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2016

Oct 15, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

Festival/Tokyo Performing Arts Festival launching from Tokyo

Location: Six venues including Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Owl Spot Theater, and Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory

Festival/Tokyo (F/T) is an international performing arts event that aspires to open up new possibili...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Nov 19, 2016 - Dec 7, 2016

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: October 10, 2016

Nov 26, 2016 - Dec 25, 2016

Festival of Light 2016

Location: Takenotsuka Station area : Trees along the road from Takenotsuka Station to Motofuchie Park

Hikari no Saiten (Festival of Light) is given a big revamp this year. A new tree embellished with fu...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Dec 3, 2016 - Dec 25, 2016

Showakinen Park Winter Vista Illumination

Showa Kinen Park stages an illumination display based on a different theme each year. The main theme...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Dec 6, 2016 

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: October 10, 2016

Dec 14, 2016 

"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: November 11, 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - Dec 16, 2016

Setagaya Boro-ichi (Fair)

Location: Boro-ichi dori Street and surrounding area

Designated as one of Tokyo’s intangible folk cultural assets, the Setagaya Boro-ichi Fair has been a...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Dec 17, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi Shoe Market

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

Updated: November 11, 2016

Dec 17, 2016 - Dec 19, 2016

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: November 11, 2016

Dec 24, 2016 - Dec 28, 2016

Tokyo Michiterasu 2016

Location: Gyoko-dori Street / Marunouchi area

Tokyo Michiterasu presents an atmosphere of light with balloons containing LED bulbs, walls built fr...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-13 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that long ago, even before the advent of the Edo period in 1603, on New Year’s Eve fox...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

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

A New Year count down party will be held on December 31st on Chichijima Island of the Ogasawara Isla...

Updated: November 11, 2016

2017

Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-13 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that long ago, even before the advent of the Edo period in 1603, on New Year’s Eve fox...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

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

A New Year count down party will be held on December 31st on Chichijima Island of the Ogasawara Isla...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Jan 1, 2017 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.1 

Tondo-yaki

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.1 

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: October 10, 2016

Jan 24, 2017 - Jan 25, 2017

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: November 11, 2016

Jan 28, 2017 

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: December 12, 2016

Jan 29, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017

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: December 12, 2016

Feb 3, 2017 

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: October 10, 2016

Feb 3, 2017 

"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: October 10, 2016

Feb 3, 2017 

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: November 11, 2016

Mid-2017.2 - Early-2017.3

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.2 - Early-2017.3

Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Hanegi Park

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.2 - Late-2017.2

The Ohme 30 & 10 km Road Race

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

The Ohme 30 & 10 km Road Race is one of the major citizen marathon races in Japan. The race expects ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Feb 12, 2017 

Kite Market

Location: Oji Inari Jinja Shrine

A Kite Market is held on the Day of the Horse every February. This event is inspired by the common p...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.2 - Early-2017.3

Edo Nagashibina (Floating Ceremony of Paper Hina Dolls)

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.3 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.3 - Mid-2017.4

NIHONBASHI SAKURA FESTIVAL

Nihonbashi Sakura Festival features a series of spring events for admiring sakura, or cherry blossom...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mar 18, 2017 

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: October 10, 2016

Mar 18, 2017 

Asakusa Kannon Jigen-e

Location: Sensoji Temple

On March 18 in the year 628, two fishermen brothers were catching fish in Edoura (the Sumidagawa Riv...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.3 - Early-2017.4

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: November 11, 2016

Late-2017.3 - Early-2017.4

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: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.3 - Early-2017.4

Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.3 - Early-2017.4

Sumida Park Sakura-matsuri Festival

The Sumidagawa River is a celebrated destination for admiring cherry blossoms since the premodern Ed...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.3 - Early-2017.4

Bokutei Sakura-matsuri Festival

The Sumidagawa River became the most celebrated destination for admiring cherry blossoms in Edo, or ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.4 - Early-2017.5

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: October 10, 2016

Apr 8, 2017 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.4 

Yabusame (Horseback archery)

Location: Sumida Park

The Asakusa school of Yabusame or the horseback archery had been practiced as a New Year event in th...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.4 

Mt. Takao Annual Spring Festival

Location: Mt. Takao Yakuoin Temple

Mt. Takao, standing some 600 meters above sea level, is an oasis of nature in Tokyo that attracts 2....

