Festivals In Tokyo

Here is a list of some of the best festivals / holidays in the Tokyo area.
There are too many festivals all over Japan to write each one (there are even too many just within the Tokyo area). But here are some of the ones that I recommend.
I’ll add any that I may have forgotten as I remember them.

If the festival’s name is written below in red, that means it’s in the Tokyo area. Ones written in green are outside Tokyo, but recommended.

If you have any questions about any Japanese festivals / holidays (how to get there, more information about the festival, etc), please click here to contact me.

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JANUARY

  • January 1-3: お正月 (New Years)
    New Years is the biggest holiday in Japan. Besides having a traditional dinner with all the relatives, many people go to local temples for the events there.This is one of the two times a year that the royal family greet the public at the Emperor’s Palace.If you visit Tokyo Disneyland, you might see Mickey and Minnie Mouse wearing 着物 (Japanese kimono).Also, many stores sell 福袋 (“Lucky Bag” or “Happy Bag”) which are bags full of items from the store sold at a special price. You can’t look inside the bag until after you pay for it…which many people consider part of the fun.
  • Early January: New Year Grand Kabuki
    In the famous 歌舞伎座 (Kabuki Theater) in 銀座 (Ginza, Tokyo).
  • Early January: New Year Grand Sumo
    At the 国技館 (Sumo Arena) in 両国 (Ryogoku, Tokyo).
  • January 6: 出初式 (Firefighter’s Festival)
    An elaborate demonstration by Tokyo’s firefighters using ladders, firehoses, and firetrucks.
  • Second Monday of January: 成人の日 (Adults Day)
    This is a holiday to celebrate young people entering adulthood. People who just turned 20 years old (or will become 20 this year) wear a 着物 (kimono) or suit and attend a ceremony. Afterwards, many young people in kimono can be seen going to an amusement park or somewhere to celebrate together.
  • Late January or early-mid February: 中国の新年 (Chinese New Year)
    In 横浜中華街 (Yokohama Chinatown), 中国の新年 (Chinese New Year) is celebrated with an elaborate festival including the famous Chinese dragon dance.
    Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year. But it’s always somewhere from about Jan 21 – Feb 21.

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FEBRUARY

  • Late January or early-mid February: 中国の新年 (Chinese New Year)
    In 横浜中華街 (Yokohama Chinatown), 中国の新年 (Chinese New Year) is celebrated with an elaborate festival including the famous Chinese dragon dance.
    Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year. But it’s always somewhere from about Jan 21 – Feb 21.
  • Early February: 札幌雪祭 (Sapporo Snow Festival)
    The internationally famous snow festival on Japan’s northern island with huge ice sculptures.
  • February 3: 節分 (Setsubun)
    Many temples in Japan have sumo wrestlers or other celebrities throwing soybeans at the crowd.
    (See my FAQ about it here.)

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MARCH

  • March 3: ひな祭 (Princess Festival / Doll Festival)
    Sometimes still referred to as Girls Day because this is a festival / holiday for daughters. Homes set up elaborate doll sets.
    (See my FAQ entry about it here).
  • March 18: 金竜の舞い (Golden Dragon Festival)
    A long, golden dragon is paraded elaborately through the temple grounds at 浅草寺 (Sensou-ji Temple) in 浅草 (Asakusa).

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APRIL

  • Early April: 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing)
    Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) are very important to the Japanese.
    Cherry Blossom Viewing involves setting up a picnic under the trees and enjoying the view. In Tokyo, 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing) is in early – mid April.
    (I wrote three posts about our Cherry Blossom Viewing in April 2008: here and here and here).
  • Third Saturday in April: 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery)
    This actually takes place a few times a year and in a few different locations around Tokyo…including Kamakura, Meiji Jingu, Takadanobaba, and Nikko.
    In April, it can be seen at Sumida-gawa.
    This event involves archers on horseback running full gallop down a course and shooting arrows at three targets along the course!
    (My post about it is here).

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MAY

  • Early May: 座間大凧祭 (Zama Giant Kite Festival)
    Teams fly giant 900kg kites.
  • Mid-May: 三社祭 (Sanja Festival)
    One of the biggest festivals in Tokyo.
    (I wrote a post about it…here).
  • Mid-May: 神田祭 (Kanda Festival)
    Another one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo.
    (I wrote a post about it…here).

