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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Mar 16-May 7, 2018

Opening of Denboin Garden at Sensoji Temple (浅草寺 伝法院庭園特別拝観・大絵馬寺宝展)

  • 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours 10am-4:30pm; admission 300yen
  • Along with the garden, large ema pictures are on display (ema are not allowed to take photos.)
Mar 13-May 20, 2018

Springtime Garden Opening at Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館 春の庭園開放)

  • 13-9 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Official English info]
  • 10am-7:30pm for Mar 30, 31, Apr 6, 7 (illuminated after sunset), 10am-4pm for the other days
  • Japanese garden with several tea houses will be open without extra charge (admission fee for the museum itself required).
Apr 7-May 6, 2018

Tsutsuji Matsuri at Nezu Shrine (根津神社 つつじまつり)

  • 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • About 3,000 azaleas are bloom during the festival. Getting into the garden costs 200yen (9am-5:30pm).
  • Events are held on weekends and national holidays (schedule.)
Apr 15 - May 6, 2018

Fuji-matsuri at Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神 藤まつり)

  • 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • This shrine is famous for its wisterias (fuji) since the feudal times. Flowers illuminated at night.
  • Perfomances performed on weekends and national holidays
Apr 28-29, 2018

Ryogoku Nigiwai Matsuri (両国にぎわい祭り)

  • Ryogoku Area, Sumida-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Many events are held at 10:30am-4:00pm around JR Ryogoku Station on both days
Apr 29

Akabane Baka Matsuri Parade (赤羽馬鹿祭り パレード)

  • East side of JR Akabane Station, Kita-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Photos
  • This festival is held Apr 29-30 but the parade, the main event, starts from 12am on Apr 29.
Apr 28-May 3, 2018

Haru no Taisai at Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 春の大祭)

  • 1-1 Yoyogi-kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Apr 28 - 11am Bugaku dance
  • May 2 - 11:45am noh & kyogen; 3:45pm sankyoku (music)
  • May 3 - 11:30am rural tradtional perfomances; 12am hogaku hobu (dance); 2:30pm satsuma-biwa
Apr 29, 2018

Shobo Junshokusha Ireisai at Yutenji Temple (祐天寺 消防殉職者慰霊祭)

  • 5-24-53 Naka-meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours : 0:00pm-2:30pm
  • Matoi procession, ladder performance, etc. are performed
May 3-5, 2018

Reitaisai at Teppozu Inari Shrine (鐵砲洲稲荷神社 例大祭)

  • 1-5-1 Minato, Chuo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Horen (a kind of portable shrine) procession at 8:30am-3:00pm on May 3
  • Joint mikoshi (another kind of portable shrines) procession from 1pm on May 4
  • Kabuki played by children from 1:30pm on May 5
May 4-8, 2018

Opening days of Shotoen Garden at Ikegami Honmonji Temple (池上本門寺 松涛園公開)

  • 1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours 10am-3pm; admission free
May 5, 2018

Kachiya-sai at Kameido Katori Shrine (亀戸香取神社 勝矢祭)

  • 3-57-22 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Participants clad in samurai armors parade from 1pm, arriving at Kameido Katori Shrine at around 3pm.
Some more (smaller ones)
Apr 28 Naki-zumo at Sensoji (浅草寺 泣き相撲) : 5-3-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] 11:10am & 2:25pm. Babies compete by which ones cry first.
May 4-5 Reitaisai at Misaki Inari Shrine (三崎稲荷神社 例大祭) : 2-9-12 Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Mikoshi procession conducted in even-numbered years. Joint procession of community-owned mikoshi on May 4. Procession of shrine-owned mikoshi at 8am-6pm of May 5
May 5 Reitaisai at Karasumori Shrine (烏森神社 例大祭) : 2-15-5 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Mikoshi procession conducted every other years (2018) 11:30am-5:30pm.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Apr 27-29, 2018

Shunki Taisai at Takahata Fudoson Temple (高幡不動尊 春季大祭)

  • 733 Takahata, Hino City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • 1pm Apr 28 - children's parade.
  • 0:30pm Apr 29 -mikoshi procession
Apr 29, 2018

Sayama Shincha to Hana Ippai Matsuri (狭山新茶と花いっぱいまつり)

  • Sayama City Office, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos
  • Sayama is known for green tea production. At this event, you can experience green tea harvesting, concerts of koto (10am-0pm, 0:40pm-2:40pm), drums (11am-11:30am), etc.
May 1, 2018

Tokorozawa Shincha Matsuri (ところざわ新茶まつり)

  • Around Tokorozawa City Office, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos
  • Access: 5-min walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Koku-koen Station.
  • Tokorozawa is another known place for green tea production. At this event, you can experience green tea harvesting, tasting of tea and cuisines using the leaves, etc.
May 2-3, 2018

Ome Taisai (青梅大祭)

  • Ome City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Access: a few minute walk from JR Ome Line Ome Station.
  • Photos.
  • This festival is dedicated to Sumiyoshi Shrine in the city of Ome, and is pretty large for Tokyo outside 23 wards.
May 3-6, 2018

Kurayami Matsuri at Okunitama Shrine (大国魂神社 くらやみ祭)

  • 3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • Access: 1-min walk from Keio Line Fuchu Station or JR Fuchu-honmachi Station.
  • One of the largest festivals in Tokyo Prefecture
  • May 3 - 6pm-8pm 8 floats stroll; 8pm 6 horses run
  • May 4 - 9am ceremony; 0:30pm-2pm manto floats stroll; 1:30pm 20 kids' mikoshi parade; 5pm-6pm drum play; 6pm-9pm 24 floats stroll
  • May 5 - 10am ritual; 2:20pm drum play; 6pm 8 mikoshi parade (main event); 11pm archery from horse back
  • May 6 - 4am-8am 8 mikoshi parade back to the shrine
May 3-5, 2018

Bonsai Festival (大盆栽まつり)

  • Bonsaicho, Kita-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Access: a few minute walk from Tobu Noda Line Omiya-koen Station.
  • Exhibits and sells bonsai trees at 9am-5pm.
  • This area is famous for bonsai production. There's a museum dedicated to bonsai, also.
May 4, 2018

Saito-ogoma-ku Dai-kito-e at Kawasaki-daishi Temple (川崎大師平間寺 柴燈大護摩供大祈祷会)

  • 4-48 Daishimachi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture [MAP]
  • Access: 2-min walk from Keikyu Daishi Line Kawasaki-daishi Sta.
  • Photos.
  • Fire walking from 1pm
May 8, 2018

Hinode-matsuri at Musashi Mitake Shrine (武蔵御嶽神社 日の出祭り)

  • 176 Mitakesan, Ome City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Photos
  • Mikoshi parade with participants clad in samurai armor from 9:30am
  • Take a bus and a cablecar from JR Ome Line Mitake Sta.
Some more
Apr 29 Nakasendo Warabishuku Naekiichi & Warabi Fuji Matsuri (中仙道蕨宿苗木市・わらび藤まつり) : Center of Warabi City, Saitama Pref. [MAP] : [Photos]
Apr 29 Tsurumi no Tamatsuri at Tsurumi Shrine : 1-14-1 Tsurumi-chuo, Tsrumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP] : 1pm- stage shows; 4:30pm tamatsuri ritual; 6:30 mikoshi procession
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