Tori-no-ichi is an annual traditional festival held at shrines and temples nationwide on set days (rooster days) in November to wish for good luck and prosperity in business. The festival has been held in the Asakusa area since the Edo period at Ootori Shrine and Chokokuji Temple. The festivity continues until midnight with ‘kumade’ rakes decorated with gold and silver sold by lively vendors in the shrine and temple compound. You can make your wish for good luck while enjoying the atmosphere of Tokyo’s old downtown at this late fall/early winter event.
Famous for its Azalea Festival in spring, this is Nezu Shrine’s other major yearly festival. This festival has been held continuously since the time when Tokyo was known as Edo, being one of the more well known festivals from the […]
This annual event celebrates many aspects of Okinawan culture—from cuisine, music, dance, traditional arts and more. Last year, there were around 220,000 visitors over the five-day period. A major draw of course are the various food and drink stalls serving […]
Even the office/nightlife district of Roppongi has its own local neighborhood festival. The gods enshrined at Tenso Shrine—located between Tokyo Midtown and the National Art Center—go for a spin around the neighborhood in their fancy (little) portable shrines on the […]
An annual festival at this shrine close to Akasaka-Mitsuke Station in celebration of the renowned middle Edo period samurai, judge and feudal lord Ooka Tadasuke. Ooka is celebrated in many tales still popular today for being an incorruptible magistrate and […]