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JUNE

  • Early June: 開港記念日 (Yokohama Port Opening Festival)
    A festival to mark the opening of Yokohama Port.
  • Mid-June: 山王祭 (Sannou Festival)
    A festival with a 神輿 (portable shrines) parade. One of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. Only occurs on even-numbered years (such as 2008, 2010, etc).
  • Mid-June: 糸満ハーレー (Okinawan Dragon Boat Race)
    An elaborate boat race in Japan’s southern island.

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JULY

    • Early July: 湘南平塚七夕祭り (Shounan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival)
      In 神奈川県 (Kanagawa Prefecture), this is one of Japan’s largest Tanabata festivals.
      (Read my FAQ about 七夕 (Tanabata / “Star Festival”) here.)
    • Early to late July: 京都祇園祭 (Kyoto Gion Festival)
      This is Kyoto’s biggest festival. It lasts all July…but the highlight is mid-July, when there’s a parade of 32 traditional floats called Yamahoko.
    • First Sunday in July: 成田祇園祭 (Narita Gion Festival)
      A similiar festival to the one in Kyoto. This one’s in Narita, Chiba (90 min north of Tokyo).
    • July 13th – 16th every year: みたま祭 (Mitama Festival)
      A big festival at 靖国神社 (Yasukuni Shrine) to remember the deceased.
      See my post about it here.
    • Second Sunday in July: 灯篭流し (Tourou-nagashi Festival)
      At the Imperial Palace (and other places around the country), illuminated paper lanterns are set afloat to guide the deceased back for the Obon holidays.

Tourou-nagashi

  • Late July: うちわ祭り (Paper Fan Festival)
    In 埼玉県 (Saitama Prefecture), a festival with a parade of floats and paper fans.
  • Last Saturday of July: 大阪天神祭 (Osaka Tenjin Festival)
    One of Japan’s three biggest festivals. At Osaka’s 天満宮 (Tenmanguu Grand Shrine) with 神輿 (Mikoshi portable shrines) and fireworks.
  • Late July to early August: 花火大会 (Fireworks shows)
    Summer fireworks shows happen all over Japan, but here’s a list of the main ones in the Tokyo area (the shows usually start around 7:00 PM and end around 8:30 PM (times vary slightly (you can ask me if you’re unsure of the time or location)).:
  • Yokohama Fireworks Show – Third Sunday of July
  • Katsushika Fireworks Show – Fourth Tuesday of July
  • Sumida-gawa Fireworks Show – Last Saturday of July
  • Teganuma Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
  • Ageo Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
  • Atsugi Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
  • Edogawa Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
  • Teganuma Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
  • Last weekend in July: フジロックフェスティバル (Fuji Rock Festival)
    A popular music festival in 新潟 (Niigata).
  • Late July: サマーソニック (Summer Sonic Music Festival)
    A popular music festival in both 東京 (Tokyo) and 大阪 (Osaka).
  • Late July to early August: 上野夏祭 (Ueno Summer Festival)
    A regular Japanese summer festival with 金魚すくい (scooping for goldfish), Japanese food booths, etc…but also has ice sculptures.

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AUGUST

  • Late July to early August: 花火大会 (Fireworks shows)
    Summer fireworks shows happen all over Japan, but here’s a list of the main ones in the Tokyo area (the shows usually start around 7:00 PM and end around 8:30 PM (times vary slightly (you can ask meif you’re unsure of the time or location)).:

