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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Aug 24-25, 2019

Tokyo Koenji Awa-odori (東京高円寺阿波踊り)

  • Around JR Koenji Station, Suginami-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • 5pm-8pm. The most famous awa-odori dance festival in Tokyo with some 1 million visitors.
Aug 24-25, 2019

Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi (原宿表参道元氣祭 スーパーよさこい)

  • Yoyogi-kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • 10am-8pm on 24th, 10am-5:30pm on 25th. Yosakoi dance festival at Meiji Shrine and surrounding areas.
Some more (smaller ones)
Aug 23-24 Oedo Matsuri Bon-odori Taikai (大江戸まつり盆おどり大会) : Hamacho Park, Chuo-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] 4pm-9pm. A relatively large bon-odori dance festival.
Aug 23-24 Marunouchi-ondo Bon-odori Taikai at Hibiya Park (日比谷公園 丸の内音頭大盆踊り大会) : Hibiya-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : 6pm-9pm. A bon-odori dance festival at Hibiya Park adjoining the Imperial Palace.
Aug 24 Tokyo Otsuka Awa-odori (東京大塚阿波おどり) : In front of JR Yamanote Line Otsuka Station, Toshima-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] 4:30pm-8:30pm. A relatively large Awa-odori festival held in front of the station.
Aug 24-25 Azabu-juban Noryo Matsuri (麻布十番納涼まつり) : Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : 3pm-9pm. A summer festival known for various food stalls.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Aug 24-25, 2019

Reitaisai at Tachikawa Suwa Shrine (立川諏訪神社 例大祭)

  • 1-5-15 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Photos] 1pm-9pm
Aug 25, 2019

Reitaisai at Tsunashima Suwa Shrine (綱島諏訪神社 例大祭)

  • 2-10-1 Tsunashimahigashi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Pref. [MAP]
  • [A photo] A large Shinto shrine festival for Yokohama. Joint mikoshi parade entering the shrine at 10:30am-11:00am.
Aug 24-25, 2019

Minami-Koshigaya Awa-odori Festival (南越谷阿波踊り)

  • Koshigaya City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
  • [Photos] A large Awa-odori dance festival held in the evenings around JR Minami-Koshigaya Sta. or Tobu Line Shin-Koshigaya Sta.
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