Cheapo Weekend for May 9-10: Festival Extravaganza

Adriana Paradiso

If there’s one thing we can guarantee, it’s that this weekend will tickle your festival fancy. First we’ll start with THE BIGGIE and then work our way through the rest.

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The festival, and we mean the festival—Kanda Matsuri—is taking place at Kanda Myojin Shrine. Held every other year, Kanda Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s largest and most impressive festivals that you surely don’t want to miss. You can catch a parade, including horsemen and floats on Sat, May 9 or the omikoshi processions on Sun, May 10.

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As usual, you’ll also find something going on at Yoyogi Park. This weekend will feature the Okinawa Festival (going from Sat-Sun). For your enjoyment, this event’s got the works: Okinawan food, music, crafts and beer alongside artists, comedians and traditional dancing.

But Yoyogi isn’t the only park where celebrations can be had. Visit Shiba Park (also Sat-Sun, near Tokyo Tower) to catch a Thai fair with, as expected, food, drinks, music and a flea market.



For a bit of family fun, head to Hibiya Park for the Come into Contact with Nature Festival. It’s mostly for the little ones to learn about nature, but there are some activities for adults too, like ‘forest yoga’.

And if you just can’t get enough of the whole festival-in-a-park thing, no worries because we’ve got one more. You can enjoy a variety of curries and watch an eating competition at Misaka Park’s Yokosuka Curry Festival.

Happy Weekend!


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