    • Yokohama Fireworks Show – Third Sunday of July
    • Katsushika Fireworks Show – Fourth Tuesday of July
    • Sumida-gawa Fireworks Show – Last Saturday of July
    • Teganuma Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
    • Ageo Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
    • Atsugi Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
    • Edogawa Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
    • Teganuma Fireworks Show – First Saturday of August
  • Late July to early August: 上野夏祭 (Ueno Summer Festival)
    A regular Japanese summer festival with 金魚すくい (scooping for goldfish), Japanese food booths, etc…but also has ice sculptures.
  • The first Sunday in August EVERY FOUR YEARS (2008, 2012, 2016, etc): 脚折雨乞い行事 (Suneori-Amagoi Festival)
    In 埼玉県鶴ヶ島市 (Tsurugashima city, Saitama Prefecture), a giant dragon float is carried by 300 men through the town and into a pond. This is a centuries old local custom for this small town to bring rain for the local farmers.
  • August 6: Peace Ceremony
    At the Peace Memorial in 広島 (Hiroshima), this ceremony is to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. Thousands of paper cranes are set afloat into the river as a symbol of peace.
  • Early August: ねぶた祭 (Nebuta Festival)
    A lively festival in 青森県 (Aomori Prefecture) that has a unique dance and illuminated floats of famous Japanese folklore.
    (Every year, the Mitama Festival in Tokyo has a Nebuta Festival show with floats and dancers from Aomori. My YouTube videos of it are here and here.)
  • Third weekend in August: 深川八幡祭 (Fukagawa-hachiman Festival)
    One of the three biggest festivals in Tokyo. Includes a crowd throwing water on the people carrying the 神輿 (portable shrines).
    This festival occurs every year, but every three years is the big full version (2008, 2011 2012 (2011’s festival was postponed to 2012 due to the March 11 earthquake), 2014 2018, etc).
    (Click here to see my post about this festival.)
  • Fourth weekend in August: 麻布十番祭 (Azabu-jyuuban Festival)
    A very popular (ie: crowded) Japanese summer festival with traditional Japanese food booths and 盆踊り (Bon dancing).
    (A short walk away is Roppongi Hills 盆踊り (Bon dancing) festival, usually held on the same days).
  • Last Saturday in August: 浅草サンバカーニバル (Asakusa Samba Carnival)
    A festival of Brazil’s Samba dancers in the old, traditional town of Asakusa, Tokyo.

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SEPTEMBER

  • First weekend in September: 北沢八幡神社秋祭 (Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine Autumn Festival)
    Traditional dancing and 神輿 (portable shrines).
  • First weekend in September: 洗足池八幡宮秋祭 (Senzokuike Hachimanguu Autumn Festival)
    Traditional dancing and 神輿 (portable shrines).
  • Second weekend in September: 鶴岡八幡宮祭 (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Festival)
    流鏑馬 (Horseback archery) show in 神奈川県鎌倉市 (Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture).
  • Late September: ふくろ祭 (Fukuro Festival)
    A festival to promote tourism to Japan in 池袋 (Ikebukuro, Tokyo). Includes portable shrines, Taiko drumming, and a Karate demonstration.
  • Late September: 国慶節 (Chinese National Foundation Day)
    In 横浜中華街 (Yokohama Chinatown), a festival with a Lion Dance and firecrackers to celebrate China’s founding.

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OCTOBER

  • Early October: 佐原祭 (Sawara Festival)
    Includes a parade of giant figures from Japan’s history.
  • Mid-October: 木場の角乗り (Kiba Log-rolling show)
    Lumberjacks in the town of 木場 (Kiba, Tokyo) put on a log-rolling show.
  • Mid-October: ラウドパーク (Loudpark Heavy Metal Music Festival)
    A two-day music festival featuring some of the biggest names in heavy metal, such as Megadeth, Dio, Slayer, Motley Crue, Slipknot, etc.
    Click here for the “Loudpark ’09” website (in Japanese).

    Loudpark ’06

    Loudpark ’07

    Loudpark ’08

    "Loudpark 2009" flyer

    Loudpark 2009

    Loudpark 2010

    Loudpark 2011

  • Third weekend in October: 川越祭 (Kawagoe Festival)
    A unique 神輿 (Portable shrine) carrying festival. Unique in that the shrines are crashed into one another.
  • Last weekend in October: 川崎ハロウィン (Kawasaki Halloween)
    This event has a Halloween costume parade (not free), a costume contest, and children can “Trick ‘R Treat” at participating stores to get candy.

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NOVEMBER

  • November 3: 東京時代祭 (Tokyo Era Festival)
    In 浅草 (Asakusa), there’s an long elaborate parade with people dressed in costumes representing various parts of Tokyo’s history. (To see my blog post about it: click here.)
  • Early – mid November: 七五三 (7-5-3 Festival)
    A holiday for girls aged three and seven and boys aged five years old.
    Children of these ages are taken to shrines to be blessed for a long, healthy life by their parents and grandparents. The girls wear a fancy 着物 (kimono) and the boys wear either a 着物 (kimono) or a suit.
    They are given special candy and usually taken to a photo studio afterwards to have their portraits taken.

