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Updated: October 3, 2023

Local festivals to celebrate the Autumn season

With almost 40 million people packed into the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, there are countless festivals and celebrations taking place across the region. Presented by local residents, who take pride in showcasing their neighborhood to the rest of the city, these festivals will give you a first-hand glimpse into the centuries-old traditions of the city. On top of that, they are also an excuse to let loose a bit and enjoy some cheer.


  • Be sure to confirm specific dates and venues prior to your visit
  • The autumn weather varies significantly from September to December. Be sure to pack accordingly

Kichijoji Autumn Festival


For over 40 years, locals in Kichijoji have kicked off the start of fall with a bang, carrying portable mikoshi shrines through the streets and gathering around Musashino Hachimangu Shrine. The festival takes place at the beginning of September.
Kichijoji Autumn Festival

Shinagawa Shukuba-matsuri Festival


The Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri is an annual two-day event, held in late September, celebrating the tradition and cultural heritage of Tokyo's Shinagawa ward. The event features parades, Tsuji Rakugo storytelling, taiko drumming, food, refreshments, and other interesting attractions. This festival is a delight for solo travelers and large groups alike.
Shinagawa Shukuba-matsuri Festival

Fukuro Matsuri


The Fukuro Matsuri is an annual festival that has been held in Ikebukuro since 1968. This event takes place over two days. On the first day, an opening ceremony is held in the evening. The next day features a portable shrine parade, traditional lion dances, and hayashi music festival performances.
Fukuro Matsuri

Tokyo Yosakoi


Tokyo Yosakoi is a festival held in October as the second half of the Fukuro Matsuri. This yosakoi dance event features over 100 teams from all over Japan. The teams wear traditional costumes and perform routines to the standard yosakoi folk song, as well as folk songs from other areas.
Tokyo Yosakoi

Asakusa Tori no Ichi


Tori no Ichi events are held on select days in November at various shrines in the city. One of the most spectacular versions of this traditional festival takes place at Ohtori Jinja Shrine and Chokoku-ji Temple in Asakusa. Locals and travelers alike gather to pray for good fortune and health. The lively calls of vendors on the grounds can be heard as they sell charms and good-luck rakes. Nearby stalls offer hearty food and souvenirs until late into the evening.
Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair

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