Traveling Traditional Japan

Upcoming Traditional Events around Tokyo

There are many traditional rituals and festivals going on all year round around Tokyo. Below are notable upcoming traditional events.

Central Tokyo

Dec 22, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020

Public viewing of Takamikura and Michodai at Tokyo National Museum (高御座と御帳台の公開)

13-9 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
9:30am-5pm. Closed on Mondays, Dec 23 to Jan 1 and Jan 17. Thrones used for the enthronement of the emperor and empress to be on display. This event itself is free of charge, but admission required if you want to see other exhibits.
源覚寺 火渡り
Jan 16, 2020

Enma Reitaisai at Genkakuji Temple (源覚寺 閻魔例大祭)

2-23-14 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Fire walking from 12am

Some more (smaller ones)

Jan 15-16

Setagaya Boroichi (世田谷ボロ市)

Near Tokyu Setagaya Line Kamimachi Station, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
9am-8pm. A large flee market selling various things.
浅草寺 亡者送り
Jan 18

Moja-okuri at Sensoji Temple (浅草寺 亡者送り)

2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
Around 6pm, two men disguised as evil spirits run around the precincts, hitting torches in their hands at the ground. People pick up the pieces of the torches as luck charms. It'll be over in 10 minutes.
神田明神 だいこく祭
Jan 19

Shijoryu Hocho-gishiki at Kanda Shrine (神田明神 四條流包丁儀式)

2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
A hocho knife ritual is held from 0pm as part of the Daikoku-sai.

Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Jan 19, 2020

Kanchu Mikoshi Rensei Taikai (寒中神輿錬成大会)

Katase Beach, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
From 11:40am, four mikoshi goes into the sea.

Some more (smaller ones)

Jan 28 Hatsu Fudo Taisai at Takahata Fudo Temple (高幡不動尊 初不動大祭)
733 Takahata, Hino City, Tokyo [MAP]
There will be stalls selling daruma dolls and foods. At 2pm there's a children's procession.