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2014

Days:2014.4.5 - 2014.5.6

Bunkyo Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri)

Location: Nedujinja Shrine

Believed to have been established more than 1,900 years ago by Yamato Takeru-no Mikoto, Nezu Shrine ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2014.4.19 - 2014.5.6

Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival

Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Wisteria flowers begin blooming all at once in late April. These lovely lavender-colored flowers are...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.4.29 - 2014.5.3

Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival

Location: Meiji Jingu Shrine Special Stage

Surrounded by deep forests and rich nature, Meiji Shrine is known as an oasis in the central Tokyo M...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.4.30 - 2014.5.6

Okunitama Jinja Shrine: Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival)

Location: Okunitama Jinja Shrine

Okunitama Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo that is located in the center of Fuchu City. ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.5.3 - 2014.5.5

LA FOLLE JOURNEE au JAPON: "Days of Enthusiasm" Music Festival

Location: Tokyo International Forum

La Folle Journee is a music festival that originated in 1995 in Nantes, a port town in the northwest...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2014.5.7 - 2014.5.8

Musashi-mitake Jinja Shrine Hinode Festival

The Hinode (Sunrise) Festival is the annual spring festival of Musashi-mitake Jinja Shrine. It has t...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.10 - 2014.6.8

Spring Rose Festival

Location: Kyu Furukawa Gardens

Designated as a national place of scenic beauty, the Kyu Furukawa Gardens is a rare spot that preser...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.14 - 2014.5.15

Kanda-matsuri Festival

Location: Kanda Myojin

Kanda-matsuri Festival is one of the three largest festivals in Edo, and indeed in all of Japan. The...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.16 - 2014.5.18

Sanja Matsuri (Sanja-sama)

Location: Asakusa Jinja Shrine

According to a legend, Hinokuma brothers Hamanari and Takenari pulled a Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) st...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.24 - 2014.5.25

Tokyo Minato Matsuri

Tokyo Minato Matsuri is held in and around the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. The festival welcomes...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2014.6 - Late-2014.6

Hotaru no Yube (Evening Lit by Fireflies)

Location: Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato

Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato is a village-type recreation facility that offers a hands-on experience...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6 - Mid-2014.6

Torikoe Jinja Annual Festival

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

Torikoe Shrine has a long-standing history of almost 1,350 years and it is located on Kuramaebashi S...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6 - Mid-2014.6

Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri (Hydrangea Festival)

Location: Hakusan Jinja Shrine

Located in central Tokyo, the city of Bunkyo still maintains the atmosphere of old Edo and is known ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6 - Mid-2014.6

Katsushika Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival)

Location: Mizumoto Park

Katsushika City's Iris Festival is held at two locations, Horikiri Shobuen Iris Garden and Mizumoto ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6 - Mid-2014.6

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri (Festival)

Location: Namiyoke Inari Jinja Shrine and its vicinity (for parade)

Located in Tsukiji, Namiyoke Inari Shrine is known as a place to pray for protection from disasters ...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Early-2014.6 - Mid-2014.6

Sanno Festival

The Sanno Festival is one of the three main festivals of Edo along with the Kanda Festival and Fukug...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.6 

Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine Public Performances of Kagura and Gagaku Music and Dance

Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine’s traditional Daidai Kagura music and dance has been passed down for ove...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.7.6 - 2014.7.8

Iriya Asagao Matsuri (Morning Glory Festival)

Location: In and around Iriya Kishimojin

Iriya Asagao Matsuri, held from July 6 to 8 every year, is the largest festival in Japan dedicated t...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.7.9 - 2014.7.10

Hozuki-Ichi (Ground Cherry Pod Fair) at Senso-ji Temple

Location: Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple, built in 628, is said to be the oldest temple in Tokyo. This is a popular spot amon...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Mid-2014.7 - Mid-2014.8

Ueno Summer Festival

Location: Shinobazuno-ike Pond, Suijo Ongaku-do (lakefront concert hall), Ueno Park, Shinobazuno-ike lakeside, etc.

The summer festival in Ueno features a different event everyday, like a toro nagashi paper-lantern f...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.7 - Late-2014.7

Kagurazaka Matsuri Festival (Japanese Lantern Plant Market and Awa-odori Dance)

The backstreets of Kagurazaka are full of atmosphere and fun to explore. And the Kagurazaka Matsuri ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.7 

Chiyoda-ku Noryo no Yube (Lantern Floating Event)

Location: Chidorigafuchi Boathouse

On this day, some 700 lanterns sway in the moat of the Imperial Palace against a backdrop of the for...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Mid-2014.7 

Hachijo-jima Island Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival)

Hachijo-jima Island is set to host a summer festival around its new town hall. It kicks off with a t...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.7 

Edogawa Local Goldfish Festival

Location: Edogawa Municipal Gyosen Park

Goldfish farming started in Edogawa-ku during the Meiji period. Various events will be held to sprea...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Late-2014.7 

Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri Festival

Location: Around Shinjuku Station East and West Exits

The Eisa Matsuri Festival originates in Okinawa as a ritual of kyu bon (old bon), to honor the spiri...

