Meiji Shrine Spring Festival

Festivals in Tokyo

Tokyo holds many festivals (matsuri) throughout the year. Major festivals include the Sanno Festival at Hie Shrine, and the Sanja Festival at Asakusa Shrine. The Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo is held every two years in May. The festival features a parade with elaborately decorated floats and thousands of people. Annually on the last Saturday of July, an enormous fireworks display is held over the Sumida River and it attracts over 1 million viewers. Once cherry blossoms, or sakura, bloom in spring, many residents gather in parks such as Ueno Park, Inokashira Park, and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for picnics under the cherry trees.

Festival name Location Description Time
Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri Bunkyō (Nezu Shrine) Azalea festival April to May
Fuji Matsuri Kōtō (Kameido Tenjin Shrine) Wisteria festival April to May
Hinode Matsuri Ōme (Mitake Shrine) Sunrise festival May 8
Kachiya Festival Kōtō (Katori Shrine) This festival commemorates Fujiwara Hidesato's prayer for victory before suppressing Taira no Masakado's revolt. The festival dates to Hidesato's offering of his bow and arrow to the shrine after his victory in battle. During the modern festival, there is a dedication of a kachiya (victory arrow) and a traditional warrior parade. May 5
Kanda Matsuri Chiyoda (Kanda Myojin Shrine) Kanda Matsuri is one of Tokyo's three major festivals that dates back to the Edo period. The festival's climax occurs when volunteer Kandakko carry 200 portable shrines in a vigorous parade toward the Kanda Myojin Shrine. May
Tenno Matsuri Shinagawa (Shinagawa Shrine and Ebara Jinja Shrine) Includes Kappa Matsuri ritual. Early June
Kifune Matsuri Ota-ku (Kifune Shrine) Spring (between March and May)
Kurayami Matsuri Fuchu (Okunitama Shrine) Black night festival Spring (between March and May)
Meiji Shrine Spring Festival Shibuya-ku (Meiji Shrine) Spring (between March and May)
Osunafumi Taisai Setagaya-ku (Tamagawa Daishi Temple) Walking-on-sand ritual Spring (between March and May)
Sanja Matsuri Taito-ku (Asakusa Shrine) A festival honoring the three men that found a statue of Kannon which led to the founding of Sensō-ji in the Asakusa district. It is one of the three major festivals in Tokyo. Its notable for its extravagant parade of mikoshi, musicians and dancers. Third weekend in May
Shishi Matsuri Toshima-ku (Nagasaki Shrine) Lion dance festival Spring (between March and May)
Takigi Noh Minato-ku (Zojoji Temple) Open-air torchlight Noh performance Spring (between March and May)
Yayoi Matsuri Taito-ku (near Sensoji Temple) ceremony by the Edo Shobo Kinen-kai (Edo Civilian Fire Fighters' Association) Spring (between March and May)
Koenji Awa Odori Summer (between June and August)
Asakusa Samba Matsuri Summer (between June and August)
Sumida Fireworks Asakusa and Sumida Ward Summer (between June and August)
Tokyo Bay Fireworks Summer (between June and August)
Jingu Fireworks Summer (between June and August)
Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Summer (between June and August)
Tokyo Jidai Matsuri Asakusa This festival celebrates the history of Tokyo and was first held in 1999. (It is not to be confused with Kyoto's Jidai Matsuri.) November 3
Oeshiki Ikegami Honmonji October 11–13
Hatsumode Meiji Shrine, Sensoji, and other major shrines and temples New Year's Prayers Winter (between December and February)
Dezome-shiki Tokyo Big Sight Fireman's Parade Winter (between December and February)
Setsubun Sensoji and other major temples Winter (between December and February)
Honbasho (Grand Sumo Tournaments) Ryōgoku Kokugikan January, May, and September

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