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.

Manjushage Matsuri

Mid 〜 Late Sep 2021
Manjushage is a deep red flower known as “Red Spider Lily” or “Red Magic Lily” and fields of…

Japanese Clover Festival

Mid Sep 〜 Early Oct 2021
Annual Japanese Clover Festival (萩まつり) at Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens in Sumida. The garden is one of the capital’s…

Showa Kinen Park Cosmos Festival

Mid Sep 〜 Early Nov 2021
Over 20,000 square meters of fields and 6 million cosmos flowers come into bloom at Showa Kinen Park.

September Tokyo Sumo Tournament

Sep 12Sep 26
Six major sumo tournaments (called honbasho) are held during the year—one on each odd month, each taking place…

Kanazawa JAZZ STREET

Mid 〜 Late Sep 2021
Jazz artists from Japan and overseas congregate in Kanazawa for this annual music event. There are over 200…

Ohara Hadaka Matsuri

Mid 〜 Late Sep 2021
The Ohara Hadaka Matsuri (大原はだか祭り, “Ohara Naked Festival”) is a 2-day annual festival held in Isumi City, Chiba.…

Hatsudai Awa Odori Festival

Sep 21Sep 22
The Hatsudari Awa Odori Festival has been held in the commercial district of Hatsudai annual on 21/22 September…

Tokyo Game Show

Late Sep 2021
Over 300 exhibitors from almost 40 countries and regions gather for this annual gaming convention in Chiba’s Makuhari…

Kochia Carnival

Late Sep 〜 Mid Oct 2021
Thousands of kochia (summer cypress) turn Mirahashi Hill in Hitachi Seaside Park a crimson red.

Heiwajima Antique Fair

Sep 24Sep 26
Less a market and more a bazaar that focuses almost exclusively on antique goods, the Heiwajima Antique Fair…