Updated: September 9, 2013

Days:Early-2014.8 

Antique Jamboree

Location: Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall 1

Known as the largest antique event in Japan, the Antique Jamboree welcomes as many as 500 unique ven...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2014.8 - Mid-2014.8

Fussa Tanabata Festival

Location: Area around Fussa Station (West Exit)

August is the peak of summer, when the familiar annual event of the Tanabata Festival in Fussa is he...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.8 

Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-odori Dance Festival

Location: Hibiya Park fountain and second flower garden

Every year, a huge crowd flocks to the urban bon-odori dance festival held in the osasis of Tokyo, H...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.8.11 - 2014.8.15

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri (Tomioka Hanchiman-gu reisai) Festival

Location: At and around Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine

The annual festival at Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine, which is held around 15th August, is also known a...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2014.8 

Asakusa Samba Carnival Parade and Contest

Location: Umamichi-dori Street and Kaminarimon-dori Street

The largest samba carnival in Japan is a perfect finale to summer in Asakusa. The event attracts aut...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Late-2014.8 

Koenji Awa-odori Dance

Location: Along the shopping streets north and south of JR Koenji Station

The Koenji Awa-odori Dance has grown to be counted as a major summer event of Tokyo. The 56th event...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Late-2014.8 

Azabu-Juban Noryo-matsuri Festival

Azabu-Juban at first glance retains the lively and artistic shitamachi (downtown) feel of Edo-period...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2014.8 

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival2014

The Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri festival brings the traditional yosakoi dance from its birthpl...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.9 - Late-2014.9

Fukuro Festival

Location: Ikebukuro West Exit special event site and various other locations in the vicinity of Ikebukuro Station

The Fukuro Festival began in 1968 as a promotional event for four local shopping districts on the we...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.9 - Mid-2014.10

Hagi (Bush Clover) Festival

Location: Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

The event invites people to spend a day at the gardens and enjoy the tasteful elegance of fall plant...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.9 - Late-2014.9

Nezujinja shrine Annual Grand Festival

Location: Nezujinja shrin

Nezujinja shrine is renowned for the approximately 3,000 rhododendron plants that bloom there during...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:2014.10.11 - 2014.10.13

Ikegami Honmonji Temple - Oeshiki Festival

Oeshiki is a Buddhist festival commemorating the anniversary of Saint Nichiren's death. Although it ...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:2014.10.19 - 2014.10.20

Nihombashi Ebisu-ko Bettara-ichi (Pickle Fair)

Location: Takarada Ebisu Jinja Shrine

Held around Takarada Ebisu Jinja Shrine and its vicinity, this fair is a popular seasonal event in t...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2014.10 

Kiba no kakunori (Kiba square log rolling)

Location: 30th Koto City Resident Festival: Kiba Park Event Pond

The Kiba area of Koto-ku derives its name from the once prolific lumberyards and warehouses. (Kiba i...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2014.10 - Mid-2014.11

Takahata-fudoson Kiku Matsuri (Kongo-ji Temple Chrysanthemum Festival)

Location: Takahata-fudoson Temple

Takahata-fudoson Kongo-ji Temple is hosting in its premises a chrysanthemum festival. Chrysanthemum...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:Late-2014.10 - Early-2014.11

Kanda Used Book Festival

*Cancelled in case of rain This festival is the largest annual event in the Jinbo-cho district in...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2014.11 - Late-2014.11

Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair

Tori-no-ichi is an annual traditional festival held at shrines and temples nationwide on set days (r...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Early-2014.11 

Dream Yosacoy Festival

The Dream Yosacoy Festival is based on the yosakoi dance that started in Kochi to celebrate postwar ...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.11.1 - 2014.11.23

Bunkyo Kiku Matsuri (Chrysanthemum Festival)

Location: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine's precincts

The Bunkyo Chrysanthemum Festival is held at Yushima Tenjin Shrine, which is widely known as the dei...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:2014.11.1 - 2014.11.23

Tokyo Metropolitan Tourism Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Location: Hibiya Park Kusachi Hiroba

Chrysanthemum exhibitions are held throughout Japan in the autumn. Among these, the Tokyo Metropolit...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:2014.11.3 

Tokyo Historical Festival

While it has been 540 years since the completion of the Edo-jo castle by Ota Dokan and 410 years sin...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.11 

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

Location: between Oiwake-cho and Kobotoke Sekisho (checking station), Precincts of Ryonan Park

