Mid
Nov

Kurimoto Furusato Sweet Potato Festival

Free

As the temperatures plunge and winter approaches, Japan’s winter comfort foods start to reappear. Chief among these is the humble sweet potato. Honoring this starchy staple, the residents of Kurimoto will pull thousands of these purple tubers and roast them straight away in one of more than 120 earth ovens.

To start the ovens, small bonfires are built over which a stove pipe is added and a small hillock of sand is heaped on – along with all those thousands of sweet potatoes.

If you turn up to the event, you can get your own yakiimo (roasted sweet potato) for free. The venue is a haul from central Tokyo, but at least there’s a potato reward at the end.

Tokyo's Best Events and Cultural Activities in Your Inbox Every Week

Featured Events
Related Events
  • Jun 6
    ~
    Jun 7

    Eco Life Fair 2020

    Postponed

    To promote World Environment Day (which falls on June 5th) and World Environment Month, the Eco Life Fair will return to the event square at Yoyogi park for two days. This year’s theme is “From awareness, to action” Some of the […]

    Free
  • torigoe matsuri
    Jun 6
    ~
    Jun 7

    Torigoe Matsuri

    Cancelled

    The Torigoe Matsuri in June is a big event if only for the main feature: the procession of Torigoe Shrine’s omikoshi (portable shrine) weighing in at 4 tons—the biggest in Tokyo. Like the Sanja, this matsuri also involves smaller shrines from the […]

    6:30am – 9:00pm
    Free
  • Early
    Jun

    Vietnam Festival 2020

    Postponed

    The Vietnam Festival is back with all the trimmings. Held at Yoyogi Park, the event stage will host the weekend’s performances, stating with a folk art performance featuring ao dai (traditional Vietnam silk tunic). The ao dai show is at 10:00 on […]

    10:00am – 8:00pm
    Free
  • International Tokyo Toy Show
    Jun 11
    ~
    Jun 14

    International Tokyo Toy Show

    Cancelled

    The Tokyo Toy Show is Japan’s biggest show for the toy trade. While the first two days (Thursday and Friday) are trade only days, the event is open to the public on the weekend. Don’t expect it to be just […]

    Free