Events in Japan

May - 5 : Go-gatsu

Events in Japan

Iris Flower Festival at Suigo Sawara Ayame Park | May.25 - Jun.23 2019

This aquatic botanical garden is the most exquisite Japanese Iris garden in Asia, where 1500 thousand iris in 400 different varieties are planted.

Kasama Tsutsuji (Azalea) Festival | Apr.13 - May.6. 2019 

Kasama, a historic town known for its pottery production, holds a large garden located on a hilltop, blessed with stunning views of 8500 Azalea trees.

Samurai Festival at Odawara Castle (near Hakone) | May 3

The largest festival in Odawara City, held in honour of the Hojo Samurai Family, the 5 lords of Odawara Castle who developed the castle town.  Having 1700 participants in this festival, people in Samurai costume parade through the town.

Rose Festival at Kamakura Museum of Literature | May.10 - Jun.9. 2019

Kamakura is a historic town beloved by some renowned Japanese authors such as a Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari, and the Kamakura Museum of Literature exhibits manuscripts by those writers and their belongings.

Toshogu Shrine Spring Festival in Nikko | May 17 & 18

The largest festival held at Nikko Toshogu Shrine in the historic area of Nikko. This event takes place in spring and autumn. The highlight is Yabusame Horseback Archery put on at the approach to the Toshogu Shrine and the Samurai parade.

Azalea Festival at Komuroyama Park | Apr.29 - May.5 2019

Has a hundred thousand of Azalea flower in 40 different varieties, covers the 35000 square meter garden at Komuroyama Park, Izu. 

Meiji Jingu Spring Grand Festival | Apr.27 - May.3 2019

Japanese traditional dances such as Noh and Kyogen put on in honour the deities. 

Kurayami Matsuri Festival (Festival in darkness) | May 5 (Apr.30 - May 6) 2019

A traditional festival held at Ookunitamajinja Shrine in Fuchu, in the west Tokyo. Has a history of over 1000 years, nearly 700 thousand people come to this festival every year. The highlight is the parade of Mikoshi (portable shrines) carrying and the drumming ceremony.

Cinco De Mayo 2019 at Arakawa-yuen Ground: May.11 and 12. 2019

The 7th festival of Cinco De Mayo will take place at Arakawa Ward, Tokyo

Edamame Festival in Yashio | May.25 and Jun.16. 2019

Yashio City, well known for Edamame production, holds a local event to promote their Edamame. Fresh Edamame and beer can be enjoyed there. You can also buy sweets and snack made with Edamame at the market.

Omiya Bonsai Festival | May 3- 5 2019

A large Bonsai Festival held at Omiya Bonsai village in Omiya. During the festival, masterpieces of Bonsai works are exhibited, and Bonsai plants and pots are also sold there.

Chiba Boso-no-Mura Spring Festival | May 3 - 5 2019

Boso-no-Mura is an open-air museum operated by Chiba prefecture, has a park with exhibits of Japanese buildings backing to the old Japan of 150 years ago. A number of hands-on events are held during this festival, good for families. Admission: 300 JP Yen/ Adult (Free for children under 15 years old)

Yorii Hojo Samurai festival | May.19 2019

This is an event to play the scene of a Samurai battle occurred in Yorii area back in 1590. About 500 people in Samurai costume join and perform as warriors.

Sanja Matsuri Festival in Asakusa | May.17 - 19 2019

With a history of over 700 years, Sanja Matsuri is one of the three great Edo(Tokyo) Matsuri festivals. During the 3-day festival, all the streets around Sensoji temple will be jam-packed with viewers and parade performers and that is the headlight of this festival.

Spring Rose Festival at Jindai Botanical Gardens | May.8 - Jun.9. 2019

The Jindai Botanical Gardens (神代植物公園) is one of Tokyo Metropolitan Parks located in Chofu city. The gardens have 5200 roses in 400 different varieties, blooming in spring and autumn.

Tokyo Minato Matsuri Festival | May 18 & 19 2019

In this event, the Tokyo Fire Department will put on a performance to demonstrate firefighting in the air and on the sea.

Adachi Fish Market Public Open Day | May. 11. 2019

The fifth year public-openday aniversary event will also take place from 10:00 to 15:00. 

Teruhime Princess Festival | May. 19. 2019

People in traditional Japanese dress and in Samurai costume parade along streets. Dance performance is also held in Shakuji-koen Park.