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.4 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.4 

Asakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura-matsuri Festival (Edo Yoshiwara Oiran-dochu Procession)

Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Asakusa Kannon-ura. Each year, crowds f...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.4 

Daidai Kagura

Daidai Kagura is a traditional performing art presented before Shinto gods. Legend says the ritual a...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Apr 30, 2017 - May 6, 2017

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: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.5 - Late-2017.5

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: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.5 - Mid-2017.5

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.5 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.5 

Tokyo Minato Matsuri

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.6 - Mid-2017.6

Torikoe Jinja Annual Festival

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

Torikoe Shrine has a long-standing history of almost 1,360 years and it is located on Kuramaebashi S...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.6 - Mid-2017.6

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: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.6 - Late-2017.6

Katsushika Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival)

Location: (Horikiri Shobuen) 2-19-1 Horikiri, Katsushika-ku

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.6 - Late-2017.6

Fussa Firefly Festival

The “Fussa Hotaru (Firefly) Festival” takes place in Fussa with the coming of early summer. Approxim...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.6 

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: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.7 

Hachioji Summer Market

Hachioji Summer Market takes place on Nishi Hoshasen U-Road, running from Hachioji Station North Exi...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Jul 6, 2017 - Jul 8, 2017

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: December 12, 2016

Jul 9, 2017 - Jul 10, 2017

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.7 

Africa Hibiya Festival

Africa Hibiya Festival presents a fun experience of African culture through offerings including a fo...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.7 - Mid-2017.8

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: November 11, 2016

Mid-2017.7 - Late-2017.7

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: December 12, 2016

Mid-2017.7 

Koganei Awaodori Dance Competition

Location: Plaza in front of the North Exit of JR Musashi-Koganei Station, Koganei Road North Exit, Musako Street, rotary in front of South Exit of station

“Koganei Awaodori” has become a representative annual summer activity for Koganei City. Many groups,...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.7 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.7 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.7 

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: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.7 

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: December 12, 2016

Late-2017.7 

Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Location: Venue 1: Sakura-bashi Bridge downstream–Kototoi-bashi Bridge upstream, Venue 2: Komagata-bashi Bridge downstream–Umaya-bashi Bridge upstream

The history of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival dates far back to 1733. Although suspended on sev...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.8 - Mid-2017.8

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: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.8 

Nogi-jinja Shrine Summer Festival

The Nogi-jinja Shrine Summer Festival features retro lighting and costumes replicating the matsuri a...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.8 - Mid-2017.8

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: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.8 - Mid-2017.8

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri Festival

Location: Ten shopping streets including Asagaya Pearl Center

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri is known nationwide as one of the three greatest festivals of its kind in J...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.8 

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: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.8 - Early-2017.9

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Location: Ishii Farm / Kodera Farm

The Kiyose Sunflower Festival started in 2008 to offer a sweeping view of brilliant yellow under the...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.8 - Late-2017.8

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival2017

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.8 

Asakusa Summer Night Festival—Toro Nagashi (Paper Lantern Floating)

Location: Toro Nagashi section of Sumida-gawa River Walking course between Azuma-bashi and Kototoi-bashi bridges Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace

Toro Nagashi is a symbol of summer with the soothing beauty of paper lanterns floating along the tra...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.8 

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: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.8 

36th 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: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.8 

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: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.8 

Azabu-Juban Noryo-matsuri Festival

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Early-2017.9 - Late-2017.10

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2016

Location: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony welcomes even novices in the Japanese tea ceremony to experience the cultur...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Early-2017.9 - Mid-2017.9

The 15th TOKYO JAZZ

Location: Tokyo International Forum Hall A

The Tokyo Jazz Festival is the largest jazz event in Japan. This authentic jazz festival captivates ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.9 - Late-2017.9

Meguro Kumin Matsuri (Meguro Sun Festival)

