A calendar of events and festivals in Tokyo and major festivals throughout Japan. Especially due to the COVID-19 situation, it is always prudent to check the official event website (link provided whenever available) before attending to make sure that there have not been any last-minute changes in the scheduling.

Nishiarai Daishi Wind Bell Festival

Jul 2021
Over 400 different types and designs of wind chimes are gathered from all over the country and displayed…

Kyoto Gion Festival

Jul 1Jul 31
Kyoto’s Gion Festival (京都祇園祭, Kyoto Gion Matsuri) is the city’s biggest festival and one of the most famous…

Taiwan Festa

Late Jul 2021
Over 100,000 attended the first event in 2016 which was aimed at promoting cultural ties between the two…

Akasaka Jodoji Bon Odori Festival

Late Jul 2021
One of the first bon odori festivals in Tokyo is held at Jodoji Temple in Akasaka, a short…

Nagasaki Peiron Championship

Late Jul 2021
The Nagasaki Peiron Championship (長崎ペーロン選手権大会) is thought to have been started in 1655 by the Chinese community in…

Summer Wonder Festival

Late Jul 2021
Semi-annual exhibition of “garage kits” or resin models of anime, manga, and video game characters. The models—some made…

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival

Late Jul 2021
This annual hanabi-taikai has roots dating back to 1732 when it was first held in remembrance of the those…

Katsushika Fireworks Festival

Late Jul 2021
Another enjoyable fireworks event (officially called Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai) along the Edogawa River which sees over 13,000…

Fussa Tanabata Matsuri

Early Aug 2021
The Fussa Tanabata Matsuri has been held every year since 1951 and today sees about 100 food, drink…

Tsukiji Honganji Noryo Bon Odori Taikai

Early Aug 2021
The famous temple near Tsukiji hosts a bon odori (築地本願寺納涼盆踊り大会) for four days in summer. The open grounds…