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DECEMBER

  • December 31: なまはげ (Namahage)
    In 秋田県 (Akita Prefecture), villagers dressed as boogeymen visit homes that have children and ask if there are any misbehaving children in the home, and they warn the children not to be bad.
    Almost always results in the children crying, until their parents assure the boogeyman that the children don’t misbehave.
  • December 31: New Years
    At midnight on New Years Eve, many Japanese go to a temple for the ceremony in which the temple priest rings the temple bell 108 times to signify the 108 sins of man in Buddhist teachings.
    Also, on New Years Day, the first meal that Japanese people eat is supposed to be noodles. And then many Japanese visit a temple or shrine within the first week of the New Year for the numerous New Years traditions that Japanese have.

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49 Responses to “Festivals In Tokyo”

  1. tokyo5 July 23, 2008 at 10:54 am #

    I’m still working on this page.

    I just finished it.

  2. rzapanta July 27, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    This is an excellent list – love the color coding! This list certainly makes it very clear that July and August is festival season in Japan.

  3. tokyo5 July 27, 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    >This is an excellent list

    Thanks. But it’s not done yet.

    >This list certainly makes it very clear that July and August is festival season in Japan.

    There are plenty of festivals in the other months…and more in the summer. As you’ll see when I get the page done!

    I just added a bit more to the JULY section..(click here to see).

  4. Mom July 29, 2008 at 4:04 am #

    Wow! There are so many festivals during the summer in Japan! The Japanese must love to celebrate whenever and whatever they can. It sounds like it is fun, esp. for the children. Where are the fireworks displayed? All around in different spots in the city or in one central location? I don’t think I would want to be around for the one when the crowd throws water on those carrying the shrines! do you know why or how did that get started? the Ueno festival with the ice scuptures and goldfish is one I’d like to visit. Are the gold fish, Koi? they are beautiful. there is a dentist here in Raleigh who has a small pond full of Koi (hope I am spelling that right) in front of his office. at least, he did at one time but then I heard that someone stole some of the fish out of his pond! he was very upset. Some people will steal anything. Those fish probably won’t survive unless they are kept in the right conditions w/ the proper food.
    I am glad to hear that no one was hurt by the recent earthquakes. the weather here in our area has been hot but this summer we are getting more rain than last year. other parts of the country have had extreme conditions, like the fires in the west and lots of flooding along the mid-states along the Mississippi. have you heard about any of that?
    well, I can hardly keep up with your blog now. you have so much to read about and I love it. give my love to your family. Mom

  5. tokyo5 July 29, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    Mom…

    >There are so many festivals during the summer in Japan!

    I’m not done with the list. There are many more festivals in the summer…and all year.
    It’s taking (It took) me awhile to finish the list…and there’s no way that I could add ALL of Japan’s (or even Tokyo’s) festivals. I’m just writing the festivals that I personally like best.

    >The Japanese must love to celebrate whenever and whatever they can.

    Yes, 祭 (festivals) are an important part of Japanese culture.

    >Where are the fireworks displayed?

    All over the country. The ones I wrote are the major ones in the Tokyo area.

    >I don’t think I would want to be around for the one when the crowd throws water on those carrying the shrines!

    It’s a fun festival! Those 神輿 (portable shrines) are heavy! The water helps cool off the people carrying them.

    >do you know why or how did that get started?

    As I said, it’s to cool the shrine carriers off. And many 神輿祭 (festivals with portable shrines) do it…but usually not a much as this particular festival. There are festivals in Japan that people carry the shrines into the ocean!

    >Are the gold fish, Koi?

    No, 鯉 (koi) are “carp”. These are 金魚 (kingyo)…which are “goldfish”. They look similiar…but goldfish are much smaller.

    >there is a dentist here in Raleigh who has a small pond full of Koi

    Did he have a Japanese garden?

    >someone stole some of the fish

    Maybe because they’re expensive. It’s too bad.

    >I am glad to hear that no one was hurt by the recent earthquakes.

    Noone here was. Up north, at the epicenter, some people were hurt.

    >the weather here in our area has been hot

    It’s very hot here too.

    >I can hardly keep up with your blog now.

    I hope you’ll add more comments!

  6. tokyo5 August 1, 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    I’ve added alot more festivals to this list today.
    January – August is about done.

    I’ll finish September – December ASAP.

    I finally finished it. Any questions / comments about it?

  7. tokyo5 August 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    I just added a few more festivals to this list.

  8. desi January 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    wow! there are so many festivals ! i hope i will enjoy one of them :)

  9. tokyo5 January 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    desi…

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    >there are so many festivals !

