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Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Regular Events and Festivals

This page is a guide to regular event dates in Tokyo which people may be interested in checking out. It is also part of the web supplement for my book Tokyo Stroll. Locations listed in parenthesis are chapter names in Tokyo Stroll, when the book comes out page numbers will be added.

Perhaps the best way to put this page to use is to make a calendar of the days you plan to be in Tokyo and then add information from the charts that fit in those dates.

These charts show when regular dated events in Tokyo take place. Given that there are several ways to schedule these events I have resorted to using four charts depending on the method used to set event dates.

  • The first chart is for events that take place every month on a set day.
  • The second chart is for events that take place every month on a specific numbered day.
  • The third chart is for events that take place on a specific date in a specific month and for events take place on a floating (variable) dates annually such as "every January," The Day of the Serpent, 2nd Monday of Mid January-May, etc.

Most religious feast or festival days have special events or booths selling food etc. A few are just days worshipers are more likely to visit as doing so is held to grant special merit.

Entries that are not at a specific temple, shrine, or building in Tokyo Stroll may be linked to the events official website.

NOTES:

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic many events may have had date changes, been cancelled, restricted, moved to online only, or scaled down.
  • During national holidays some institutions and businesses may be closed. If the holiday is on a Monday some museums and shops may be open and closed on the following Tuesday. For NewYears and the following two days most will be closed.
  • The Japanese word Matsuri means festival. These may be religious or secular, the line between the two is nebulous.

