Mid
Sep
 2023

Misawa Air Base Festival in Aomori

If you’ve never shaken off your childhood fascination with planes or just enjoy seeing fighter jets scream overhead, definitely include the Misawa Air Base Festival in your Japanese itinerary for September. This is also one of the few chances your average ordinary civilian will get to visit a working air force base—Misawa Air Base, on the banks of Lake Ogawara in Aomori, is home to the US Air Force 35th Fighter Wing and the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force 3rd Fighter Wing Force.

Attracting about 100,000 visitors a year, the Misawa Air Base Festival includes aerial displays, maneuvers, aircraft displays, flybys, music and food stands. With this sort of pull, the Air Base Festival is northern Japan’s biggest air show, so it is best to take the train up to the region, and book accommodation in advance. The Misawa Air Base is military property, so there are security procedures at the gate. The Base is also vast; luckily, a shuttle bus runs between the parking lots and cost between ¥500 and ¥1,000 per round-trip. Stock up on sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and go get in touch with your inner aerosexual.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

Get the best Japan Cheapo hacks direct to your inbox

Related Events
  • Onomichi Lantern Festival
    Sat, Oct
    08

    Onomichi Lantern Festival

    Onomichi is a world heritage listed town on the Seto Inland Sea in Hiroshima Prefecture made famous in the classic Ozu film Tokyo Story. Despite the love of things traditional here, the lanterns are rather more contemporary than you will […]

    6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Free
  • Otsu Hikiyama Festival
    Oct 8
    ~
    Oct 9

    Otsu Hikiyama Festival

    One of Shiga’s largest three festivals, the Otsu Hikiyama festival is a stunning display of elaborate Mikoshi and parades through the city streets.  The festival celebrates Otsu as a successful modern industrial city and showcases the prosperity of the townspeople. […]

    Free
  • Knives in Doguyasuji Shotengai
    Sun, Oct
    09

    Osaka Kitchenware Street Festival

    If you’re in the mood for some kitchen-based souvenirs for your trip to Japan – or need to fill up your kitchen here, then look no further. The Osaka Kitchenware street is holding their annual festival to display the best […]

    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Free

Recommended hotels located nearby