Tokyo Festivals


Shirasagi-no Mai (White Heron Dance)

A ceremonial parade that dates back to the Heian period in Kyoto. It was revived in 1968 to celebrate Tokyo’s 100th Anniversary.

Taken by Sarah Nishina  


Kishibojin Oeshiki

Held at Homyoji Temple, which is located south of Ikebukuro Station. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the death of Nichiren, the founder of the Buddhist Nichiren sect. One of its highlights is the parade of ten-thousand lanterns called Manto (万灯), three to four meter high floats that are decorated with numerous white flowers made from washi (和紙), or Japanese paper.

Taken by Masayuki Miyazaki  


Fukuro Matsuri (Ikebukuro Festival)

It was launched in 1968 by four shop associations in the Ikebukuro Station West Exit area. Today, the event has grown so large that the whole of Ikebukuro shares the festive mood.

Multicultural crowds carrying a mikoshi portable shrine in the festival. *Taken by Masayuki Miyazaki  


Nakanobu Yosakoi Festival

Held in Nakanobu, Shinagawa-ku, on September 16, 2017. Yosakoi (よさこい) is a unique style of dance that originated in Kochi Prefecture. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music.

Taken by Akira Tamachi  


Tsukudo Shrine Festival

It continues until the day the annual festival of the shrine starts. The shrine is located in Kudan, Chiyoda-ku.

Taken by Chika Araki  


Hatagaoka Hachiman Shrine Annual Festival

It’s held on September 9 & 10 at the shrine located in Shinagawa-ku.

Taken by Hiroshi Yamamoto  


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.


Taken by Mekdachi Khalil  



11951851_879801928767017_1171298181019909273_nTaken on August 30, 2015, by Tomoka Nakamura  


Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-odori Dance Festival

Held in Hibiya Park in Chiyoda-ku the end of August.


Taken by Masayuki Miyazaki  

Taken by Mekdachi Khalil  


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Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

Held at Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine, Koto-ku. See this page for more about this festival.


Taken by Mekdachi Khalil  


1508592_10153014677966132_69577660342745752_nTaken by Yasuaki Shikuri  


Nishikubo Hachiman Shirine Festival

Held in Toranomon, Minato-ku from August 9 until 11.

Taken by Mekdachi Khalil  


Asagaya Tanabata Festival

Held in Asagaya, Suginami-ku in every August. It is known for its assortment of hanging papier-mâché characters that adorn the arcade.


Taken by Kaori Ochiai  


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Shinjuku Eisa Festival 2017

Held on July 29, 2017.
*Eisa: A form of folk dance originating from the Okinawa Islands. In origin, it is a Bon dance that is performed by young people of each community during the Bon festival to honor the spirits of their ancestors.

Taken by Akira Tamachi

Taken by Masayuki Miyazaki


Kasukabe Summer Festival

Held in Kasukabe, Saitama Pref, on July 15 & 16.

Taken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi


Torigoe Jinja Annual Festival

One of the exciting mikoshi (portable shrine) festivals in Tokyo. The mikoshi is 4 tons of weight which is the heaviest one in Tokyo. It was held on June 10 & 11.

Taken by Kei Kaburaki


Ofuna Matsuri

A festival held in Ofuna, Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref, on May 21, 2017.

18644553_10211615968727571_628203358_n18624734_10211615968407563_1154217912_n18643766_10211615968127556_1091258419_nTaken by Masayuki MIyazaki


Kanda Matsuri

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.

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Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival)

Held at Okunitama Jinja Shrine, Fuchu, Tokyo, from April 30 until May 6, 2017.

18337043_10211475148327149_261759912_n18308826_10211475141886988_2063526863_n18361175_10211475148927164_1255847979_n18308710_10211475149047167_1783211583_n18360648_10211475141606981_395023615_n18360372_10211475140686958_1610724306_nTaken by Masayuki Miyazaki


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.

18195017_1342531045828696_9044230098595765061_n18157535_1342532402495227_7686172224871388592_n18195109_1342530919162042_156746471150202813_n18194251_1342530849162049_2316539052547985291_n18157957_1342532505828550_8277653623732472110_n18199272_1342531829161951_3300536905873076479_nTaken by Jun KikuChi


Narita Taiko Festival

The festival has been held in Narita, Chiba Pref, in the middle of every April since 1994.

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Shunbun Hono-sai

Held at Konno Hachimangu Shrine, Shibuya-ku. Literally; “Vernal Equinox Dedication Festival”.

17352529_1709351899105626_6912200691517020832_n17362933_1709351905772292_1559365294628971642_n17309266_1709351999105616_8566024802154237384_nTaken by Yoko Kikuchi


Hinamatsuri-no Harae

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.

