Events in Tokyo and the vicinity

August - 8 : Hachi-gatsu

Events in Japan

A large summer festival held in Fussa, Tokyo municipal, has 400,000 visitors every year. During the festival, the streets are decorated with colorful Tanabata items and 100 stalls line there. People parade and dance through the streets. 

This “advanced” type of Tanabata Festival is basically held to promote the Asagaya shopping street, and most of the objects exhibited along the 700m-long street are handmade by the shop owners, looking funny, cheap, artistic, surreal and chaotic, taken as 'Kawaii' by visitors. 

URAGAWA - Selected Works from CCMA Collection - Paintings and Prints from Edo Period/Contemporary Art
From Aug.5 to Aug.27 2017
Venue: Chiba City Museum, Chiba prefecture

Known as one of the three largest annual festivals established in Edo period (1603-1868), Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri is such a popular traditional festival where 300,000 visitors come to see. The highlight of this festival is the parade of people carrying more than 120 Mikochi (portable shrines), and splashing water over the Mikoshi and the streets. 

UENO JAZZ INN'18 | Aug.4. 2018

This is a musical event organized by Art & Culture Foundation of Taito City, annually held as a part of Ueno Summer Festival.

Famous Japanese jazz musicians will join and perform on the outdoor stage in Ueno Park. The winner who prized at Asakusa Jazz Contest will also take part to show their performance.


Date: August 4th(Sat) 2018
Time: 15:00 (Start at 15:30) - 20:00
Venue:Suijo Ongakudo (Ueno Park Outdoor Stage) near Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park

Admission fees:
JPY 3500 per ticket purchased at the door*
JPY 3000 per advanced ticket

*Students who show their identification card will get a 500-yen discount for a ticket purchased at the door.

Official information


This night event held at the Sumidagawa Riverside in Asakusa where people float paper lanterns to pray for peace.

An Awa-odori dance festival held in Shimokitazawa (called Shimokita for short), a town in the western Tokyo, popular among young Japanese. 

An Awa-odori festival held in front of Mitaka Station (South Exit). Mitaka is a town next to Kichijoji, one of the most popular living area in Tokyo. 

A large Japanese folk dance festival held in Hamacho-koen Park, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Dancers in Yukata (Kimono like clothes) gather around a Yagura stage and dance together.

Suwa-jinja is a historic shrine drawn in Ukiyoe-wood prints by Utagawa Hiroshige, has friendly been called "Osuwa-sama by local people over hundred years.  During the festival, about one hundred of stalls line the streets next to the shrine.

A large Yosakoi-dance competition festival held at Harajuku Omotesando Street, Meiji Shrine, and NHK Keyaki Street in Tokyo. Yosakoi is an advanced-folk dance, originally started in Kochi on Shikoku Island. 

Hibiya Park Marunouchi Ondo Bon-odori Dance Festival is a large Japanese folk dance festival. Dancers in Yukata (Kimono like clothes) gather around a Yagura stage and dance together.

A night market held along Hinohara-kaido way in front of JR Musashi-Itsukaichi Station. Handmade lanterns line and shine in the market place, has a calm and friendly atmosphere of the old town in Tokyo.

Began in 1957, Koenji Awa-odori dance festival became a popular event held every summer, where 10,000 dancers join and a million visitors come to see their performance.