Every month on a set day Type of event Place
Daily 300 p.m. Fudō Myōō Goma fire ritual Ryūsenji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
Daily starting at 9:00 a.m. Goma fire ritual
Done every two hours five times a day, six times on Ennichi / Holy Days.
Ryūsenji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
Sundays
Sundays Flea Market Flea Market Hanazono Jinja (Shinjuku Station Area chapter)
1st Sunday Heart Sūtra Copying Daienji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
1st Sunday Antiques market Araiyakushi Baishouin (Nakano Station Area)
1st Sunday Antiques market (Western goods) Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
1st Sunday Ōedo Antique Market Tokyo International Forum (Marunouchi to Nagatachō chapter)
2nd Sunday Antiques market (Asian goods) Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
2nd Sunday Taiyo no Marche "Market of the Sun" Kachidoki-Toyomi Historical Archive Museum
3rd Sunday Ōedo Antique Market Tokyo International Forum (Marunouchi to Nagatachō chapter)
Saturdays
2nd Saturday Taiyo no Marche "Market of the Sun" Kachidoki-Toyomi Historical Archive Museum
Every month on a numbered day Type of event Place
1st every month Festival day Hirakawa Tenmangū (Kōkyo (Imperial Palace chapter)
1st every month Festival day Ōtori Jinja (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
1st every month Ennichi / Holy Day Naritasan Fukagawa Fudōdō (Fukagawa chapter)
1st every month Ennichi / Holy Day Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
3rd day every month around 2:00 p.m. Tendai goma fire ritual Gokokuin (Ueno chapter)
5th every month Temple Fair Suitengū (Ningyōchō chapter)
6th every month Temple Fair Genkakuji (Hakusan/Koishikawa Area chapter)
8th every month Temple Fair Araiyakushi Baishouin (Nakano Station Area)
11th every month Temple Fair, fire ceremony held at 11:00 a.m. Ōkannonji (Ningyōchō chapter)
15th every month Festival day Ōtori Jinja (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
15th every month Ennichi / Holy Day Naritasan Fukagawa Fudōdō (Fukagawa chapter)
15th every month Ennichi / Holy Day Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
15th every month Flea Market Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
15th every month Ami-dadō ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Ryūsenji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
17th every month Temple Fair Ōkannonji (Ningyōchō chapter)
18th every month Kannon ceremony at the Kannondō at 2:00 p.m. Ryūsenji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
18th every month Temple Fair Araiyakushi Baishouin (Nakano Station Area)
24th every month Jizō ceremony at the Jizōdō at 2:00 p.m. Ryūsenji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
25 every month Festival day Hirakawa Tenmangū (Kōkyo (Imperial Palace chapter)
28th, every month Ennichi / Holy Day Naritasan Fukagawa Fudōdō (Fukagawa chapter)
28th every month Temple Fair Araiyakushi Baishouin (Nakano Station Area)
28th every month Temple fair. October 28 is the sweet potato festival. Ryūsenji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
28th every month Ennichi / Holy Day Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
28th every month Flea Market Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
By month on a specific date Type of event Place
January
1-3 Hatsumōde, annual visits to temples or shrines. Temples and shrines all over Japan. Two popular ones to visit are Sensōji in Asakusa and at Meiji Jingū.
1-7 The Shakadō and the main hall are opened. Daienji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
1-7 Statue of Ebisu is displayed. Takarada Ebisu Jinja (Nihonbashi North chapter)
2nd Ippan Sanga Imperial Palace / Kōkyo
2nd Takagari (Falconry) demonstration (Hamarikyū Gardens / Hamarikyū Onshi Teien) (Tsukiji) chapter)
7th Daikon Matsuri Matsuchiyama Shōden (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
18th Mōja Okuri, 6:30 p.m. Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
28th Ennichi / Holy Day Shrine to Ryūkō Fudōson on the roof of Matsuya Ginza
January specific date varies:
January Shinshun Asakusa Kabuki / Asakusa New Year’s Kabuki Asakusa Public Hall (Asakusa chapter)
1st or 2nd Sunday Hatsu (Opening) Basho Ryōgoku Sumō Hall / Ryōgoku Kokugikan (Ryōgoku chapter)
2nd Monday Seijin no Hi / Coming of Age Day National Holiday
Mid January Daikoku Matsuri Kanda Myōjin (Akihabara and Kanda chapter)
February
Early February - early March Ume Matsuri / Plum Festival Yushima Tenmangū (Hongō chapter)
3rd February Setsubun ceremony Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
11th February Kenkoku Kinen no Hi / National Foundation Day National Holiday
23rd February Tennō Tanjōbi / The Emperor's Birthday National Holiday
March
17th and 18th Festival rites conducted Chingodō (Asakusa chapter)
18th Kinryu no Mai / Golden Dragon Dance Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
28th Annual Festival Koami Jinja (Ningyōchō chapter)
March specific date varies:
When the cherries bloom, which is usually in March. Cherry Blossom viewing In many locations. Ueno Park, the Sumidagawa near Asakusa, and Meguro along the river are famous.
Close to the 20th Shunbun no Hi / Spring Equinox Day National Holiday
April
8th The birthday of Shākyamuni Buddha.
The Shakadō and the main hall are opened.
Daienji (Meguro Station Area chapter)
17th Ueno Tōshōgū Taisai Ueno Tōshōgū (Ueno chapter)
19th Annual Festival Komakatadō (Asakusa chapter)
29th Showa no Hi / Showa Day National Holiday
April specific date varies:
2nd Saturday Edo Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu Komatsubashi-dori area (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
2nd Sunday Shirasagi no Mai / White Heron Dance Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
Mid April - early May Tsutsuji Matsuri / Azalea Festival Nezu Jinja (Yanesen chapter)
Mid April - mid May Botan Matsuri / Peony Festival Ueno Tōshōgū (Ueno chapter)
Late April Nakizumō / Crying Baby Festival Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
