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

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About Setsubun Day:
Setsubun Day, which is fixed to Februrary 3 nowadays, is the day before the spring begins. Though Setsubun Day is not a national holiday, many Shinto shrines and large Buddhist temples hold a ceremony called mame-maki, literally translated "bean-throwing", on this day. In this event, people on stage throw soybeans to ouster evil spirits and invite in fortune against the people who gathered around the stage, and those gathered try to catch the beans as lucky charms.
Mame-maki is often accompanied by a short drama. One of those dramas is performed from 3pm at Gojoten Shrine in Ueno Park. Though not so large an event, the drama practiced at this shrine retains pretty old style. This site is also very accessible. For details about this event, see the article on Ukera-no-shinji at Gojo Tenjin Shrine.
Below are large mame-maki events held within the 23 wards of Tokyo.
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Sensoji Temple (浅草寺 節分会豆まき)

  • 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • One of the largest mame-maki events in Tokyo.
  • 10am kindergarten kids do mame-maki. Ordinary mame-maki from 12am, 2pm, 4pm, 4:20pm, 4:40pm & 5pm.
  • Mame-maki at adjoining Asakusa Jinja Shrine is from 3pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Zojoji Temple (増上寺 節分会豆まき)

  • 4-7-35 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • One of the largest mame-maki events in Tokyo.
  • Photos
  • Mame-maki from 12am
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Ikegami Honmonji Temple (池上本門寺 節分会豆まき)

  • 1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • One of the largest mame-maki events in Tokyo.
  • A procession starts from near Tokyu Ikegami Station at 1pm. Ceremony in the main hall from 2pm. Mame-maki from 3pm.
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Hosenji (宝仙寺 僧兵行列・節分豆まき)

  • 2-33-3 Chuo, Nakano-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • A monk warrior procession from 3:30pm, a fire ritual from 4:00pm, and mame-maki from 4:30pm
Some more shrines and temples holding relatively large mame-maki events in Tokyo proper on Feb 3.
Shimokita Tengu Matsuri at Shimokitazawa (しもきた天狗まつり) : 2-36-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] This is a Setsubun festival held Feb 2-4. The main event (the Tengu Parade held around Shimokitazawa Station) is 2pm-4pm on Feb 3.
Setsubun mame-maki at Shibamata Taishakuten Temple (柴又帝釈天 節分会豆まき) : 7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] Parade and drama from 1:20pm, mame-maki from 2pm and 3pm.
Setsubun mame-maki at Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin Temple (豊川稲荷東京別院 節分会豆まき) : 1-4-7 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Parade from 2pm, mame-maki from 3pm
Setsubun mame-maki at Gokokuji Temple (護国寺 節分会豆まき) : 5-40-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Drum performance from 1pm, mame-maki from 3:30pm
Setsubun mame-maki at Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神 節分祭豆まき) : 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Drama & mame-maki from 5:30pm
Feb 4, 2018

Old-school Martial Arts Demonstration at Nippon Budokan Hall (日本武道館 日本古武道演武大会)

  • 2-3 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours 10:30am-4:00pm, admission 500yen
  • 35 old-shool martial arts denominations demonstrate their skills.
Feb 8 - Mar 8, 2018

Ume Matsuri at Yushima Tenjin Shrine (湯島天神 梅まつり)

  • 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours 8am-7:30pm
  • This is a festival to enjoy apricot flowers. On weekends, many performances are to be conducted from around noon this period. See the event schedule.
Some more (smaller ones)
Feb 1-Mar 29 Hina-matsuri at the Keio Plaza Hotel (京王プラザホテル ホテルで楽しむひなまつり) : 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Official English announcement] 6,800 hanging hina-kazari on display. Admission free.
Feb 4 Kodomo-kabuki at Teppozu Inari Shrine (鐵砲洲稲荷神社 新富座こども歌舞伎節分公演) : 1-6-7 Minato, Chuo-ku [MAP] : Kabuki is perforomed by children from 11:30am.
Feb 7 & 18 Tako-ichi at Oji Inari Shrine (王子稲荷神社 凧市) : 1-12-26 Kishimachi, Kita-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Many stalls are set up 10am-6pm. Several performances are also performed.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Omiya Hikawa Shrine (大宮氷川神社 節分祭)

  • 1-407 Takahanacho, Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 0:30pm, 2pm, 3pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Takaosan Yakuoin Temple (高尾山薬王院 節分会)

  • 2177 Takaomachi, Hachioji City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Photos
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 5am, 9am, 10:30am, 12am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Takahata Fudoson Temple (高幡不動尊 節分会)

  • 733 Takahata, Hino City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 10am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Jindaiji Temple (深大寺 節分会)

  • 5-15-1 Jindaiji-motomachi, Chofu City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Okunitama Shrine (大国魂神社 節分祭)

  • 3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 11am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Kawasaki-daishi Temple (川崎大師平間寺 節分会)

  • 4-48 Daishimachi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • A large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (鶴岡八幡宮 節分祭)

  • 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture [MAP]
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 1pm.
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Hasedera Temple (長谷寺 節分会)

  • 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 12am.
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (成田山新勝寺 節分会)

  • 1 Narita, Narita City, Chiba Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • A large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 9:30am, 11am, 0:30pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4pm
Feb 3, 2018

Setsubun mame-maki at Hokekyoji Temple (中山法華経寺 節分会)

  • 2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture [MAP]
  • A relatively large mame-maki event in the suburbs of Tokyo.
  • Mame-maki is from 1pm, 3pm
Feb 3 - Mar 11, 2018

Ume-matsuri (Apricot Festival) at Keio Mogusaen (京王百草園 梅まつり)

  • 560 Mogusa, Hino City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours 9am-5pm; admission 300yen; open daily during the festival
  • Access: 10-min walk from Keio Line Mogusaen Station
  • Mini-concerts held on weekends
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.
Jan 28-29 Nippon Zenkoku Nabe Grand Prix 2018 (ニッポン全国鍋グランプリ2018) : Wako City Municipal Office, 1-5 Hirosawa, Wako City, Saitama Pref. [MAP] : 10am-3pm. Nabe stew dishes by sixty teams from across Japan compete in this contest. Each dish costs 300-500 yen.<
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