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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May 25-26, 2019

Reitaisai at Yushima Tenjin Shrine (湯島天神 例大祭)

  • 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Procession of shrine-owned mikoshi held at 8:00am-11:15am of May 26
May 26-27, 2019

Reitaisai at Hanazono Shrine (花園神社 例大祭)

  • 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Joint mikoshi procession from 11:30am of May 27.
Some more (smaller ones)
May 25-26 Ueki-ichi at Asakusa Fuji Sengen Shrine (浅草富士浅間神社 植木市) : 5-3-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : A large gardening market held near Sensoji Temple [Photos].
May 27-Jun 16 Katsushika Iris Festival at Horikiri Iris Garden (堀切菖蒲園 葛飾菖蒲まつり) : 2-19-1 Horikiri, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Hours 8am-6pm, admission free. Events held on Sundays.
May 29- Jun 3 Satsuki Festival at Ueno Park (上野公園 さつきフェスティバル) : Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Many bonsai of satsuki, a kind of azalea, are to be exhibited in the open. Admission free, 9am-6pm (-3pm for Jun 3.)
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
May 25 - 26, 2019

Akishima Kyodo Geino Matsuri (あきしま郷土芸能まつり)

  • In front of JR Akishima Sta., Akishima City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Photos] Various local traditional performing arts performed at 3:00pm-8:30pm on May 25 and 9:00am-4:00pm on May 26
May 26 Hiwatari at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (新勝寺 火渡り修行) : 1 Narita, Narita City, Chiba Prefecture [MAP] : [Photos] Fire crossing from 11:30am.
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