Meguro Kumin Matsuri (Meguro Sun Festival) is one of the largest festivals in Meguro-ku, comprising ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.9 - Mid-2017.10

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, 2016

Mid-2017.9 - Late-2017.9

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, 2016

Mid-2017.9 - Late-2017.9

17th Fiesta Mexicana 2016 in Odaiba Tokyo

Location: West Promenade, Daiba, Minato-ku

Fiesta Mexicana is an annual event which celebrates Mexico's Independence Day (September 16). Manage...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.9 

Shinagawa Shukuba-matsuri Festival

Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri is a festival for celebrating the tradition and culture of Shinagawa, an a...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.9 

Fukuro Matsuri (Ikebukuro Festival)

Location: Event space in front of the Ikebukuro Station West Exit and other areas around the station

Fukuro Matsuri (Ikebukuro Festival) was launched in 1968 by four shop associations in the Ikebukuro ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Sep 27, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017

Okunitama Jinja Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival

Location: Okunitama Jinja Shrine

The Chestnut Festival, the Autumn Festival of Okunitama Jinja Shrine, is as its name indicates a fes...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.10 

Ikegami Honmonji Temple - Oeshiki Festival

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Mid-2017.10 

Tokyo Yosakoi

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

Tokyo Yosakoi is organized by four shop associations in the Ikebukuro Station West Exit area in Octo...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Oct 19, 2017 - Oct 20, 2017

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: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.10 - Mid-2017.11

Tokyo Ramen Show 2016

Location: Central Plaza, Komazawa Olympic Park

Tokyo Ramen Show is one of Japan’s largest outdoor events dedicated to ramen noodles. It presents, i...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Late-2017.10 

Kiba no kakunori (Kiba square log rolling)

Location: 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: October 10, 2016

Late-2017.10 - Early-2017.11

Kanda Used Book Festival

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

Updated: November 11, 2016

Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 23, 2017

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, 2016

Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 23, 2017

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, 2016

Mid-2017.11 

Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2016

O-edo Tour turns the streets of Kagurazaka into a showcase for various traditional Japanese performi...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Mid-2017.11 

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, 2016

Late-2017.11 

Doburoku Matsuri

Location: Koami Jinja shrine

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

Updated: November 11, 2016

January

2017

Days:Dec 31, 2016
- Jan 1, 2017

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-13 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that long ago, even before the advent of the Edo period in 1603, on New Year’s Eve fox...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Days:Dec 31, 2016
- Jan 1, 2017

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

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

A New Year count down party will be held on December 31st on Chichijima Island of the Ogasawara Isla...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Jan 1, 2017
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.1
 

Tondo-yaki

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.1
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Jan 24, 2017
- Jan 25, 2017

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: November 11, 2016

Days:Jan 28, 2017
 

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: December 12, 2016

Days:Jan 29, 2017
- Mar 26, 2017

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: December 12, 2016

February

2017

Days:Jan 29, 2017
- Mar 26, 2017

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: December 12, 2016

Days:Feb 3, 2017
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Feb 3, 2017
 

"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: October 10, 2016

Days:Feb 3, 2017
 

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: November 11, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.2
- Early-2017.3

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.2
- Early-2017.3

Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Hanegi Park

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.2
- Late-2017.2

The Ohme 30 & 10 km Road Race

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

The Ohme 30 & 10 km Road Race is one of the major citizen marathon races in Japan. The race expects ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Feb 12, 2017
 

Kite Market

Location: Oji Inari Jinja Shrine

A Kite Market is held on the Day of the Horse every February. This event is inspired by the common p...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.2
- Early-2017.3

Edo Nagashibina (Floating Ceremony of Paper Hina Dolls)

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: October 10, 2016

March

2017

Days:Jan 29, 2017
- Mar 26, 2017

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: December 12, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.2
- Early-2017.3

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.2
- Early-2017.3

Setagaya Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

Location: Hanegi Park

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.2
- Early-2017.3

Edo Nagashibina (Floating Ceremony of Paper Hina Dolls)

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.3
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.3
- Mid-2017.4

