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

Nov 1-23, 2018

Kiku Matsuri at Yushima Tenjin Shrine (湯島天神 菊まつり)

  • 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • One of the most famous chrysanthemum exhibitions held around Tokyo. About 2,000 pots displayed in its compact precincts.
  • Hours 6am-sunset; admission free
Nov 1 & 13 & 25, 2018

Tori-no-ichi at Asakusa Otori Shrine (浅草鷲神社 酉の市)

  • 3-18-7 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Among the many shrines which hold Tori-no-ichi, ones held at Asakusa Otori Shrine are the largest and most well-known (and may be TOO CROWDED).
  • Hours 0am-12pm (24 hours)
  • Stalls sell decorated bamboo rakes which are said to collect fortune.
Nov 1 & 12-13 & 24-25, 2018

Tori-no-ichi at Hanazono Shrine (花園神社 酉の市)

  • 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Tori-no-ichi markets, where stalls sell decorated fortune bamboo rakes, held at this shrine are the second largest.
  • Evening to 2am (midnight) on Nov 12 & 24, 12am (noon) - 2am (midnight) on Nov 1 & 13 & 25
Nov 23, 2018

Niname-sai at Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 新嘗祭)

  • 1-1 Yoyogi-kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Niname-sai is a festival equivalent to Thanksgiving. About ten treasure ships composed of vesitables are on display.
Some more (smaller ones)
Nov 17-Dec 9 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.

Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Nov 17, 2018

Kawagoe Yabusame (河越流鏑馬)

  • Uwado, Kawagoe City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
  • Yabusame (shooting arrows from horseback [a photo]) at 1:30pm-3:30pm
Nov 18, 2018

Yabusame at Zushi Beach (逗子海岸流鏑馬)

  • Near JR Zushi Station or Keikyu Line Shin-Zushi Station, Kanagawa Pref.
  • People clad in samurai armors start parading from 10:20am from Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine [MAP]. Yabusame (shooting arrows from horseback [a photo])) is held at Zushi Beach at 1pm-2:45pm.
Nov 23, 2018

Hiwatari-sai at Naritasan Kawagoe-betsuin (成田山川越別院 火渡り祭)

  • 9-2 Kubomachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos
  • Fire walking from 1pm.