The first weekend in September is the traditional date for the local Tsukuba Matsuri, and this year is no exception. Held Sept. 2nd and 3rd, a number of interesting booths are set up and various cultural events take place through the 2 days. If the other festivals mentioned here are not something you want to take the time and effort to go to, this is your back-up option. It's always located along the central bicycle path and adjacent parks, and so it's not hard to find.
Held Sept. 13 at the Ichigonshu Shrine in Mitsukaido. Tel 0297-27-0659.
One of the bigger local festivals is the Ishioka Matsuri held in mid-September every year. This year's festivities are from the 14th to the 16th, culminating in a grand parade in the center of town. This is probably the biggest local Matsuri, and is right at the end of the season. So, last chance until next year. tel. 0299-23-1111.
Different from the "regular" matsuri in August, the pottery capital of Kasama also holds another event in September, with this year's dates being 15-17.
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