Those gingko trees were planted along the streets when the city expanded the Tama Goryo in the Showa...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:Late-2014.11 - Mid-2014.12

Fall Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

Location: Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Gardens is one of the most known daimyo teien (garden of feudal lord) from the Edo Period, ...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:Late-2014.11 

Doburoku Matsuri

Location: Koami Jinja shrine

Koami Jinja is one of the few existing shrines constructed with bishu-hinoki (cypress) in Chuo-ward ...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:2014.12.6 

Oji Kumade Ichi (bamboo rake festival at Oji Shrine)

Location: Oji Shrine

Tori-no-Ichi, or the Rooster Fair, is held nationwide in November (some areas hold it in December) a...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.12 

Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi Shoe Market

Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi is organized by neighborhood merchants of shoes and other footwear to invi...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:2014.12.14 

"Gishi-sai" (a fete to commemorate the loyal avenge)

Location: Sengakuji Temple

This is a traditional event based on a historical fact that 47 Ako roshi (masterless samurai) manage...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:2014.12.17 - 2014.12.19

Hagoita-ichi (Fair)

Location: Sensoji Temple

Hagoita Fair is a popular annual event in Asakusa that is held as the year nears its end. Tens of ve...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:2014.12.31 - 2015.1.1

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-14 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that on New Year’s Eve, foxes gathered from across Japan under a large tree and disgui...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2014.12.31 - 2015.1.1

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

Location: Ogamiyama-koen Park Festival Plaza (3-min. walk from Ogasawara-maru passenger waiting area)

Chichijima Island, in the town of Ogasawara-mura, is set to hold a New Year countdown and Japan’s ea...

Updated: January 1, 2014

2015

Days:2014.12.31 - 2015.1.1

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-14 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that on New Year’s Eve, foxes gathered from across Japan under a large tree and disgui...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2014.12.31 - 2015.1.1

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

Location: Ogamiyama-koen Park Festival Plaza (3-min. walk from Ogasawara-maru passenger waiting area)

Chichijima Island, in the town of Ogasawara-mura, is set to hold a New Year countdown and Japan’s ea...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2015.1.1 

Hatsumode

Location: Meiji Jingu Shrine

Many people in Japan visit a temple on December 31, welcome the New Year with the sound of the joya ...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2015.1.6 

Dezome-shiki New Year’s Fire Review

Location: Tokyo Big Sight East Parking Lot

The annual ceremony features firefighting, rescue, and first-aid demonstrations by the Tokyo Fire De...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.1 

Tondo-yaki

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

Originated in the Heian period, this traditional event is held to burn used new year ornaments such ...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.1 

Daikoku Matsuri

Location: Kanda Myojin Shrine

Many people from all over Japan visit Kanda Myojin Shrine to make new year's wishes, praying for saf...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:Late-2015.1 - Late-2015.3

Izu Oshima Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia) Festival

Location: Izu Oshima

This island-wide event is inspired by the camellia flowers are a famous product from Izu Oshima. The...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.1.24 - 2015.1.25

Usokae Shinji (Bullfinch exchange) Ritual

Location: Kameido Tenjin Shine

Kameido Tenjin Shrine - which is known as the Deity of Chrysanthemums - has long served a central ro...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.1.28 

Hatsu Fudo (Daruma Doll Fair)

Location: Takahatafudoson Kongoji Temple

Takahata Fudoson Temple is one of the Kanto region's three main temples to the deity Fudo Myoo. It's...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2015.2.3 

Setsubun (Fukuju-no-mai Dance)

Location: Sensoji Temple

One of the most famous parts of Setsubun is the bean tossing that takes place at shrines and temples...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.2.3 

"Daruma Kuyo" at Nishi-Arai Daishi Temple

Location: Nishi-Arai Daishi Temple

"Daruma Kuyo" is a traditional event since 1954 at Nishi-Arai Daishi, an old famous temple, the orig...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.2.3 

Ukera Shinto Ritual

Location: Gojo Tenjinja Shrine

This ritual is held on Setsubun to drive out evil spirits, and is based on the worship of the deity ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2 - Early-2015.3

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenjin)

Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenjin) has been beloved since the Edo period as a famous place to ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2 - Early-2015.3

Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Hanegi Park

Koto instrument performances, haiku classes, outdoor matcha tea ceremonies, tea ceremonies, rice cak...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2 - Early-2015.3

Ome Marathon

Location: Okutama Kaido Avenue, Kyu-Ome Kaido Avenue and other streets in Ome City

Courses: Japan Tobacco Ome Office - turn (Kawai for 30-km course/Hinatawada for 10-km course) - goal...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2015.3 

Edo Nagashibina Ceremony

Location: Azumabashi Bridge Shinsui Terrace and Sumida Park

Nagashibina is a ceremony in which disasters that can befall children are imbued in human-shaped dol...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2015.3 - Late-2015.3

