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

Oct 29-Dec 8, 2019

Autumn Garden Opening at Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館 秋の庭園開放)

  • 13-9 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • The Japanese garden behind the main building will be open 10am-4pm without extra charge (admission for the museum required.)
Nov 1-23, 2019

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.
Nov 21 - Dec 8, 2019

Opening of Daijo-kyu (大嘗宮 公開)

  • Imperial Palace East Garden, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • 9am-3pm. Daijo-gu, the temporary shrine built solely for the enthronement of the new emperor, is to be open to the public. (After this, the shrine will be destroyed.)
Some more (smaller ones)
Nov 8 & 20 Tori-no-ichi at Asakusa Otori Shrine (浅草鷲神社 酉の市) : 3-18-7 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Hours; 0am-12pm (24 hours). The most famous Tori-no-ichi held around Tokyo (and may be TOO CROWDED).
Nov 8 & 20 Tori-no-ichi at Hanazono Shrine (花園神社 酉の市) : 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : A large Tori-no-ichi. Held from evening to 2am (midnight) on Nov 7 & 19, 12am (noon) to 2am (midnight) on Nov 8 & 20.
Nov 20-Dec 12 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.

Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Nov 16, 2019

Kawagoe Yabusame (河越流鏑馬)

  • Uwado, Kawagoe City, Saitama Pref. [MAP]
  • [Photos] Yabusame (shooting arrows from horseback) at 1:30pm-2:30pm
Nov 17, 2019

Yabusame at Zushi Beach (逗子海岸流鏑馬)

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