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Okunitama Shrine Autumn Chestnut Festival 2022

Okunitama Shrine Okunitama Shrine, 3-3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu, Tokyo

This autumn festival has roots dating back to 1738 and, although temporarily cancelled, has survived the centuries in…

Shibuya-Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri 2022

Shibuya Shibuya Station, 2 Chrome Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Shibuya-Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri (おはら祭) is an annual event held in the center of Shibuya which has roots in Ohara-bushi…

Koganei Awaodori Dance Festival 2022

Musashi-Koganei Station Musashi-Koganei Station, 6-14 Honcho, Koganei, Tokyo

The true Awa Dance Festival is Shikoku is Japan’s biggest dance festival, attracting well over one million visitors…

Jiyugaoka Megami Matsuri 2022

Jiyugaoka 自由が丘駅, 1-31 Jiyūgaoka, Meguro, Tokyo

Jiyugaoka Megami Festival is a food and culture festival that has been running since 1973 and today attracts…

Oeshiki at Ikegami Honmonji 2022

Ikegami Honmonji 池上本門寺, 1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota, Tokyo

Ceremony commemorating the passing of the saint Nichiren, a 13th century Japanese Buddhist whose teaching provides the basis for Nichiren Buddhism.

Kawagoe Festival 2022

Kawagoe Kurazukuri District 川越市蔵造り資料館, 7-9 Saiwaichō, Kawagoe, Saitama

The Kawagoe Matsuri is held over 2-days every year on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October. What…

Bake-Neko Halloween Parade 2022

Kagurazaka Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Bake-neko (literally “changed” or “supernatural” cat) are a common occurrence in Japanese mythology and what better time to…

Nihombashi Ebisuko Bettara Ichi 2022

Takarada Ebisu Shrine Takarada Ebisu Shrine, 4-10 Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo, Tokyo

This traditional autumn festival has roots dating back to the beginning of the Edo period and is held…

Shoin Shrine Festival 2022

Shoin Shrine 松陰神社, 4-35-1 Wakabayashi, Setagaya, Tokyo

Shoin Jinja in Setagaya Ward is a shrine built to honor the spirit of Yoshida Shoin, one of…

Koenji Festival 2022

Koenji Station 高円寺駅, 4-48 Kōenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo

2-day festival held around Koenji Station with participating restaurants and shops, a stamp rally, and other events.

Kurama Fire Festival 2022

Kurama Kurama Station, 191 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

Fire-festival held on 22 October each year famous for its procession of men bearing huge flaming torches, some…

Kyoto: Jidai Matsuri 2022

Kyoto City Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto

Jidai Matsuri (時代祭, "Festival of the Ages") celebrates the foundation of Kyoto and is held on the 22…

Canceled Nihombashi-Kyobashi Matsuri 2022

Nihombashi 日本橋, 1-Chome Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo, Tokyo

If you know a little about the history of Japan then you’ll have heard of the “Five Routes”…

Mount Takao Autumn Leaves Festival 2022

Kiyotaki Station 清滝駅, Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo

The Mount Takao Autumn Leaves Festival (“Mount Takao Momiji Matsuri”) is held throughout the month of November every…

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White Heron Dance in Asakusa

Sensoji Temple Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

The White Heron Dance (白鷺の舞) has roots in a scroll which depicted scenes of a parade praying for…

Dream Yosacoy Festival 2022

Odaiba Daiba Station, 2 Chome-6 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo

The Yosakoi Festival originated in Kochi prefecture in 1954 as an event to reinvigorate the region because it…

Asakusa Tori no Ichi I

Chokokuji 長國寺, 3-19-6 Senzoku, Taito, Tokyo

Open-air market held on the day of the tori (rooster) during November—a tradition that has continued since the…

Hanazono Tori no Ichi I

Hanazono Shrine 花園神社, 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Open-air market held on the day of the tori (rooster) during November—a tradition that has continued since the…

Hanazono Tori no Ichi II

Hanazono Shrine 花園神社, 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Open-air market held on the day of the tori (rooster) during November—a tradition that has continued since the…

Asakusa Tori no Ichi II

Chokokuji 長國寺, 3-19-6 Senzoku, Taito, Tokyo

Open-air market held on the day of the tori (rooster) during November—a tradition that has continued since the…

Chichibu Yomatsuri 2022

Chichibu Shrine 秩父神社, 1-3 Banbamachi, Chichibu, Saitama

One of Japan’s greatest hikiyama (float) festivals, the Chichibu Yomatsuri is held 2-3 December every year and attracts…

Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatoro 2022

Arashiyama, Kyoto Togetsu-kyō Bridge, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

Hanatoro (花灯路, Hanatōro) is a 10-day long illuminations that takes place in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District in March and…

Sengakuji’s Ako Gishi Sai 2022

Sengakuji Sengaku-ji, 2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato, Tokyo

The story of the 47 ronin is one of Japan’s most celebrated and famous. While in English it…