Yoshino Baigo Plum Festival

Location: Yoshino Baigo

Yoshino Baigo is the name of a four-kilometer stretch of land running east-to-west on the south side...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.3.3 - 2015.3.4

Daruma Doll Fair

Location: Jindaiji Temple

The Jindaiji Temple Daruma Doll Fair is a famous part of spring in Tokyo. The official name of this ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.3 

Fire-walking Festival (Hiwatari-sai) at Mt. Takao

Location: Takaosan Yakuoin Temple

Takaosan Yakuoin Temple is an old Buddhist temple located atop Mt. Takao and is known as one of thre...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.3.18 

Kinryu no mai (golden dragon dance)

Kinryu no mai, or golden dragon dance, was named after Mt. Kinryu-zan, the honorific name prefixed t...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.3.18 

Asakusa Kannon Jigen-e

Location: Sensoji Temple

On March 18 in the year 628 (the 36th year of the reign of Empress Suiko), two fishermen brothers wh...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3 - Early-2015.4

The Sakura Festival in Chiyoda

Location: Chidorigafuchi moat greenery path between Kudan-ue and Sanbancho

Enjoy both strolling and boating to view beautiful cherry blossoms at the Imperial Palace Only du...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3 - Early-2015.4

Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)

Location: Ueno Park and other locations

Lined endlessly with a number of cherry trees, Ueno Park? main street is probably the first place th...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3 - Early-2015.4

Weeping cherry tree and feudal lord's garden light-up event

Location: Rikugien Gardens

At Rikugien Garden, the shidare zakura (weeping cherry tree) and feudal lord's garden are lit up, cr...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3 - Early-2015.4

Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island

The Freesia Festival is back again in the island with a fresh scent filled all around. Only viewing ...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3 - Early-2015.4

Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: Sumida Park

The area between Azumabashi Bridge and Sakurabashi Bridge on the Sumida River has been a famous che...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2015.4.8 

Hana Matsuri (Floral Festival)

Location: Sensoji Temple

This event celebrates "Bussho-e", Buddha's birthday, and is commonly known as "Hana Matsuri". A pain...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.4 

Shirasagi-no Mai (White Heron Dance)

Location: Sensoji Temple

Shirasagi-no Mai is a ceremonial parade that was restored in November, 1968 by the Asakusa Tourist F...

Updated: April 4, 2014

January

2015

Days:2014.12.31
- 2015.1.1

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-14 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that on New Year’s Eve, foxes gathered from across Japan under a large tree and disgui...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2014.12.31
- 2015.1.1

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

Location: Ogamiyama-koen Park Festival Plaza (3-min. walk from Ogasawara-maru passenger waiting area)

Chichijima Island, in the town of Ogasawara-mura, is set to hold a New Year countdown and Japan’s ea...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2015.1.1
 

Hatsumode

Location: Meiji Jingu Shrine

Many people in Japan visit a temple on December 31, welcome the New Year with the sound of the joya ...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2015.1.6
 

Dezome-shiki New Year’s Fire Review

Location: Tokyo Big Sight East Parking Lot

The annual ceremony features firefighting, rescue, and first-aid demonstrations by the Tokyo Fire De...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.1
 

Tondo-yaki

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

Originated in the Heian period, this traditional event is held to burn used new year ornaments such ...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.1
 

Daikoku Matsuri

Location: Kanda Myojin Shrine

Many people from all over Japan visit Kanda Myojin Shrine to make new year's wishes, praying for saf...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:Late-2015.1
- Late-2015.3

Izu Oshima Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia) Festival

Location: Izu Oshima

This island-wide event is inspired by the camellia flowers are a famous product from Izu Oshima. The...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.1.24
- 2015.1.25

Usokae Shinji (Bullfinch exchange) Ritual

Location: Kameido Tenjin Shine

Kameido Tenjin Shrine - which is known as the Deity of Chrysanthemums - has long served a central ro...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.1.28
 

Hatsu Fudo (Daruma Doll Fair)

Location: Takahatafudoson Kongoji Temple

Takahata Fudoson Temple is one of the Kanto region's three main temples to the deity Fudo Myoo. It's...

