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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Sep 22, 2019

Teppogumi Hyakunin-tai Gyoretsu at Kaichu Inari Shrine (皆中稲荷神社 鉄砲組百人隊行列)

  • 1-11-16 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Parade members fire matchlock guns at several points (a school ground, a baseball studium, etc). The procession starts at 9:40am from the shrine and returns to the shrine at 2pm.
Sep 28-29, 2019

Fukuro Matsuri Pt1 -Mikoshi no Saiten- (ふくろ祭り 御輿の祭典)

  • West side of JR Ikebukuro Station, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Held at the west side of JR Ikebukuro Station. Main events are mikoshi processions held 13:00-13:45 and 17:45-19:10 on 23rd.
Sep 28-29, 2019

Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri (しながわ宿場まつり)

  • The oiran (courtesans in the Edo period) parade from 4:30pm of Sep 28 and a parade in traditional outfits from 12am of Sep 29, both of which set out from near Keikyu Line Kita-Shinagawa Station. Fire-crossiong at 1pm of Sp 29 at Honsenji Temple.
  • Fire walking at Honsenji Temple from 1pm of Sep 24.
Some more (smaller ones)
Sep 21 Sakurashinmachi Nebuta Matsuri (桜新町ねぶた祭) : Sazaesan Street, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : Nebuta procession at 7pm-8:30pm
Sep 21-22 Reitaisai at Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine (ときわ台天祖神社 例大祭) : 2-4-3 Minami-tokiwadai, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo [MAP]: [Photos] A typical shrine festival. A Joint mikoshi procession held from 5pm of Sep 23
Sep 22-23 Reitaisai at Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine (代々木八幡宮 例大祭) : 5-1-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo [MAP]: [Photos] A typical shrine festival.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

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

Hachioji Yabusame (八王子流鏑馬)

  • 東京都八王子市西片倉 片倉つどいの森公園 [MAP]
  • 10am-3:30pm. Yabusame (shooting arrows from running horsebacks) after martial arts demonstration
Some more (smaller ones)
Sep 22 hiwatari at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (新勝寺 火渡り修行) : 1 Narita, Narita City, Chiba Pref. [MAP] : [Photos] Fire walking from 11:30am.
Sep 27-28 Kuri-matsuri at Okunitama Shrine (大国魂神社 くり祭) : 3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo [MAP] : [Photos] Many stalls selling chestnuts are set up. There're dashi float performances in the evening.
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