NIHONBASHI SAKURA FESTIVAL

Nihonbashi Sakura Festival features a series of spring events for admiring sakura, or cherry blossom...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mar 18, 2017
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mar 18, 2017
 

Asakusa Kannon Jigen-e

Location: Sensoji Temple

On March 18 in the year 628, two fishermen brothers were catching fish in Edoura (the Sumidagawa Riv...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

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: November 11, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

Sumida Park Sakura-matsuri Festival

The Sumidagawa River is a celebrated destination for admiring cherry blossoms since the premodern Ed...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

Bokutei Sakura-matsuri Festival

The Sumidagawa River became the most celebrated destination for admiring cherry blossoms in Edo, or ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

April

2017

Days:Mid-2017.3
- Mid-2017.4

NIHONBASHI SAKURA FESTIVAL

Nihonbashi Sakura Festival features a series of spring events for admiring sakura, or cherry blossom...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

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: November 11, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

Freesia Festival in Hachijojima Island

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

Sumida Park Sakura-matsuri Festival

The Sumidagawa River is a celebrated destination for admiring cherry blossoms since the premodern Ed...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.3
- Early-2017.4

Bokutei Sakura-matsuri Festival

The Sumidagawa River became the most celebrated destination for admiring cherry blossoms in Edo, or ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.4
- Early-2017.5

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Apr 8, 2017
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.4
 

Yabusame (Horseback archery)

Location: Sumida Park

The Asakusa school of Yabusame or the horseback archery had been practiced as a New Year event in th...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.4
 

Mt. Takao Annual Spring Festival

Location: Mt. Takao Yakuoin Temple

Mt. Takao, standing some 600 meters above sea level, is an oasis of nature in Tokyo that attracts 2....

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.4
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.4
 

Asakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura-matsuri Festival (Edo Yoshiwara Oiran-dochu Procession)

Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Asakusa Kannon-ura. Each year, crowds f...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.4
 

Daidai Kagura

Daidai Kagura is a traditional performing art presented before Shinto gods. Legend says the ritual a...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Apr 30, 2017
- May 6, 2017

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: October 10, 2016

May

2017

Days:Early-2017.4
- Early-2017.5

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Apr 30, 2017
- May 6, 2017

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.5
- Late-2017.5

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.5
- Mid-2017.5

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.5
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.5
 

Tokyo Minato Matsuri

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

June

2017

Days:Early-2017.6
- Mid-2017.6

Torikoe Jinja Annual Festival

Location: Torikoe Jinja Shrine

Torikoe Shrine has a long-standing history of almost 1,360 years and it is located on Kuramaebashi S...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.6
- Mid-2017.6

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.6
- Late-2017.6

Katsushika Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival)

Location: (Horikiri Shobuen) 2-19-1 Horikiri, Katsushika-ku

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.6
- Late-2017.6

Fussa Firefly Festival

The “Fussa Hotaru (Firefly) Festival” takes place in Fussa with the coming of early summer. Approxim...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.6
 

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: October 10, 2016

July

2017

Days:Early-2017.7
 

Hachioji Summer Market

Hachioji Summer Market takes place on Nishi Hoshasen U-Road, running from Hachioji Station North Exi...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Jul 6, 2017
- Jul 8, 2017

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: December 12, 2016

Days:Jul 9, 2017
- Jul 10, 2017

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.7
 

Africa Hibiya Festival

Africa Hibiya Festival presents a fun experience of African culture through offerings including a fo...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.7
- Mid-2017.8

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: November 11, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.7
- Late-2017.7

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: December 12, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.7
 

Koganei Awaodori Dance Competition

Location: Plaza in front of the North Exit of JR Musashi-Koganei Station, Koganei Road North Exit, Musako Street, rotary in front of South Exit of station

“Koganei Awaodori” has become a representative annual summer activity for Koganei City. Many groups,...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.7
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.7
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.7
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.7
 

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: December 12, 2016

Days:Late-2017.7
 

Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Location: Venue 1: Sakura-bashi Bridge downstream–Kototoi-bashi Bridge upstream, Venue 2: Komagata-bashi Bridge downstream–Umaya-bashi Bridge upstream

The history of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival dates far back to 1733. Although suspended on sev...

