A festival held in Ofuna, Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref, on May 21, 2017.
One of the three great Shinto festivals of Tokyo. The festival started in the early 17th century as a celebration of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s decisive victory at the Battle of Sekigahara (October 21, 1600). It is only held in odd-numbered years.
Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival)
Held at Okunitama Jinja Shrine, Fuchu, Tokyo, from April 30 until May 6, 2017.
Sawara Big Float Festival
Held in Katori, Chiba Pref, on April 29 & 30, 2017. The festival dates back about 300 years to the Edo period. It was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2016.
Narita Taiko Festival, Chiba Pref
The festival has been held in the middle of every April since 1994.
Shunbun Hono-sai at Konno Hachimangu Shrine, Shibuya-ku
Literally; “Vernal Equinox Dedication Festival”.
A ceremony in which anyone can participate to purify themselves from past sins and mistakes and make wishes for a safety and good health. It is held at Tokyo Daijingu Shrine in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Mamemaki (Bean scattering)
A special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come.
Taken at Ikegami Honmonji Temple (Ota-ku) by Candy Javier Sakai
Mamemaki at a temple *Filmed by Isao Tokuhashi
Tens of venders gather at Sensoji Temple to sell a variety of colorful hagoita (wooden paddles).
Taken by Sachi Takao
The main part of this festival is the parade that takes place along Chuo Dori Avenue. The parade features regional festivals that take place throughout Japan.
Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-odori Dance Festival
Held in Hibiya Park in Chiyoda-ku on August 26 & 27, 2016.
Asagaya Tanabata Festival
Held in Asagaya, Suginami-ku, from August 5 until 9.
It is known for its assortment of hanging papier-mâché characters that adorn the arcade.
Tsukiji Noryo Bon Odori Festival
Held at Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple on August 3 – 6, 2016.
Hanazono Jinja Bon Odori Festival 2016
Held at Hanazono Jinja Shrine, located near Shinjuku Station, on August 1 – 2, 2016.
Jizoson Bon Dancing
Held at Zojoji Temple, located near Tokyo Tower, on July 31 – August 1, 2016.
Shimbashi Koichi Matsuri
Held near JR/Metro Shimbashi Station on July 21 – 22, 2016.
One of the three main festivals of Edo along with the Kanda Festival and Fukugawa Festival.
Literally “Three Shrine Festival”. It’s an annual festival held at Asakusa Jinja Shrine and considered one of the wildest and largest Shinto festivals in Tokyo.
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Hino Shinsengumi Festival
Held in Hino, a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, on May 7 & 8.
The Shinsengumi (新選組 or 新撰組, meaning “the new squad”) was a special police force organized by the Bakufu (military government) during Japan’s Bakumatsu period (late shogun) in 1864. It was active until 1869.
It refers to the memorial service performed at temples throughout Japan to celebrate the birth of Buddha on April 8th.
Taken by K2-Style
Furusato Festival Tokyo 2016
Presenting local foods and festivals from across Japan. It’s held until Jan 17 (Sun) at Tokyo Dome.
Tori-no-ichi (The Rooster Market)
Held at Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku-ku.
Shoga Matsuri (Ginger Festival)
Held in Minato-ku.
Shibuya Kon-no Hachimangu Shrine Annual Festival
Taken on Sept 20, 2015, by Hiroyuki Hayashi The live show at Kon-no Hachimangu Shrine on Sept 17, 2015, performed by a band called “BEGIN”. It’s a Japanese pop rock group from Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Pref. *Taken by Megumi Honzawa
The show at the same venue last year.
Koenji Awa-odori Festival
One of Tokyo’s largest summer street festivals with up to 12,000 dance team participants and over 1.2 million visitors over the two day event. It started in 1956 by urban migrants from Tokushima Prefecture. Awa Odori is originated in Tokushima.
Super Yosakoi 2015
Held in Omote-sando/Harajuku area on August 29 & 30, 2015.
Yosakoi is the big summer dance festival held in Kochi City, Shikoku Island. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. It has spread throughout much of Japan.
Held from July 22 until 25, 2015.
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri
Held at Asakusa Shrine, Taito-ku. See this page for more about this festival.
Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri
Held at Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine, Koto-ku. See this page for more about this festival.
Held at Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku-ku. See this page for more about this festival.
Held at Ebisu Shrine at Nihombashi, Chuo-ku. See this page for more about this festival.