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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…

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…

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…

Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatoro 2023

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…

Imperial Family New Year Greeting 2024

Chowaden, Tokyo Imperial Palace 皇居宮殿長和殿, 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The traditional New Year greeting by the Imperial Family from the long balcony of the Chowaden Hall. Members…

New Year Firefighter Ceremony 2024

Tokyo Big Sight Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto, Tokyo

The New Year Firefighter Ceremony—officially called dezome-shiki (出初式)—is a display of acrobatics and other skills organized by the…

Torigoe Shrine Dondo-Yaki 2024

Torigoe Shrine 2-Chome 4-1 Torigoe, Taito, Tokyo

Dondo-yaki is the ritual from the Heian era typically held on the 15 January. New year ornaments, amulets, and…

Nara Setsubun Mantoro 2024

Kasuga Taisha Shrine 春日大社, 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara

More than 3,000 lanterns are lit at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara twice a year—in early February for…

Jindaiji Temple Daruma Doll Market 2024

Jindaiji Temple Jindai-ji Temple, 5-15-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu, Tokyo

One of the biggest Daruma Doll Markets in Japan, over 300 stalls selling the round dolls gather around…

Nakameguro Sakura Matsuri 2024

Nakameguro 中目黒駅, 1-22 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival (中目黒桜まつり) is held at the beginning of April and organized by the workers in…

Kanamara Matsuri (“Penis Festival”) Parade 2024

Kanayama Shrine Kanayama Shrine, 2-13-16 Daishi Ekimae, Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Kanamara Matsuri (otherwise known as the "Penis Festival" or “Festival of the Steel Phallus”) is an annual festival…

Hana Matsuri at Sensoji 2024

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

This event at Sensoji Temple celebrates the Buddha’s birthday on 8 April and is more formally called Bussho-e…

Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival 2024

Nagasaki Seaside Park Nagasaki Seaside Park, 22-17 Tokiwamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival (長崎帆船まつり, Nagasaki Hansen Matsuri) is one of a kind in Japan. It was…

Nikko Yayoi Festival 2024

Nikko Futarasan Shrine 2307 Sannai, Nikko, Tochigi

The Yayoi Festival (弥生祭, Yayoi Matsuri) is held on the 13 to 17 of April each year at…

Teruhime Matsuri 2024

Shukujii Park 石神井公園, 1-26 Shakujiidai, Nerima, Tokyo

This festival started in 1988 as a way to remind people of the prestigious past of this area…

Nakizumo Crying Baby Festival 2024

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

The Crying Sumo Festival (泣き相撲) is undoubtedly one of Tokyo’s more unusual events—and one which has attracted the…

Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival) 2024

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

Kurayami Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s most popular festivals and one with a rich and long history with…

Yokohama International Costume Parade 2024

Yamashita Park Yamashita Park, 279 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Annual parade with marching bands and dance teams that takes place during the Golden Week holidays. Check the…

Kachiya Festival 2024

Kameidokatori Shrine Kameidokatori Shrine, 3-57-22 Kameido, Koto, Tokyo

Over 1,000 years ago the military leader Fujiwara no Hidesato came to the shrine to pray for victory…

Kyoto Aoi Matsuri 2024

Kyoto City Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto

The Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) or the “Hollyhock Festival” is one of Kyoto’s three major festivals (the others being…

Sanja Matsuri 2024

Asakusa Shrine Asakusa Shrine, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

Held annually on the third weekend of May, Sanja Matsuri is probably Tokyo’s biggest festival. It celebrates the…

Asakusa Yabusame Archery 2024

Sumida Park Sumida Park, 1-2-5 Mukojima, Sumida, Tokyo

Yabusame (horseback archery) has its roots in the Kamakura period when samurai used the competition to improve their skills…

Sanno Matsuri 2024

Hie Shrine Hie Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The Sanno Festival (山王祭) is the last of Tokyo’s major festivals and one of the three great festivals…