Updated: October 10, 2016

August

2017

Days:Mid-2017.7
- Mid-2017.8

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: November 11, 2016

Days:Early-2017.8
- Mid-2017.8

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.8
 

Nogi-jinja Shrine Summer Festival

The Nogi-jinja Shrine Summer Festival features retro lighting and costumes replicating the matsuri a...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.8
- Mid-2017.8

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.8
- Mid-2017.8

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri Festival

Location: Ten shopping streets including Asagaya Pearl Center

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri is known nationwide as one of the three greatest festivals of its kind in J...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.8
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.8
- Early-2017.9

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Location: Ishii Farm / Kodera Farm

The Kiyose Sunflower Festival started in 2008 to offer a sweeping view of brilliant yellow under the...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.8
- Late-2017.8

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival2017

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.8
 

Asakusa Summer Night Festival—Toro Nagashi (Paper Lantern Floating)

Location: Toro Nagashi section of Sumida-gawa River Walking course between Azuma-bashi and Kototoi-bashi bridges Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace

Toro Nagashi is a symbol of summer with the soothing beauty of paper lanterns floating along the tra...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.8
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.8
 

36th 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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.8
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.8
 

Azabu-Juban Noryo-matsuri Festival

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

September

2017

Days:Mid-2017.8
- Early-2017.9

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

Location: Ishii Farm / Kodera Farm

The Kiyose Sunflower Festival started in 2008 to offer a sweeping view of brilliant yellow under the...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Early-2017.9
- Late-2017.10

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2016

Location: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony welcomes even novices in the Japanese tea ceremony to experience the cultur...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Early-2017.9
- Mid-2017.9

The 15th TOKYO JAZZ

Location: Tokyo International Forum Hall A

The Tokyo Jazz Festival is the largest jazz event in Japan. This authentic jazz festival captivates ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.9
- Late-2017.9

Meguro Kumin Matsuri (Meguro Sun Festival)

Meguro Kumin Matsuri (Meguro Sun Festival) is one of the largest festivals in Meguro-ku, comprising ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.9
- Mid-2017.10

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, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.9
- Late-2017.9

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, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.9
- Late-2017.9

17th Fiesta Mexicana 2016 in Odaiba Tokyo

Location: West Promenade, Daiba, Minato-ku

Fiesta Mexicana is an annual event which celebrates Mexico's Independence Day (September 16). Manage...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.9
 

Shinagawa Shukuba-matsuri Festival

Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri is a festival for celebrating the tradition and culture of Shinagawa, an a...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.9
 

Fukuro Matsuri (Ikebukuro Festival)

Location: Event space in front of the Ikebukuro Station West Exit and other areas around the station

Fukuro Matsuri (Ikebukuro Festival) was launched in 1968 by four shop associations in the Ikebukuro ...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Sep 27, 2017
- Sep 28, 2017

Okunitama Jinja Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival

Location: Okunitama Jinja Shrine

The Chestnut Festival, the Autumn Festival of Okunitama Jinja Shrine, is as its name indicates a fes...

Updated: October 10, 2016

October

2016

Days:Oct 15, 2016
- Dec 11, 2016

Festival/Tokyo Performing Arts Festival launching from Tokyo

Location: Six venues including Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Owl Spot Theater, and Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory

Festival/Tokyo (F/T) is an international performing arts event that aspires to open up new possibili...

Updated: October 10, 2016

2017

Days:Early-2017.9
- Late-2017.10

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2016

Location: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony welcomes even novices in the Japanese tea ceremony to experience the cultur...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.9
- Mid-2017.10

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, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.10
 

Ikegami Honmonji Temple - Oeshiki Festival

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

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.10
 

Tokyo Yosakoi

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

Tokyo Yosakoi is organized by four shop associations in the Ikebukuro Station West Exit area in Octo...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Oct 19, 2017
- Oct 20, 2017

