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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Oct 14, 2019

Takadanobaba Yabusame (穴八幡宮 高田馬場流鏑馬)

  • Toyama Park, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours 2pm-3:30pm. Archers in traditional outfits shoot arrows at targets on running horseback.
Oct 17-18, 2019

Oeshiki at Zoshigaya Kishimojin Temple (雑司ケ谷鬼子母神 御会式大祭)

  • 3-15-20 Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • The main parade is on Oct 18 and starts from Ikebukuro at 7pm, heading for the temple. The front line of the parade reaches the temple at around 8 to 9 pm but it may be in the midnight when all the participants arrive at the temple. [Routes]
Oct 17-20, 2019

Shuuki Reitaisai at Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社 秋季例大祭)

  • 3-1-1 Kudanshita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Various performances performed everyday in daytime.
Oct 19-20, 2019

Bettara-ichi (べったら市)

  • Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Large number of stalls are setup, some selling bettara-zuke (pickled daikon).
Oct 19-20, 2019

Itabashi Kumin Matsuri (板橋区民まつり)

  • Sakaecho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Photos] Processions held on both days.
Some more (smaller ones)
Oct 13 Oeshiki at Myohoji Temple (堀之内妙法寺 お会式) : 3-48-8 Horinouchi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : A relatively large mando procession conducted in the evening.
Oct 14 Kusaji-shiki at Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社 草鹿式) : 3-1-1 Kudanshita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Archers in traditional outfits shoot arrows at targets at 11am & 1:30pm.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Oct 12-13, 2019

Koshigaya Aki-matsuri at Koshigaya Hisaizu Shrine (越谷久伊豆神社 越ヶ谷秋祭り)

  • Koshigaya, Koshigaya City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
  • [Photos] Held every three years.
Oct 19-20, 2019

Kawagoe Matsuri at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (川越氷川神社 川越まつり)

Oct 19-20, 2019

Narita Gen Matsuri at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (成田山新勝寺 成田弦まつり)

  • 1 Narita, Narita City, Chiba Pref. [MAP]
  • [Photos] Largest performance at 4:20pm-5:45pm of 19th.
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