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

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.

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.