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…

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

Early Jul 2021
The Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival began in the post-war years and is known for the colourful decorations that…

July Nagoya Sumo Tournament

Jul 4Jul 18
Six major sumo tournaments (called honbasho) are held during the year—one on each odd month, each taking place…

Iriya Asagao Matsuri

Early Jul 2021
The Iriya Asagao Matsuri (入谷朝顔まつり) claims to be the country’s biggest festival dedicated to Morning Glories, and takes…

Adachi Fish Market

Jul 10 / 9:00 AM11:00 AM
Adachi Fish Market is a wholesale seafood market and was off limits for non-traders, but in mid-2016 the…

Mitama Matsuri

Mid Jul 2021
One of Tokyo’s most popular summer festivals, Mitama Matsuri (みたままつり) at Yasukuni Shrine has been held every year…

Setagaya Firefly Festival & Sagiso Market

Mid Jul 2021
If you missed the Tokyo firefly events in June, all is not lost. Along with an obon flower…

Nachi Fire Festival

Jul 14 / 10:00 AM5:00 PM
Nachi Fire Festival (那智の扇祭り, Nachi no Ogi Matsuri) or “Nachi Fan Festival” is one of three major fire…

Umi no Hi Lantern Festival

Jul 17Jul 18
To commemorate the public holiday Marine Day (Umi no Hi) over 50,000 paper lanterns are lit with candles…