Updated: January 1, 2014

February

2015

Days:Late-2015.1
- Late-2015.3

Izu Oshima Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia) Festival

Location: Izu Oshima

This island-wide event is inspired by the camellia flowers are a famous product from Izu Oshima. The...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.2.3
 

Setsubun (Fukuju-no-mai Dance)

Location: Sensoji Temple

One of the most famous parts of Setsubun is the bean tossing that takes place at shrines and temples...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.2.3
 

"Daruma Kuyo" at Nishi-Arai Daishi Temple

Location: Nishi-Arai Daishi Temple

"Daruma Kuyo" is a traditional event since 1954 at Nishi-Arai Daishi, an old famous temple, the orig...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.2.3
 

Ukera Shinto Ritual

Location: Gojo Tenjinja Shrine

This ritual is held on Setsubun to drive out evil spirits, and is based on the worship of the deity ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2
- Early-2015.3

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenjin)

Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenjin) has been beloved since the Edo period as a famous place to ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2
- Early-2015.3

Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Hanegi Park

Koto instrument performances, haiku classes, outdoor matcha tea ceremonies, tea ceremonies, rice cak...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2
- Early-2015.3

Ome Marathon

Location: Okutama Kaido Avenue, Kyu-Ome Kaido Avenue and other streets in Ome City

Courses: Japan Tobacco Ome Office - turn (Kawai for 30-km course/Hinatawada for 10-km course) - goal...

Updated: March 3, 2014

March

2015

Days:Late-2015.1
- Late-2015.3

Izu Oshima Tsubaki Matsuri (Camellia) Festival

Location: Izu Oshima

This island-wide event is inspired by the camellia flowers are a famous product from Izu Oshima. The...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2
- Early-2015.3

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenjin)

Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenjin) has been beloved since the Edo period as a famous place to ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2
- Early-2015.3

Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Hanegi Park

Koto instrument performances, haiku classes, outdoor matcha tea ceremonies, tea ceremonies, rice cak...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.2
- Early-2015.3

Ome Marathon

Location: Okutama Kaido Avenue, Kyu-Ome Kaido Avenue and other streets in Ome City

Courses: Japan Tobacco Ome Office - turn (Kawai for 30-km course/Hinatawada for 10-km course) - goal...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2015.3
 

Edo Nagashibina Ceremony

Location: Azumabashi Bridge Shinsui Terrace and Sumida Park

Nagashibina is a ceremony in which disasters that can befall children are imbued in human-shaped dol...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2015.3
- Late-2015.3

Yoshino Baigo Plum Festival

Location: Yoshino Baigo

Yoshino Baigo is the name of a four-kilometer stretch of land running east-to-west on the south side...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.3.3
- 2015.3.4

Daruma Doll Fair

Location: Jindaiji Temple

The Jindaiji Temple Daruma Doll Fair is a famous part of spring in Tokyo. The official name of this ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.3
 

Fire-walking Festival (Hiwatari-sai) at Mt. Takao

Location: Takaosan Yakuoin Temple

Takaosan Yakuoin Temple is an old Buddhist temple located atop Mt. Takao and is known as one of thre...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.3.18
 

Kinryu no mai (golden dragon dance)

Kinryu no mai, or golden dragon dance, was named after Mt. Kinryu-zan, the honorific name prefixed t...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2015.3.18
 

Asakusa Kannon Jigen-e

Location: Sensoji Temple

On March 18 in the year 628 (the 36th year of the reign of Empress Suiko), two fishermen brothers wh...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

The Sakura Festival in Chiyoda

Location: Chidorigafuchi moat greenery path between Kudan-ue and Sanbancho

Enjoy both strolling and boating to view beautiful cherry blossoms at the Imperial Palace Only du...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)

Location: Ueno Park and other locations

Lined endlessly with a number of cherry trees, Ueno Park? main street is probably the first place th...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Weeping cherry tree and feudal lord's garden light-up event

Location: Rikugien Gardens

At Rikugien Garden, the shidare zakura (weeping cherry tree) and feudal lord's garden are lit up, cr...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island

The Freesia Festival is back again in the island with a fresh scent filled all around. Only viewing ...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: Sumida Park

The area between Azumabashi Bridge and Sakurabashi Bridge on the Sumida River has been a famous che...

Updated: April 4, 2014

April

2014

Days:2014.4.5
- 2014.5.6

Bunkyo Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri)

Location: Nedujinja Shrine

Believed to have been established more than 1,900 years ago by Yamato Takeru-no Mikoto, Nezu Shrine ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2014.4.19
- 2014.5.6

Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival

Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Wisteria flowers begin blooming all at once in late April. These lovely lavender-colored flowers are...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.4.29
- 2014.5.3

Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival

Location: Meiji Jingu Shrine Special Stage

Surrounded by deep forests and rich nature, Meiji Shrine is known as an oasis in the central Tokyo M...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.4.30
- 2014.5.6

Okunitama Jinja Shrine: Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival)

Location: Okunitama Jinja Shrine

Okunitama Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo that is located in the center of Fuchu City. ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

2015

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

The Sakura Festival in Chiyoda

Location: Chidorigafuchi moat greenery path between Kudan-ue and Sanbancho

Enjoy both strolling and boating to view beautiful cherry blossoms at the Imperial Palace Only du...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)