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.10
- Mid-2017.11

Tokyo Ramen Show 2016

Location: Central Plaza, Komazawa Olympic Park

Tokyo Ramen Show is one of Japan’s largest outdoor events dedicated to ramen noodles. It presents, i...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Late-2017.10
 

Kiba no kakunori (Kiba square log rolling)

Location: 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: October 10, 2016

Days:Late-2017.10
- Early-2017.11

Kanda Used Book Festival

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

Updated: November 11, 2016

November

2016

Days:Oct 15, 2016
- Dec 11, 2016

Festival/Tokyo Performing Arts Festival launching from Tokyo

Location: Six venues including Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Owl Spot Theater, and Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory

Festival/Tokyo (F/T) is an international performing arts event that aspires to open up new possibili...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Nov 19, 2016
- Dec 7, 2016

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Nov 26, 2016
- Dec 25, 2016

Festival of Light 2016

Location: Takenotsuka Station area : Trees along the road from Takenotsuka Station to Motofuchie Park

Hikari no Saiten (Festival of Light) is given a big revamp this year. A new tree embellished with fu...

Updated: December 12, 2016

2017

Days:Late-2017.10
- Mid-2017.11

Tokyo Ramen Show 2016

Location: Central Plaza, Komazawa Olympic Park

Tokyo Ramen Show is one of Japan’s largest outdoor events dedicated to ramen noodles. It presents, i...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Late-2017.10
- Early-2017.11

Kanda Used Book Festival

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

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Nov 1, 2017
- Nov 23, 2017

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, 2016

Days:Nov 1, 2017
- Nov 23, 2017

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, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.11
 

Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2016

O-edo Tour turns the streets of Kagurazaka into a showcase for various traditional Japanese performi...

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Mid-2017.11
 

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, 2016

Days:Late-2017.11
 

Doburoku Matsuri

Location: Koami Jinja shrine

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

Updated: November 11, 2016

December

2016

Days:Oct 15, 2016
- Dec 11, 2016

Festival/Tokyo Performing Arts Festival launching from Tokyo

Location: Six venues including Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Owl Spot Theater, and Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory

Festival/Tokyo (F/T) is an international performing arts event that aspires to open up new possibili...

Updated: October 10, 2016

Days:Nov 19, 2016
- Dec 7, 2016

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Nov 26, 2016
- Dec 25, 2016

Festival of Light 2016

Location: Takenotsuka Station area : Trees along the road from Takenotsuka Station to Motofuchie Park

Hikari no Saiten (Festival of Light) is given a big revamp this year. A new tree embellished with fu...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Days:Dec 3, 2016
- Dec 25, 2016

Showakinen Park Winter Vista Illumination

Showa Kinen Park stages an illumination display based on a different theme each year. The main theme...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Days:Dec 6, 2016
 

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: October 10, 2016

Days:Dec 14, 2016
 

"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: November 11, 2016

Days:Dec 15, 2016
- Dec 16, 2016

Setagaya Boro-ichi (Fair)

Location: Boro-ichi dori Street and surrounding area

Designated as one of Tokyo’s intangible folk cultural assets, the Setagaya Boro-ichi Fair has been a...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Days:Dec 17, 2016
- Dec 18, 2016

Hanakawado Hakidaore-ichi Shoe Market

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

Updated: November 11, 2016

Days:Dec 17, 2016
- Dec 19, 2016

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: November 11, 2016

Days:Dec 24, 2016
- Dec 28, 2016

Tokyo Michiterasu 2016

Location: Gyoko-dori Street / Marunouchi area

Tokyo Michiterasu presents an atmosphere of light with balloons containing LED bulbs, walls built fr...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Days:Dec 31, 2016
- Jan 1, 2017

Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade

Location: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine, 2-30-13 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo; Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, 1-12-26 Kishi-machi, Kita-ku, Tokyo; and other locations

Legend has it that long ago, even before the advent of the Edo period in 1603, on New Year’s Eve fox...

Updated: December 12, 2016

Days:Dec 31, 2016
- Jan 1, 2017

New Year countdown & Japan’s earliest beach opening ceremony

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

A New Year count down party will be held on December 31st on Chichijima Island of the Ogasawara Isla...

Updated: November 11, 2016