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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.

16299179_1669901479690266_2403781857210398279_nTaken at Ikegami Honmonji Temple (Ota-ku) by Candy Javier Sakai

21583_1478650938818196_1071204831525224300_nTaken at Hatonomori Hachiman Jinja Shrine (Shibuya-ku) by Hiroshi Koyu Suzuki

Mamemaki at a temple *Filmed by Isao Tokuhashi


Hagoita Fair

Tens of venders gather at Sensoji Temple to sell a variety of colorful hagoita (wooden paddles).

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Nihonbashi-Kyobashi Matsuri

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.

14725544_10210388480684276_1247153466356063520_n14708198_10210388480644275_7165361649336979663_nAwa Odori from Tokushima Pref  

14657429_10210388485484396_8025159912528953840_nNagasaki Kunchi from Nagasaki Pref 14671300_10210388489204489_4846914770996706475_nEisaa from Okinawa Pref 14720513_10210388490164513_6657095392043924088_nTaken by Sarah Nishina  


Tsukiji Noryo Bon Odori Festival

Held at Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple on August 3 – 6, 2016.

13901746_1139297212759946_1285032503_o13918623_1139297262759941_1338560777_oA man making “Ikayaki” (Grilled squids)13843416_1139297299426604_552939247_o13940144_1139297296093271_363068502_oTaken by Hiromi Suzuki  


Hanazono Jinja Bon Odori Festival 2016

Held at Hanazono Jinja Shrine, located near Shinjuku Station, on August 1 – 2, 2016.

13901648_10154217774261438_696000019_o13898390_10154217775326438_1686311117_oKingyo Sukui, Lit.”Goldfish scooping”  

13898253_10154217775796438_1739162677_oTaken by Mekdachi Khalil  


Jizoson Bon Dancing

Held at Zojoji Temple, located near Tokyo Tower, on July 31 – August 1, 2016.

13901695_10154212187686438_1998758034_o (1)13843573_10154212188111438_1752415476_oTaken by Mekdachi Khalil  


Shimbashi Koichi Matsuri

Held near JR/Metro Shimbashi Station on July 21 – 22, 2016.

13716244_10154190379571438_4186446519254993779_nTaken by Mekdachi Khalil  


Sanno Matsuri

One of the three main festivals of Edo along with the Kanda Festival and Fukugawa Festival.

13417404_10205049377953512_1182181837977180499_n 13407070_10205049377993513_3337640319568300309_nTaken by Chika Araki  


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.

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It refers to the memorial service performed at temples throughout Japan to celebrate the birth of Buddha on April 8th.

12961659_969734316429797_5413509773266670107_n12936669_969734313096464_6826305235452078912_nTaken 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.

12573098_10154532358417846_3875653145263894438_n12466138_10154532362782846_6789575013348202803_oYonezawa Beef Bento Boxes from Yamagata Pref.

12473890_10154532359082846_1736083620972699056_oKanto Matsuri performers from Akita Pref.   

12439312_10154532360882846_1309376457606407618_nHakodate Seafood Bowls from Hokkaido   

12522969_10154532358002846_6750577111203095945_nNebutas (floats of brave warrior-figures) from Aomori Pref.
*Taken by Rodger Sono


Tori-no-ichi (The Rooster Market)

Held at Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku-ku.


12241323_10153755292182640_8007696670672396666_nTaken by Ayami Ito  


Shoga Matsuri (Ginger Festival)

Held in Minato-ku.

12038140_10153513454076438_3803332503290191998_nTaken by Mekdachi Khalil  


Shibuya Kon-no Hachimangu Shrine Annual Festival

12046637_886053051481503_6041185424617277255_n (1)12038386_886053621481446_1119849017385533771_n (1)Taken on Sept 20, 2015, by Hiroyuki Hayashi   12004952_869262389830832_5944748170891494322_nThe 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.


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.

11923201_879801012100442_1893938358824074941_n 11953227_879800938767116_3540664762793518376_nTaken by Tomoka Nakamura


Kagurazaka Matsuri

Held from July 22 until 25, 2015.


11742842_858134840929161_4756816145624141515_nTaken by Koichi Enomoto  


Sanja Matsuri

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.


13501_710923555684239_2362025643680380351_nTaken by Aya Karasuyama  



Held at Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku-ku. See this page for more about this festival.

10989174_10153108019942640_3137126917591855894_nTaken by Ayami Ito



Held at Ebisu Shrine at Nihombashi, Chuo-ku. See this page for more about this festival.

10968514_10153108017137640_7558383306087510745_nTaken by Ayami Ito