Location: Ueno Park and other locations

Lined endlessly with a number of cherry trees, Ueno Park? main street is probably the first place th...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Weeping cherry tree and feudal lord's garden light-up event

Location: Rikugien Gardens

At Rikugien Garden, the shidare zakura (weeping cherry tree) and feudal lord's garden are lit up, cr...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island

The Freesia Festival is back again in the island with a fresh scent filled all around. Only viewing ...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2015.3
- Early-2015.4

Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: Sumida Park

The area between Azumabashi Bridge and Sakurabashi Bridge on the Sumida River has been a famous che...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2015.4.8
 

Hana Matsuri (Floral Festival)

Location: Sensoji Temple

This event celebrates "Bussho-e", Buddha's birthday, and is commonly known as "Hana Matsuri". A pain...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Mid-2015.4
 

Shirasagi-no Mai (White Heron Dance)

Location: Sensoji Temple

Shirasagi-no Mai is a ceremonial parade that was restored in November, 1968 by the Asakusa Tourist F...

Updated: April 4, 2014

May

2014

Days:2014.4.5
- 2014.5.6

Bunkyo Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri)

Location: Nedujinja Shrine

Believed to have been established more than 1,900 years ago by Yamato Takeru-no Mikoto, Nezu Shrine ...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2014.4.19
- 2014.5.6

Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival

Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Wisteria flowers begin blooming all at once in late April. These lovely lavender-colored flowers are...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.4.29
- 2014.5.3

Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival

Location: Meiji Jingu Shrine Special Stage

Surrounded by deep forests and rich nature, Meiji Shrine is known as an oasis in the central Tokyo M...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.4.30
- 2014.5.6

Okunitama Jinja Shrine: Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival)

Location: Okunitama Jinja Shrine

Okunitama Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo that is located in the center of Fuchu City. ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.5.3
- 2014.5.5

LA FOLLE JOURNEE au JAPON: "Days of Enthusiasm" Music Festival

Location: Tokyo International Forum

La Folle Journee is a music festival that originated in 1995 in Nantes, a port town in the northwest...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:2014.5.7
- 2014.5.8

Musashi-mitake Jinja Shrine Hinode Festival

The Hinode (Sunrise) Festival is the annual spring festival of Musashi-mitake Jinja Shrine. It has t...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.10
- 2014.6.8

Spring Rose Festival

Location: Kyu Furukawa Gardens

Designated as a national place of scenic beauty, the Kyu Furukawa Gardens is a rare spot that preser...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.14
- 2014.5.15

Kanda-matsuri Festival

Location: Kanda Myojin

Kanda-matsuri Festival is one of the three largest festivals in Edo, and indeed in all of Japan. The...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.16
- 2014.5.18

Sanja Matsuri (Sanja-sama)

Location: Asakusa Jinja Shrine

According to a legend, Hinokuma brothers Hamanari and Takenari pulled a Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) st...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.5.24
- 2014.5.25

Tokyo Minato Matsuri

Tokyo Minato Matsuri is held in and around the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal. The festival welcomes...

Updated: March 3, 2014

June

2014

Days:2014.5.10
- 2014.6.8

Spring Rose Festival

Location: Kyu Furukawa Gardens

Designated as a national place of scenic beauty, the Kyu Furukawa Gardens is a rare spot that preser...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Early-2014.6
- Late-2014.6

Hotaru no Yube (Evening Lit by Fireflies)

Location: Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato

Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato is a village-type recreation facility that offers a hands-on experience...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6
- Mid-2014.6

Torikoe Jinja Annual Festival

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

Torikoe Shrine has a long-standing history of almost 1,350 years and it is located on Kuramaebashi S...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6
- Mid-2014.6

Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri (Hydrangea Festival)

Location: Hakusan Jinja Shrine

Located in central Tokyo, the city of Bunkyo still maintains the atmosphere of old Edo and is known ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6
- Mid-2014.6

Katsushika Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival)

Location: Mizumoto Park

Katsushika City's Iris Festival is held at two locations, Horikiri Shobuen Iris Garden and Mizumoto ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.6
- Mid-2014.6

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri (Festival)

Location: Namiyoke Inari Jinja Shrine and its vicinity (for parade)

Located in Tsukiji, Namiyoke Inari Shrine is known as a place to pray for protection from disasters ...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Early-2014.6
- Mid-2014.6

Sanno Festival

The Sanno Festival is one of the three main festivals of Edo along with the Kanda Festival and Fukug...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.6
 

Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine Public Performances of Kagura and Gagaku Music and Dance

Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine’s traditional Daidai Kagura music and dance has been passed down for ove...

