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Tokyo Festival - Events
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O-Shogatsu (New Year) 1–3 January
Families visit shrines and temples to offer prayers for the coming year, at temples and Shinto shrines across the city
Opening of the
Imperial Palace
2 January
Crowds assemble for the public appearance of the
Emperor and Empress, Imperial Palace
Dezomeshiki Early January, (New Year’s Parade of Firemen)
Tokyo’s firemen perform traditional acrobatic stunts and show the newest equipment, Odaiba
Setsubun 3 or 4 February
Ceremony to scare away demons, Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, and major temples across the city
Golden Week 29 April to 5 May
A major holiday incorporating many national
holidays, during which several offices close and large
numbers of locals take a holiday (a crowded time to
travel), throughout the city
Cherry Blossom
Picnics and amusement beneath the city’s 1000's of cherry trees, throughout the city
Kanda Matsuri A weekend in mid May (odd-numbered years only)
A major street festival with parades of portable shrines and traditional floats, Kanda Myojin Shrine
Sanja Matsuri 3rd weekend in May
Tokyo’s biggest and most famous festival featuring
huge parades of portable shrines carried by
men and women in traditional costume, Asakusa
Sanno Matsuri A weekend in mid-June (even-numbered years only)
Historic street festival featuring parades of portable
shrines and a procession of 500 people in traditional
court dress, Hie Shrine
Sumida Hanabi Late July / Early August
Sumida Fireworks Festival, a spectacular fireworks display on Tokyo’s Sumida River, Asakusa
Asakusa Samba
Late August
A show of colour and sound organised by Brazilian- Japanese returnees, Asakusa
Dancing is held place beneath colourful lanterns to honor the spirits of the ancestors, various venues
Tokyo Film
28 October to 5 November
Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan’s annual film
extravaganza, Bunkamura, Shibuya
Tokyo Motor
Late October to Early November
Tokyo Motor Show, passenger cars and motorcycles
presented on odd-numbered years, commercial
vehicles featured on even-numbered years, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
Shichi-go-san 15 November (or closest weekend)
Children are dressed in their best clothes and taken to Shinto shrines to pray for their future. Meiji Shrine,
Asakusa Shrine, Hie Shrine and others across the city
Tori-no-Ichi Mid-Nov
Extraordinarily decorated rakes, believed to bring good fortune, are sold at a huge shrine fair, Otori Shrine, Asakusa
Hagoita-Ichi 17 to 19 December
Extravagantly decorated battledore paddles of all sizes are sold at a large and well-liked temple fair in the hope of an auspicious start to the New Year, Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
Omisoka 31 December
Temple bells ring out 108 times and people gather to temples and shrines to see in the New Year, Meiji Shrine and temples and shrines across the city