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.

Some more (smaller ones)

六義園 紅葉と大名庭園のライトアップ
Nov 20-Dec 12

Fall Illumination at Rikugien Gardens (六義園 紅葉と大名庭園のライトアップ)

6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
An illumination event for autumn tints. From sunset to 9pm, admission 300yen.
Dec 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 羽子板市
Dec 17-19

Hagoita-ichi at Sensoji Temple (浅草寺 羽子板市)

2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
About 30 stalls selling hagoita will be set up. 9am-9pm.

Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Dec 10, 2019

Tookamachi at Omiya Hikawa Shrine (大宮氷川神社 十日市)

1-407 Takahanacho, Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
0am (in the midnight)-11pm. About 2,000 stalls are set up, some of them selling decorated rakes as lucky charms.
Dec 12, 2019

Juninchi-machi Market at Tsuki Shrine (調神社 十二日まち)

3-17-25 Kishicho, Urawa-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
11am-9:30pm. About 1,000 stalls will be set up.
Dec 15, 2019

Okame-ichi Market at Kawaguchi Shrine (川口神社 おかめ市)

6-15 Kanayamacho, Kawaguchi City, Saitama Pref.[MAP]
[Photos] 1pm-10pm. Several hundred stalls will be set up.

Some more (smaller ones)

Dec 17 Okameichi at Warabi Shrine (和楽備神社 おかめ市)
4-20-19 Chuo, Warabi City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
[Photos] Many stalls will be set up, though not so many as that of Tsuki Shrine
Dec 19 Hoshi-matsuri at Tajima Ontake Shrine (田島御嶽神社 鎮火星祭大祭)
3-28-30 Tajima, Sakura-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
Fire walking from around 2:30pm.
Dec 19 Okameichi at Iizuka Hikawa Shrine (飯塚氷川神社 おかめ市)
1-7-18 Iizuka, Kawaguchi City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
[Photos] Many stalls will be set up, though not so many as that of Tsuki Shrine
Dec 22 Touji-sai at Issan Shrine
1-7-18 Iizuka, Kawaguchi City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
4-10-14 Honmachi-higashi, Chuo-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Pref. [MAP] Fire crossing from around 2:30pm
Dec 23 Okame-ichi at Hatogaya Hikawa Shrine (鳩ケ谷氷川神社 おかめ市)
1-6-2 Hatogayahoncho, Kawaguchi City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
About 250 stalls sell decorated rakes (as lucky charms), foods, etc.
Dec 30-31 Misoka-ichi at Okunitama Shrine (大国魂神社 晦日市)
3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo [MAP]
An open-air fair selling new year goods.