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

Sep 29-30, 2018

Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri (しながわ宿場まつり)

  • [MAP (official, though date is wrong)]
  • The oiran (courtesans in the Edo period) parade from 5pm of Sep 29 and a parade in traditional outfits from 11:30am of Sep 30, both of which set out from near Keikyu Line Kita-Shinagawa Station.
  • Fire walking at Honsenji Temple from 1pm of Sep 30.
Oct 6-7, 2018

Fukuro Matsuri Pt2 -Tokyo Yosakoi- (ふくろ祭り 東京よさこい)

  • West side of JR Ikebukuro Station, Toshima-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • This is the latter half of the Fukuro Matsuri, which focuses on the yosakoi dance.
  • Hours: 1pm-6pm on Oct 7, 11am-9pm on Oct 8 (Oct 8 is the main day)
Oct 8, 2018

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 8, 2018

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 & 1pm.
Some more (smaller ones)
Oct 7 Oedo Mikoshi Matsuri (大江戸神輿まつり) : Kiba Park, Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : 11am-4pm. A festival for mikoshi lovers. A Joint parade held at 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Sep 30, 2018

Soka Shukuba Matsuri (草加宿場まつり)

  • Soka City, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Hours 11am-5pm. A daimyo procession at 11am.
Oct 7, 2018

Tokorozawa Matsuri (ところざわまつり)

  • Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture. [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • Hours 10:30am-9:00pm. Held on the main street near Seibu Line Tokorozawa Station.
Some more (smaller ones)
Sep 27-28 Kuri-matsuri at Okunitama Shrine (大国魂神社 くり祭) : 3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] Many stalls selling chestnuts are set up. There're dashi float performances in the evening.