Updated: August 8, 2013

July

2014

Days:2014.7.6
- 2014.7.8

Iriya Asagao Matsuri (Morning Glory Festival)

Location: In and around Iriya Kishimojin

Iriya Asagao Matsuri, held from July 6 to 8 every year, is the largest festival in Japan dedicated t...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.7.9
- 2014.7.10

Hozuki-Ichi (Ground Cherry Pod Fair) at Senso-ji Temple

Location: Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple, built in 628, is said to be the oldest temple in Tokyo. This is a popular spot amon...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Mid-2014.7
- Mid-2014.8

Ueno Summer Festival

Location: Shinobazuno-ike Pond, Suijo Ongaku-do (lakefront concert hall), Ueno Park, Shinobazuno-ike lakeside, etc.

The summer festival in Ueno features a different event everyday, like a toro nagashi paper-lantern f...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.7
- Late-2014.7

Kagurazaka Matsuri Festival (Japanese Lantern Plant Market and Awa-odori Dance)

The backstreets of Kagurazaka are full of atmosphere and fun to explore. And the Kagurazaka Matsuri ...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.7
 

Chiyoda-ku Noryo no Yube (Lantern Floating Event)

Location: Chidorigafuchi Boathouse

On this day, some 700 lanterns sway in the moat of the Imperial Palace against a backdrop of the for...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Mid-2014.7
 

Hachijo-jima Island Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival)

Hachijo-jima Island is set to host a summer festival around its new town hall. It kicks off with a t...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.7
 

Edogawa Local Goldfish Festival

Location: Edogawa Municipal Gyosen Park

Goldfish farming started in Edogawa-ku during the Meiji period. Various events will be held to sprea...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Late-2014.7
 

Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri Festival

Location: Around Shinjuku Station East and West Exits

The Eisa Matsuri Festival originates in Okinawa as a ritual of kyu bon (old bon), to honor the spiri...

Updated: September 9, 2013

August

2014

Days:Mid-2014.7
- Mid-2014.8

Ueno Summer Festival

Location: Shinobazuno-ike Pond, Suijo Ongaku-do (lakefront concert hall), Ueno Park, Shinobazuno-ike lakeside, etc.

The summer festival in Ueno features a different event everyday, like a toro nagashi paper-lantern f...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Early-2014.8
 

Antique Jamboree

Location: Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall 1

Known as the largest antique event in Japan, the Antique Jamboree welcomes as many as 500 unique ven...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2014.8
- Mid-2014.8

Fussa Tanabata Festival

Location: Area around Fussa Station (West Exit)

August is the peak of summer, when the familiar annual event of the Tanabata Festival in Fussa is he...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.8
 

Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-odori Dance Festival

Location: Hibiya Park fountain and second flower garden

Every year, a huge crowd flocks to the urban bon-odori dance festival held in the osasis of Tokyo, H...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:2014.8.11
- 2014.8.15

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri (Tomioka Hanchiman-gu reisai) Festival

Location: At and around Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine

The annual festival at Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine, which is held around 15th August, is also known a...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2014.8
 

Asakusa Samba Carnival Parade and Contest

Location: Umamichi-dori Street and Kaminarimon-dori Street

The largest samba carnival in Japan is a perfect finale to summer in Asakusa. The event attracts aut...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Late-2014.8
 

Koenji Awa-odori Dance

Location: Along the shopping streets north and south of JR Koenji Station

The Koenji Awa-odori Dance has grown to be counted as a major summer event of Tokyo. The 56th event...

Updated: August 8, 2013

Days:Late-2014.8
 

Azabu-Juban Noryo-matsuri Festival

Azabu-Juban at first glance retains the lively and artistic shitamachi (downtown) feel of Edo-period...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:Late-2014.8
 

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival2014

The Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri festival brings the traditional yosakoi dance from its birthpl...

Updated: August 8, 2013

September

2014

Days:Mid-2014.9
- Late-2014.9

Fukuro Festival

Location: Ikebukuro West Exit special event site and various other locations in the vicinity of Ikebukuro Station

The Fukuro Festival began in 1968 as a promotional event for four local shopping districts on the we...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.9
- Mid-2014.10

Hagi (Bush Clover) Festival

Location: Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

The event invites people to spend a day at the gardens and enjoy the tasteful elegance of fall plant...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.9
- Late-2014.9

Nezujinja shrine Annual Grand Festival

Location: Nezujinja shrin

Nezujinja shrine is renowned for the approximately 3,000 rhododendron plants that bloom there during...

Updated: October 10, 2013

October

2014

Days:Mid-2014.9
- Mid-2014.10

Hagi (Bush Clover) Festival

Location: Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

The event invites people to spend a day at the gardens and enjoy the tasteful elegance of fall plant...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:2014.10.11
- 2014.10.13

Ikegami Honmonji Temple - Oeshiki Festival

Oeshiki is a Buddhist festival commemorating the anniversary of Saint Nichiren's death. Although it ...

