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This “never-ending” 11-day traditional festival will end off with a huge procession of 20 portable shrines on Saturday (the main festival day) at Shiba Daijingu.
Downtown Drinks #30
Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling at Commune 2nd. This is our 30th casual meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.
Ultra Japan is the biggest EDM festival in the country with big-name headliners like Afrojack, DJ Snake, Armin van Buuren and Nicky Romero, Galantis, Axwell & Ingrosso and Carl Craig.
Fashion’s Night Out Tokyo 2018
Vogue magazine’s international fashion and shopping event is making its way back to Tokyo. Lovers of everything chic and trendy should make their way to Omotesando Hills—Tokyo’s high fashion mecca—to catch the festivities.
Motoshinmei Shrine Annual Festival
A classic Japanese shrine festival with food stalls, traditional bon dancing, a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade and taiko drumming.
Nezu Shrine Festival
An annual and traditional Japanese festival at the Kyoto-esque Nezu Shrine with yet another mikoshi parade and street food stalls.
Nakanobu Nebuta Festival
If you missed your chance to visit Aomori for its world-famous Nebuta Festival, there’s a mini-version taking place in Shinagawa that’s been running since 1989. The main parade with the iconic Nebuta floats will go from 5pm-8pm.
Setagaya Hachimangu Autumn Festival
Can’t get enough traditional shrine festivals? Head to Setagaya Hachimangu Shrine’s Autumn Festival for the usual dose of mikoshi (portable shrine) parades, but with the addition of a sumo display!
252nd Sakaki Festival
This centuries-old festival will take place around Hiyoshi Shrine and involves the parading around of a Sakaki tree (Japanese evergreen) with strips of paper tied to it. Plus music/drum performances, traditional garb and more.
Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri
A community festival featuring a procession of dashi (traditional floats) accompanied by festival food, music and dancing at Hikawa Shrine.
Red Spider Lily Festival
One of the more impressive flower festivals, the Red Spider Lily blankets the Kinchakuda fields in Hidaka, Saitama (just a short jaunt outside of Tokyo).
For more top Tokyo events happening this month, see our September recommendations.
Our favorite (read: cheapest) maid cafes in Akihabara. These types of cafes are one of Japan’s pop culture icons.