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 29-30, 2018

Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri (しながわ宿場まつり)

  • [MAP (official, though date is wrong)]
  • The oiran (courtesans in the Edo period) parade from 5pm of Sep 29 and a parade in traditional outfits from 11:30am of Sep 30, both of which set out from near Keikyu Line Kita-Shinagawa Station.
  • Fire walking at Honsenji Temple from 1pm of Sep 30.
Oct 6-7, 2018

Fukuro Matsuri Pt2 -Tokyo Yosakoi- (ふくろ祭り 東京よさこい)

  • West side of JR Ikebukuro Station, Toshima-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • This is the latter half of the Fukuro Matsuri, which focuses on the yosakoi dance.
  • Hours: 1pm-6pm on Oct 7, 11am-9pm on Oct 8 (Oct 8 is the main day)
Oct 8, 2018

Takadanobaba Yabusame (穴八幡宮 高田馬場流鏑馬)

  • Toyama Park, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Hours 2pm-3:30pm. Archers in traditional outfits shoot arrows at targets on running horseback.
Oct 8, 2018

Kusaji-shiki at Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社 草鹿式)

  • 3-1-1 Kudanshita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo [MAP]
  • Archers in traditional outfits shoot arrows at targets at 11am & 1pm.
Some more (smaller ones)
Oct 7 Oedo Mikoshi Matsuri (大江戸神輿まつり) : Kiba Park, Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP] : 11am-4pm. A festival for mikoshi lovers. A Joint parade held at 2:30pm-3:30pm.
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Outskirts of Tokyo

Upcoming traditional event on the outskirts of Tokyo (chosen by accessibility).
Sep 30, 2018

Soka Shukuba Matsuri (草加宿場まつり)

  • Soka City, Saitama Prefecture [MAP]
  • Hours 11am-5pm. A daimyo procession at 11am.
Oct 7, 2018

Tokorozawa Matsuri (ところざわまつり)

  • Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture. [MAP]
  • Photos.
  • Hours 10:30am-9:00pm. Held on the main street near Seibu Line Tokorozawa Station.
Some more (smaller ones)
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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