Tokyo Events This Week: All the Festivals

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Tokyo events for Monday, September 23 to Sunday, September 29, 2019

This week, Tokyo taps into its love of festivals. From traditional festivals—like the Ohara Naked Festival and Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri—to ones celebrating Indian, Czech and Korean culture and cuisine.

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Ohara Naked Festival

Well, almost naked. A parade of men in loin cloths walk the streets of Ohara carrying mikoshi (portable shrines) on their shoulders. The parade route leads to the sea where the shrines will be dunked before heading back to Ohara Shrine.

 Ohara Naked Festival

Dates:Late Sep, 2020
Entry:Free

Okunitama Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival

The Autumn Festival at Okunitama Jinja Shrine is also called the Chestnut Festival because—you guessed it—the region is known for its top-quality chestnuts. Another highlight is the 260 paper lanterns that light up the area.



 Okunitama Shrine Autumn Festival/Chestnut Festival

Dates:27th Sep–28th Sep, 2020
Entry:Free

Takigi Noh (Firelight Noh)

A rare opportunity to see a free performance of noh, a live classical Japanese musical drama, at Zojoji Temple. Usually this type of performance is held in a theater, but this one will be held outdoors and illuminated by firelight.

 Takigi Noh (Firelight Noh) at Zojoji Temple

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Dates:Late Sep, 2020
Entry:¥2,000 – ¥8,000

National Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day

Check out the extensive permanent collection at the Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park for free. Works include paintings from the late Medieval period through to the 20th century and modern French sculpture.

 National Museum of Western Art - Free Admission Day

Dates:26th Oct, 2019
Entry:Free

Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri

Shinagawa was, historically, the first rest stop between Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo period. Calling back to those times, locals dress up (pretending to be samurai, geisha, courtesans and other historical characters) and parade the streets tracing a section of the old route.

 Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri

Dates:Late Sep, 2020
Entry:Free

Nikkan Festival

This is the annual Japan–South Korea Exchange festival held simultaneously in Tokyo and Seoul. Head down to Hibiya Park for two days of entertainment: from dancing and cheerleading to musical performances (traditional, K-POP, instrumental) and taekwondo displays. Plus lots of tasty Korean cuisine offerings to be had.

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 Nikkan Festival

nikkan festival
Dates:Late Sep, 2020
Entry:Free

Namaste India 2019

An Indian cultural festival at Yoyogi Park with over 30 different food and drink stalls, plus musical and dance performances, lectures and other displays. There are scheduled performances all day on both Saturday and Sunday.

 Namaste India 2020

Namaste India
Dates:Late Sep, 2020
Entry:Free

Czech Festival 2019

Visitors will have a unique opportunity to experience Czech traditions, music and cuisine. There will also be various stalls selling traditional cosmetics, books, toys, jewelry, accessories, print textiles and more.

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 Czech Festival 2020

Czech Festival Wine
Dates:Late Sep, 2020
Entry:Free

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).

 Red Spider Lily Festival

Dates:Mid
~
Late Sep, 2020
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥300
Students:
On the door: ¥300

Hagi Festival

Hagi is Japanese for bush clover, a lovely fall flower you can see at the even lovelier Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens.

 Hagi Festival

Dates:Mid Sep
~
Early Oct, 2020
Entry:
Adults:
On the door: ¥150
Over 65s:
On the door: ¥70

Cosmos Flower Festival at Showa Kinen Park

Autumn at Showa Kinen Park holds a special place in our hearts as fields of picturesque cosmos flowers bloom during the season.

 Cosmos Flower Festival at Showa Kinen Park

Dates:14th Sep–27th Oct, 2019
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Tags: Culture Festivals, Flower Festivals, Food Festivals, Mastsuri, Mikoshi, Traditional Festivals, Vegetarian, Weekend
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