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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Mar 12-May 19, 2019

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

  • 13-9 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Official English info]
  • Japanese garden with several tea houses will be open without extra charge (admission fee for the museum itself required).
Apr 6-May 6, 2019

Tsutsuji Matsuri at Nezu Shrine (根津神社 つつじまつり)

  • 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Some 3,000 azaleas bloom during the festival. Getting into the garden costs 200yen (9am-5:30pm).
  • Events are held on weekends and national holidays.
Apr 13 - May 6, 2019

Fuji-matsuri at Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神 藤まつり)

  • 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • This shrine is famous for its wisterias since the feudal times. Flowers illuminated at night. Perfomances performed on weekends and national holidays.
Apr 27-May 3, 2019

Haru no Taisai at Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 春の大祭)

  • 1-1 Yoyogi-kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Apr 27 - 11am Bugaku dance. May 2 - 11:45am noh & kyogen, 3:45pm hogaku hobu (dance). May 3 - 11:30am rural tradtional perfomances, 12am sankyoku (music), 2:30pm satsuma-biwa
Apr 27-28, 2019

Ryogoku Nigiwai Matsuri (両国にぎわい祭り)

  • Ryogoku Area, Sumida-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Photos] Many events held at 10:30am-4:00pm around JR Ryogoku Station on both days
Apr 29, 2019

Shobo Junshokusha Ireisai at Yutenji Temple (祐天寺 消防殉職者慰霊祭)

  • 5-24-53 Naka-meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • 0:00pm-2:30pm. Matoi procession, ladder performance, etc. performed.
May 5, 2019

Kachiya-sai at Kameido Katori Shrine (亀戸香取神社 勝矢祭)

  • 3-57-22 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Participants clad in samurai armors parade from 1pm, arriving at the shrine at around 3pm.
Some more (smaller ones)
Apr 28 Naki-zumo at Sensoji (浅草寺 泣き相撲) : 5-3-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] 10:55am & 2:25pm. Babies compete which ones cry first.
May 1 Shin-miyo Hoshuku Gagaku at Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社 新御代奉祝雅楽) : 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Gagaku perfomance from 1:30pm, 2:45pm & 4:00pm
May 4-8 Opening days of Shotoen Garden at Ikegami Honmonji Temple (池上本門寺 松涛園公開) : 1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Hours 10am-3pm; admission free
May 5 Children's Kabuki at Teppozu Inari Shrine (鐵砲洲稲荷神社 例大祭こども歌舞伎公演) : 1-5-1 Minato, Chuo-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Local kids perform kabuki from 1:30pm.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Apr 27-29, 2019

Shunki-taisai at Takahata Fudoson Temple (高幡不動尊 春季大祭)

  • 733 Takahata, Hino City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Mikoshi procession from 0:30pm of Apr 29
Apr 28, 2019

Tokorozawa Shincha Matsuri (ところざわ新茶まつり)

  • Around Tokorozawa City Office, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos
  • 5-min walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Koku-koen Station. Tokorozawa is known for green tea production. At this event, you can experience green tea harvesting, tasting of tea and cuisines using the leaves, etc.
Apr 29, 2019

Sayama Shincha to Hana Ippai Matsuri (狭山新茶と花いっぱいまつり)

  • Sayama City Office, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Photos
  • Sayama is another known place for green tea production. At this event, you can experience green tea harvesting and performances.
May 2-3, 2019

Ome Taisai (青梅大祭)

  • Ome City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Access: a few minute walk from JR Ome Line Ome Station.
  • [Photos] This festival is dedicated to Sumiyoshi Shrine in the city of Ome, and is pretty large for Tokyo outside 23 wards.
May 3-6, 2019

Kurayami Matsuri at Okunitama Shrine (大国魂神社 くらやみ祭)

  • 3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • Access: 1-min walk from Keio Line Fuchu Station or JR Fuchu-honmachi Station.
  • One of the largest festivals in Tokyo Prefecture
  • May 3 - 6pm-8pm 8 floats stroll; 8pm 6 horses run
  • May 4 - 9am ceremony; 0:30pm-2pm manto floats stroll; 1:30pm 20 kids' mikoshi parade; 5pm-6pm drum play; 6pm-9pm 24 floats stroll
  • May 5 - 10am ritual; 2:20pm drum play; 6pm 8 mikoshi parade (main event); 11pm archery from horse back
  • May 6 - 4am-8am 8 mikoshi parade back to the shrine
May 3-5, 2019

Bonsai Festival (大盆栽まつり)

  • Bonsaicho, Kita-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Access: a few minute walk from Tobu Noda Line Omiya-koen Station.
  • Exhibits and sells bonsai trees at 9am-5pm at an area famous for bonsai production.
May 4, 2019

Saito-ogoma-ku Dai-kito-e at Kawasaki-daishi Temple (川崎大師平間寺 柴燈大護摩供大祈祷会)

  • 4-48 Daishimachi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture [MAP]
  • Access: 2-min walk from Keikyu Daishi Line Kawasaki-daishi Sta.
  • [Photos] Fire crossing from 1pm
May 8, 2019

Hinode-matsuri at Musashi Mitake Shrine (武蔵御嶽神社 日の出祭り)

  • 176 Mitakesan, Ome City, Tokyo [MAP]
  • [Photos] Mikoshi parade with participants clad in samurai armor from 9:30am
  • Take a bus and a cablecar from JR Ome Line Mitake Sta.
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