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Updated: August 17, 2023
This is the month when Tokyo glides from summer to autumn. You can enjoy the best of both worlds with quintessential summer activities, such as fireworks displays, and festivals celebrating the arrival of autumnal plants and foods.
In early September, the city is still experiencing high heat and humidity. But later in the month the heat relents, and the weather is often very pleasant. The average temperature is 23.3℃ (74℉), with highs of 27.5℃ (81℉) and lows of 20.3℃ (69℉). Partly because typhoons may pass by at this time of year, September is one of Tokyo's wetter months, so bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella. Keep an eye on the news for the latest typhoon information.
The Asakusa Samba Carnival is Japan's largest samba carnival, and a perfect match for the summer months. Authentic samba teams in gorgeous costumes gather from all over Japan to dance in a parade formation alongside unique floats. This is a wonderful opportunity to see Japan's top samba talents showcase their skills in this fun cross-cultural event.
Note: The 2023 festival will be held on a smaller scale.
This famous Kanto region fireworks festival has been around for over 30 years. Since the 1920s, Chofu City has been home to numerous companies connected to film and video production. The city even earned the nickname "Hollywood of the East" in the 1950s. Many movies, television dramas, commercials and more continue to be filmed in the city to this day. This annual event combines music from the movies and fireworks in a special display known as "hanabillusion." The display features around 10,000 fireworks exploding in the night sky above the Tama River.
Chofu's Autumn Fireworks 2023 (38th Chofu City Fireworks Festival)
Around 4.4 million cosmos flowers come into bloom across three meadows in Showa Kinen Park, covering some 20,000 square meters. In addition, you can enjoy various events involving arts, culture, and sports, with innumerable cool places to take photos.
This festival is said to have originated in 1714, when it was founded by the shogun. One of the biggest events in the country back then, it remains a lively affair with many stalls and traditional dance performances. Nezu-jinja Shrine's 18th-century buildings deepen a sense of history.
Nezu-jinja Shrine Annual Grand Festival
Shinagawa was once the first stop on the road connecting Tokyo (then called Edo) and Kyoto. Each September, people celebrate that heritage by dressing up in period costume. You can see Edo-style vendors, newsboys, and fire-walking. This energetic event also features food stalls and a traffic safety parade, etc.
Shinagawa Shukuba-matsuri Festival
2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the Kita City fireworks festival. This riverside show sets a dramatic firework display to music. Enjoy the concert-level acoustics and the sight of fireworks being launched right before your eyes. Close to 10,000 fireworks will be fired off into the night sky.
You can see videos of the fireworks on the official festival homepage.
Kita City Fireworks Festival
Hagi (bush clover) is another flower associated with autumn. One of the best places to see these delicate blooms is Mukojima-Hyakkaen Garden, a beautiful flower garden with over 200 years of history. Every September, hagi grown over a 30-meter-long bamboo frame to create a floral tunnel is in bloom.
Hagi Matsuri (Bush Clover Festival)
Fukuro Matsuri is held on the west side of Ikebukuro Station. The festival was first held in 1968, when it was centered on a local shopping street. Fukuro Matsuri now attracts tens of thousands of people, with a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade as well as energetic music and dance performances.
Shinjuku Gyoen hosts the annual Mori no Takigi Noh event sometime between September and October. This event features traditional performances of Noh drama and kyogen (Japanese comedy) in a spectacular garden setting. Flaming torches light the stage. The garden is kept open late for this event, allowing you a rare nighttime glimpse of Shinjuku Gyoen.