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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Nov 1-23, 2018

Kiku Matsuri at Yushima Tenjin Shrine (湯島天神 菊まつり)

  • 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • One of the most famous chrysanthemum exhibitions held around Tokyo. About 2,000 pots displayed in its compact precincts.
  • Hours 6am-sunset; admission free
Nov 1 & 13 & 25, 2018

Tori-no-ichi at Asakusa Otori Shrine (浅草鷲神社 酉の市)

  • 3-18-7 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Among the many shrines which hold Tori-no-ichi, ones held at Asakusa Otori Shrine are the largest and most well-known (and may be TOO CROWDED).
  • Hours 0am-12pm (24 hours)
  • Stalls sell decorated bamboo rakes which are said to collect fortune.
Nov 1 & 12-13 & 24-25, 2018

Tori-no-ichi at Hanazono Shrine (花園神社 酉の市)

  • 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Tori-no-ichi markets, where stalls sell decorated fortune bamboo rakes, held at this shrine are the second largest.
  • Evening to 2am (midnight) on Nov 12 & 24, 12am (noon) - 2am (midnight) on Nov 1 & 13 & 25
Nov 23, 2018

Niname-sai at Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 新嘗祭)

  • 1-1 Yoyogi-kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Niname-sai is a festival equivalent to Thanksgiving. About ten treasure ships composed of vesitables are on display.
Some more (smaller ones)
Nov 17-Dec 9 Fall Illumination at Rikugien Gardens (六義園 紅葉と大名庭園のライトアップ) : 6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : An illumination event for autumn tints. From sunset to 9pm, admission 300yen.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Nov 17, 2018

Kawagoe Yabusame (河越流鏑馬)

  • Uwado, Kawagoe City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
  • Yabusame (shooting arrows from horseback [a photo]) at 1:30pm-3:30pm
Nov 18, 2018

Yabusame at Zushi Beach (逗子海岸流鏑馬)

  • Near JR Zushi Station or Keikyu Line Shin-Zushi Station, Kanagawa Pref.
  • People clad in samurai armors start parading from 10:20am from Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine [MAP]. Yabusame (shooting arrows from horseback [a photo])) is held at Zushi Beach at 1pm-2:45pm.
Nov 23, 2018

Hiwatari-sai at Naritasan Kawagoe-betsuin (成田山川越別院 火渡り祭)

  • 9-2 Kubomachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos
  • Fire walking from 1pm.
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