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Asakusa Tori no Ichi III

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 III

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…

Kite Market at Oji Inari Shrine III

Oji Inari Shrine 王子稲荷神社, 1-12-26 Kishimachi, Kita, Tokyo

Kite market (凧市) held on the Day of the Horse every February. The dates depending on the twelve…

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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…

Recurring

Golden Dragon Dance in Asakusa

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

The Golden Dragon Dance celebrates the re-construction of the main hall of Sensoji in 1958 after it was…

Akasaka Jodoji Bon Odori Festival 2021

Jodoji Temple 浄土寺, 4-3-5 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo

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

Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon Odori 2021

Hibiya Park Fountain Plaza 日比谷公園 噴水広場, 1 Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda, Tokyo

The annual Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon Odori. An international crowd supplemented by the office workers from the…

Hodogaya Candle Night 2021

Hodogaya Park Hodogaya Park, 4-2 Hanamidai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Annual event with hundreds of candles lining Hodogaya Park in Yokohama. In past years there has been fire…

Setagaya Hachimangu Autumn Festival 2021

Setagaya Hachiman Shrine 世田谷八幡宮, 1-26-3 Miyasaka, Setagaya, Tokyo

Autumn matsuri held at Setagaya Hachimangu, one of the larger shrines in Setagaya Ward. Notable for the dohyo…

Meguro Kumin Matsuri 2021

Dendo Square Park, Meguro 田道広場公園, 1-25-8 Meguro, Meguro, Tokyo

Also known as the “Meguro Sun Festival”, Meguro’s annual Kumin Matsuri is actually four events rolled into one.…

Shimbashi Koichi Festival 2021

SL Plaza, Shimbashi 新橋駅西口広場, 2-7-7 Shimbashi, Minato, Tokyo

The Koichi Matsuri typically takes place in late July in the SL Plaza and the adjacent Sakurada Park,…

Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri 2021

Aomono-Yokocho 青物横丁駅, 3-1-20 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo

Annual festival celebrating the history of Shinagawa and its role in making Tokyo the city it is today.…

Koto Kumin Matsuri 2021

Kiba Park 木場公園, 4-6 Kiba, Koto, Tokyo

Annual community festival in Koto Ward which is notable for the log rolling event held in Kiba Park.…

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Golden Dragon Dance in Asakusa

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

The Golden Dragon Dance celebrates the re-construction of the main hall of Sensoji in 1958 after it was…

Recurring

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…

Canceled Kyoto Aoi Matsuri 2022

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 2022

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…

Canceled Okinawa Festival 2022

Yoyogi Park (Events Area) 代々木公園野外ステージ, 2-2-3 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo

The Okinawa Festival returns this year with performances from musicians on the main stage, food stalls, and booths…

Okinawa Mensore Festival 2022

Ikebukuro Sunshine City Sunshine City, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Okinawa themed anything is always a draw in Japan. This time it is Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City that hosts…

Yokohama Port Festival 2022

Rinko Park, South Exit Plaza 南口広場, 1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa

Annual event celebrating the anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port to America, Holland, Russia, Britain, and France…