4th Sunday Confucius Festival Yushima Seidō (Akihabara and Kanda chapter)
May
3rd Kenpo Kinenbi / Constitution Day National Holiday
4th Midori no Hi / Greenery Day National Holiday
5th Kodomo no Hi / Children's Day National Holiday
5th and 6th Shrine Festival Suitengū (Ningyōchō chapter)
15th, weekend closest to Annual Festival Yanagimori Jinja (Akihabara and Kanda chapter)
25th (including weekend before or after chapter) Reitaisai Annual Festival Yushima Tenmangū (Hongō chapter)
25th Shrine Festival Gojō Tenjinsha (Ueno chapter)
28th Saturday, Sunday and Monday closest to May 28 Shrine festival Hanazono Jinja (Shinjuku Station Area chapter)
28th May Ennichi / Holy Day Shrine to Ryūkō Fudōson on the roof of Matsuya Ginza
May specific date varies:
May Takara no Mai / Treasure Dance Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
2nd Sunday Natsu (Summer) Basho Ryōgoku Sumō Hall / Ryōgoku Kokugikan (Ryōgoku chapter)
Mid May, on odd numbered years Kanda Matsuri Kanda Myōjin (Akihabara and Kanda chapter)
May, third weekend Sanja Matsuri Asakusa Jinja (Asakusa chapter)
May, 3rd Friday, Saturday and Sunday Shrine Festival Yoshiwara Jinja (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
May, last Saturday Ueki-ichi / Plant Fair Asakusa Fuji Asama Jinja (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
June
1st Annual Festival Tamagawa Sengen Jinja
June specific date varies:
1st weekend Annual Festival The main festival is held every 3 years. Shirahige Jinja (Northwestern Sumida Ward chapter)
Mid June Ajisai Matsuri / Hydrangea Festival Hakusan Jinja (Hakusan/Koishikawa Area chapter)
Mid June on even numbered years Sanno Matsuri Hie Jinja (Marunouchi to Nagatachō chapter)
June Shrine Festival.
The Tsukiji Shi-shi Matsuri grand festival is held every three years
Namiyoke Inari Jinja (Tsukiji chapter)
June, last Saturday Ueki-ichi / Plant Fair Asakusa Fuji Asama Jinja (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
July
9th and 10 Hōzuki Ichi / Chinese Lantern Plant Fair Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
20th, weekend closest to Hōzuki Ichi / Chinese Lantern Plant Fair Genkakuji (Hakusan/Koishikawa Area chapter)
20th, weekend closest to Asagao Ichi / Morning Glory Fair Denzūin (Hakusan/Koishikawa Area chapter)
July specific date varies:
7th day Tanabata Shopping streets are commonly decorated ornaments hung from bamboo.
3rd Monday Umi no Hi / Ocean Day National Holiday
Last Saturday Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai / Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival Asakusa
Mid July to mid-August Ueno Natsu Matsuri / Ueno Summer Festival Many locations in the Ueno area, mostly near Shinobazu Pond.
August
11th Yama no Hi / Mountain Day National Holiday
August specific date varies:
Early August Takigi Nō performances Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
August 15th weekend closest to. Main festival, every three years a larger grand festival is held. Tomioka Hachimangū (Fukagawa chapter)
August 17th, every three years on a weekend close to Great Festival Fukagawa Shinmeigū
September
15th Annual Festival Konnō Hachimangū (Shibuya Station area chapter)
18th Annual Festival Inari Kiō Jinja (Shinjuku Station Area chapter)
28th September Ennichi / Holy Day Shrine to Ryūkō Fudōson on the roof of Matsuya Ginza
September specific date varies:
September Tenka Matsuri Nezu Jinja (Yanesen chapter)
September Shrine Festival Ōtori Jinja (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
September Shrine Festival Miyamasu Mitake Jinja (Shibuya Station Area chapter)
2nd Sunday Aki (Autumn/Fall) Basho Ryōgoku Sumō Hall / Ryōgoku Kokugikan (Ryōgoku chapter)
Early September on a Sunday Meguro Sanma Matsuri / Meguro Pacific Saury Festival Location may vary (Meguro Station Area chapter)
Mid September Annual Festival (Grand festival every 5 years) Ushijima Jinja (Northwestern Sumida Ward chapter)
2nd Monday Taiiku no Hi / Health and Sports Day National Holiday
3rd Monday Keiro no Hi / Respect for the Aged Day National Holiday
varies, close to the 23rd Shubun no Hi / Autumn Equinox Day National Holiday
October
11tgh to 13th Oeshiki festival Honmonji
14th and 15th Kiku Matsuri / Chrysanthemum festival Daienji (Yanesen chapter)
18th Kinryu no Mai / Golden Dragon Dance Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
19th and 20th Bettara Ichi Takarada Ebisu Jinja (Nihonbashi North chapter)
October specific date varies:
Mid October - November mid Asakusa Kikkaten / Asakusa Chrysanthemum Exhibition Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
Late October - most of November Meiji Jingū Kikkaten / Meiji Shrine Chrysanthemum Exhibition Meiji Jingū (Omotesandō/Harajuku Area chapter)
November
1-3 Autumn Grand Festival Meiji Jingū (Omotesandō/Harajuku Area chapter)
1-23 Kiku Matsuri / Chrysanthemum festival Yushima Tenmangū (Hongō chapter)
3rd Bunka no Hi / Culture Day National Holiday
3rd Shirasagi no Mai / White Heron Dance Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
15th Shichigosan / Seven-Five-Three Celebrated at various Shintō shrines
23rd Kinro Kansha no Hi / Labor Thanksgiving Day National Holiday
23rd Shrine Festival Yushima Seidō (Akihabara and Kanda chapter)
28th (if the 28th is on a weekend the date is shifted to the nearest Friday or Monday chapter) Doburoku Matsuri Koami Jinja (Ningyōchō chapter)
November specific date varies:
November on the Day of the Rooster Tori no Ichi Miyamasu Mitake Jinja (Shibuya Station Area chapter)
November on the Day of the Rooster Tori no Ichi Hanazono Jinja (Shinjuku station area chapter)
November on the Day of the Rooster Tori no Ichi Ōtori Jinja (Yoshiwara and Sanya chapter)
December
17th-19th Toshi no Ichi Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
31st, at midnight Joya no Kane/Ringing of the temple bell Many larger temples do this, one of the most famous is the one at Sensōji (Asakusa chapter)
Spring and Fall
Irregular dates, once in the Fall once in the Spring Flea Market Shinjuku Golden Gai (Shinjuku Station Area chapter)

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