The hottest months of summer are traditionally when Japanese commune with and honor the spirits of the dead. One such festival based around this idea is the Mitama Matsuri at the politically complex Yasukuni Shrine. Along the sando – the promenade leading to the main shrine – 30,000 lanterns are strung from towers of metal scaffolding to create a spectacular approach. The festival runs for 6 days from July 13th. The shrine is a 5-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on the Tokyo Metro Honzomon and Tozai Lines as well as the Toei Shinjuku Line.
The 71st Ome City Nohryo Fireworks Festival features 4,132 fireworks to be hurled into the night sky over Nagayama Park in Ome City in the evening of the first Saturday in August. The festivities will begin at 7:30pm and conclude […]
A traditional summer shrine festival at one of the most serene shrines in central Tokyo. Thankfully, the festival takes place during the relative cool of the late afternoon and early evening. Expect all the summer festival standards—yatai (food trucks), games, […]
Dance to the beat of the taiko drums—or just watch—at this annual Bon dance festival at Tsukiji Honganji temple. As a bonus of being so close to the gourmet hot spots of Tsukiji Market and Ginza, there will be various […]
The Akishima Citizen Whale Festival will take place on the first weekend at the Showa Park (athletics stadium). The nearest station is the Higashi-Nakagami Station on JR Ome Line. Hihglights include a giant whale being pushed through the streets and […]