Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival

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Every year during Golden Week, a Spring Grand Festival is held at Meiji Shrine (the biggest and most important shrine in Tokyo).

What happens?

The almost week-long festival features an impressive lineup of traditional performing arts presentations — led by masters in the field. The festival will set up a stage in front of the main shrine.


The dates and performances don’t tend to change from year to year. The 2024 schedule is confirmed and the ceremonies/performances include:

  • April 27 (11:00): Bugaku (ancient imperial court music)
  • May 2 (11:45): Noh and kyogen (classical Japanese theater)
  • May 2 (15:45): Hogaku and hobu (classical Japanese dance)
  • May 3 (9:00): Kyūdō (Japanese archery)
  • May 3 (12:00): Sankyoku (traditional Japanese music)
  • May 3 (14:30): Satsuma biwa (Japanese lute)
Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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