Festivals & Events

Traditional festivals & seasonal events in Tokyo

Japan experiences all four distinctive seasons. Each season; spring, summer, autumn, and winter, has its own special festivals and events. In Tokyo, many unique festivals and events celebrating various holidays and seasons, are held throughout the year. They include traditional religious festivals, modern anime conventions, and fireworks displays.

Below, we have gathered a selection of some of the most well-known/popular festivals in Tokyo such as firework festivals, cherry blossom viewing (Hanami), autumn leaf viewing, and Christmas illuminations. We also included some of our suggestions for seasonal recreational activities.

Where to buy Valentine’s Day chocolate in Tokyo

Valentine's Day in Japan Valentine’s Day (February 14th) is celebrated in Japan every year not just by couples, but also between friends and families. The one thing about Valentine’s Day, in Japan, that is probably uncommon in other countries is that women give presents to men. The custom of a woma…

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What is White Day in Japan?

White Day is the day on March 14 when men who received chocolates on Valentine's Day return the favor to the woman. On White Day, the most common sweets are candies, marshmallows, and chocolates.

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10 Top Tokyo Festivals to Satisfy Your Cultural Craving

One of the most enjoyable aspects of life in Japan is the many festivals that take place throughout the year, often distinct to an area or region. Tokyo is no exception, with a number of unique festivals ranging from religious parades where people carry shrines, to the enormous dance festivals of s…

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Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo 2024 - A Brief Guide to Hanami Culture & List of Popular Spots

According to the Japan Meteorological Corporation, the forecast for cherry blossoms in Tokyo predicts that they will begin to bloom on March 24 and reach their peak on March 31. The estimated date for cherry blossoms to bloom and reach full bloom is two days earlier than the average year for both p…

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Fireworks (Hanabi) Festival in Tokyo 2024

Every year there are many beautiful firework events lighting up the sky in Japan during summer. Why are there so many events being held? These events originated from the use of fireworks as a way of appeasing one’s ancestors during the “Obon” period. Obon is a traditional annual Buddhist event for…

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