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.
The Myoko Mountain Music Festival—aka the M Festival—is Japan’s newest two-day outdoor event. Promoting world-class music, sustainability, art, and outdoor lifestyle, M Festival will bring you closer to nature! The festival takes place at Ikenotaira Ski Resort in Myoko, Niigata […]
Due to COVID-19, the annual Tower Climb has been canceled and replaced with a challenge that you can do anywhere. The Step Up Challenge involves walking 20,169 steps in honor of the 20,169 lives lost last year to suicide. Instead […]
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. However there will be music, […]
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 […]
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 […]