, Saga Prefecture
  • November 11-25: Motegi Town, Tochigi Prefecture
  • Golden Week: Saku City, Nagano Prefecture

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