Updated: October 10, 2013

Days:2014.10.19
- 2014.10.20

Nihombashi Ebisu-ko Bettara-ichi (Pickle Fair)

Location: Takarada Ebisu Jinja Shrine

Held around Takarada Ebisu Jinja Shrine and its vicinity, this fair is a popular seasonal event in t...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2014.10
 

Kiba no kakunori (Kiba square log rolling)

Location: 30th Koto City Resident Festival: Kiba Park Event Pond

The Kiba area of Koto-ku derives its name from the once prolific lumberyards and warehouses. (Kiba i...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Late-2014.10
- Mid-2014.11

Takahata-fudoson Kiku Matsuri (Kongo-ji Temple Chrysanthemum Festival)

Location: Takahata-fudoson Temple

Takahata-fudoson Kongo-ji Temple is hosting in its premises a chrysanthemum festival. Chrysanthemum...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:Late-2014.10
- Early-2014.11

Kanda Used Book Festival

*Cancelled in case of rain This festival is the largest annual event in the Jinbo-cho district in...

Updated: March 3, 2014

November

2014

Days:Late-2014.10
- Mid-2014.11

Takahata-fudoson Kiku Matsuri (Kongo-ji Temple Chrysanthemum Festival)

Location: Takahata-fudoson Temple

Takahata-fudoson Kongo-ji Temple is hosting in its premises a chrysanthemum festival. Chrysanthemum...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:Late-2014.10
- Early-2014.11

Kanda Used Book Festival

*Cancelled in case of rain This festival is the largest annual event in the Jinbo-cho district in...

Updated: March 3, 2014

Days:Early-2014.11
- Late-2014.11

Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair

Tori-no-ichi is an annual traditional festival held at shrines and temples nationwide on set days (r...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:Early-2014.11
 

Dream Yosacoy Festival

The Dream Yosacoy Festival is based on the yosakoi dance that started in Kochi to celebrate postwar ...

Updated: April 4, 2014

Days:2014.11.1
- 2014.11.23

Bunkyo Kiku Matsuri (Chrysanthemum Festival)

Location: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine's precincts

The Bunkyo Chrysanthemum Festival is held at Yushima Tenjin Shrine, which is widely known as the dei...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:2014.11.1
- 2014.11.23

Tokyo Metropolitan Tourism Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Location: Hibiya Park Kusachi Hiroba

Chrysanthemum exhibitions are held throughout Japan in the autumn. Among these, the Tokyo Metropolit...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:2014.11.3
 

Tokyo Historical Festival

While it has been 540 years since the completion of the Edo-jo castle by Ota Dokan and 410 years sin...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.11
 

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

Location: between Oiwake-cho and Kobotoke Sekisho (checking station), Precincts of Ryonan Park

Those gingko trees were planted along the streets when the city expanded the Tama Goryo in the Showa...

Updated: November 11, 2013

Days:Late-2014.11
- Mid-2014.12

Fall Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

Location: Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Gardens is one of the most known daimyo teien (garden of feudal lord) from the Edo Period, ...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:Late-2014.11
 

Doburoku Matsuri

Location: Koami Jinja shrine

Koami Jinja is one of the few existing shrines constructed with bishu-hinoki (cypress) in Chuo-ward ...

Updated: December 12, 2013

December

2014

Days:Late-2014.11
- Mid-2014.12

Fall Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens

Location: Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Gardens is one of the most known daimyo teien (garden of feudal lord) from the Edo Period, ...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:2014.12.6
 

Oji Kumade Ichi (bamboo rake festival at Oji Shrine)

Location: Oji Shrine

Tori-no-Ichi, or the Rooster Fair, is held nationwide in November (some areas hold it in December) a...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:Mid-2014.12
 

Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi Shoe Market

Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi is organized by neighborhood merchants of shoes and other footwear to invi...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:2014.12.14
 

"Gishi-sai" (a fete to commemorate the loyal avenge)

Location: Sengakuji Temple

This is a traditional event based on a historical fact that 47 Ako roshi (masterless samurai) manage...

Updated: December 12, 2013

Days:2014.12.17
- 2014.12.19

Hagoita-ichi (Fair)

Location: Sensoji Temple

Hagoita Fair is a popular annual event in Asakusa that is held as the year nears its end. Tens of ve...

Updated: February 2, 2014

Days:2014.12.31
- 2015.1.1

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-14 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that on New Year’s Eve, foxes gathered from across Japan under a large tree and disgui...

Updated: January 1, 2014

Days:2014.12.31
- 2015.1.1

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

Location: Ogamiyama-koen Park Festival Plaza (3-min. walk from Ogasawara-maru passenger waiting area)

Chichijima Island, in the town of Ogasawara-mura, is set to hold a New Year countdown and Japan’s ea...

Updated: January 1, 2014