Tokyo Festivals

Light up the Beach at the Enoshima Toro Lantern Festival

Jul 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

The area to the southwest of Tokyo proper located in Kanagawa Prefecture called Shonan, is known for being a longtime beach playground for anyone into the summer beach scene in...[ Click to read more ]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

Jul 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor's spirits will return...[ Click to read more ]

Sanja Matsuri, Tokyo’s Wildest Festival

Apr 20, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Tokyo has many festivals, and particularly as we head towards the summer months they will be coming thick and fast. But none are quite so wild as Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa....[ Click to read more ]

Thai Festival in Tokyo

Apr 10, 2018 By

The annual Thai Festival in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park is a great place to find excellent Thai food, as well as enjoy a diverse stage schedule including martial arts demonstrations, musicians, dancers,...[ Click to read more ]

Sanno Matsuri, One of Tokyo’s Three Most Important Festivals

May 30, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

When it comes to festivals (matsuri), nothing can quite beat Japan in the summer. Pretty much every town and city will have one, and Tokyo, being the cultural (and pretty...[ Click to read more ]

Summer Nights With Tokyo’s Magical Fireflies 2017

May 19, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

There are four key ways that you can tell that summer on its way in Japan. The top three are obvious: the convenience stores replacing nikuman with cold ramen; cool biz mercifully replacing...[ Click to read more ]

Oeshiki Festival of Light at Ikegami Honmonji Temple in Tokyo

Sep 21, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

In the autumn of 1282 Nichiren, the founder of the branch of Buddhism that now bears his name, plagued by ill health, was persuaded to leave his home of Minobu...[ Click to read more ]