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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Feb 8 - Mar 8, 2019

Ume Matsuri at Yushima Tenjin Shrine (湯島天神 梅まつり)

  • 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • This is a festival to enjoy apricot flowers. On weekends, many performances are to be conducted from around noon this period.
Mar 2-3, 2019

Akatsuka Ume-matsuri at Akatsuka Area (赤塚梅まつり)

  • Akatsukatameike Park, Akatsuka, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Mar 3 1:00pm-2:30pm - Procession of elementary school children clad in handmade samurai armours.
  • Mar 4 11:00am-2:40pm - Demonstrations of martial arts and feudal half-western firing unit.
  • Many other performances also performed on both days.
Some more (smaller ones)
Feb 1-Mar 28 Hina-matsuri at the Keio Plaza Hotel (京王プラザホテル ホテルで楽しむひなまつり) : 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Official English announcement] Hanging hina-kazari on display. Admission free.
Feb 24 Japan Day 2019 at Ikegami Baien (池上梅園 Japan Day 2018) : 2-2-13 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Official English Info] 10am-3pm, 100yen. A municipal event for foreigners to understand Japanese tradtional culture.
Mar 2 International Cultural Exchange Festival at Bunkyo Civic Center (文京区国際交流フェスタ) : 1-16-21 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Official English Info (pdf)] 10am-4pm, admission free.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Feb 16 - Mar 6, 2019

Ume-matsuri at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (成田の梅まつり)

  • Narita, Narita City, Chiba Prefecture [MAP]
  • [Photos] Apricot Festival held at Japanese garden at 10am-3pm
Mar 3-4, 2019

Daruma Doll Market at Jindaiji Temple (深大寺 厄除元三大師大祭 だるま市)

  • 5-15-1 Jindaiji-motomachi, Chofu City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Access: take a bus from Keio Line Chofu Sta., JR Kichijoji Sta. or JR Mitaka Sta.
  • [Photos] Stalls selling daruma dolls are set up. A procession from 2pm on both days.
Mar 9-10, 2019

Takao-baigo Ume-matsuri (高尾梅郷 梅まつり)

  • Takaomachi, Hachioji City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Photos
  • Some 10,000 apricot trees blooming. Concerts of koto etc. are also held.
Mar 10, 2019

Hiwatari-sai at Takaosan Yakuoin Temple (高尾山薬王院 火渡り祭)

  • Takaomachi, Hachioji City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Photos] Fire-crossing from 1pm AT THE FOOT of Mt. Takao. A 5-min walk from Keio Line Takaosan-guchi Station.
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