Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival


The roads will be closed and the whole town of Tsukiji will take to the streets to celebrate the annual Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival at Namiyoke Shrine.

What happens?

What makes this festival different from all the other mikoshi (portable shrine) processions is the giant lion heads that are carried beside the shrines. On Saturday, you may also spot cute shrines with famous Japanese children’s characters on top, ushered in by local kids.

Schedule 2024

The main event will take place on Sunday. Street stalls will be held throughout the weekend and there will be a small festival on Friday at 6 p.m.

June 7 (Fri.)

  • Chinka Festival (flower ritual to ward off evil spirits)
  • Yomiya Festival

June 8 (Sat.)

  • Shinto ritual ceremonial dance performances (held at the main shrine)

June 9 (Sun.)

  • 09:00–15:30: The portable shrines and lion heads will set off in the morning and go around the whole of Tsukiji before returning to the shrine).
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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