    This isn’t even close to every festival in Tokyo…just the ones I recommend the most.
    There are alot more festivals in Japan.

    >i hope i will enjoy one of them

    Are you gonna visit Tokyo?

  10. desi February 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    >Are you gonna visit Tokyo?

    no, i’m not.
    but, maybe someday i will visit tokyo and enjoy the festivals. :)

    • tokyo5 February 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

      Yeah, you should visit Tokyo, if you get a chance.

      Which country do you live?

  11. Dea February 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    there sure lots of festivals in Japan! My country, Indonesia, doesn’t have any great festvials… the one I know is the festival of Jakarta’s anniversary, that’s all.

    I want to join one of Japan’s festivals!

    By the way, I’m in the same country as Desi. we’re friends. :-)

    • tokyo5 February 22, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

      Dea…

      Your two comments were the almost the same…so I put them together into one comment.
      Hope you don’t mind.

      >there sure lots of festivals in Japan!

      Yes, Japan has alot of festivals. I didn’t even list them all on this page…they’re too many—I just listed my favorites.

      > My country, Indonesia, doesn’t have any great festvials

      Really? Japanese people love festivals!

      >I want to join one of Japan’s festivals!

      You should come to Japan and see the excellent festivals!

      >I’m in the same country as Desi. we’re friends

      Well, thanks for visiting my site! Comment anytime.

      • Novroz November 1, 2011 at 12:29 am #

        Dea is not correct! Indonesia has festivals too…but if she is living in Jakarta (just like me) there is almost no festival. most Indonesian festivals take place in other provinces.

        Did you know that Jakarta has Jak-Japan Matsuri?

        http://bokunosekai.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/jak-japan-matsuri-2011/2/

      • tokyo5 November 2, 2011 at 12:02 am #

        >Did you know that Jakarta has Jak-Japan Matsuri?

        No, I didn’t know that. I don’t know much about Indonesia, at all.
        That festival looks fun.
        Why does your country have a “Japan festival”, though?

      • Novroz November 2, 2011 at 12:27 am #

        Japan, tho used to attack us, has become our country’s friend after the war. Jak-japan matsuri is a way to celebrate our friendship….plus a lot people in Jakarta like things Japanese, thanks to anime and manga.

      • tokyo5 November 2, 2011 at 12:51 am #

        >Japan…has become our country’s friend after the war…plus a lot people in Jakarta like things Japanese, thanks to anime and manga.

        I see. Is Japanese food popular there too?

    • Novroz November 6, 2011 at 1:24 am #

      Yes…Japanese food is quite popular in Jakarta :)

      • tokyo5 November 6, 2011 at 1:33 am #

        Really? Are any particular Japanese dishes popular? Do you have a favorite?

      • Novroz November 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

        The most popular ones are of course ramen and Sushi. Those are also my favorite dishes.

      • tokyo5 November 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

        What type of Ramen do you like best?

        I like 「坦々麺」 (“Tan-tan-men“) a lot. It’s very spicy.

  12. Lisa April 6, 2009 at 4:27 am #

    Loud Park seems to be an awesome festival! Any idea why there is no info about 2009? Hope it’s not over…
    Anyway thanks for the list, very useful!

    • tokyo5 April 6, 2009 at 11:26 am #

      I guess the 2009 Loudpark website isn’t online yet because the lineup isn’t confirmed yet.
      It’s only April now…that festival occurs every October.

      I’m sure there will be a Loudpark ’09…the 2006-2008 shows were very successful.

      Are you in Japan now? Will you be in the Tokyo-area in October?
      (Are you a “metal fan”?)

      • Lisa April 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

        Thank you for your answer! I will be in Tokyo for 1 month in late september- late october. At the moment, the only thing I am hoping is that the festival will take place while I’m there and not the week-end I leave ;-)

        I am a huuuuuge metal fan and living a Japanese metal festival is like my ultimate metalhead dream come true!!!

        Did you go to the previous editions? Are you a Kiss fan AND a metal fan as well?

        It is only april indeed, I actually love the waiting ^_^

        A lot of thanks from Paris!

      • tokyo5 April 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

        If you a in Japan from late-Sept until late-Oct, I think you’ll be here when the Loudpark festival happens.

        Yes, I’m a heavy metal fan.
        Some of my favorites bands are:
        KISS, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Metallica (the early albums), Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, etc

        Which bands are your favorites?

  13. Lisa April 15, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    Awesome! I recently saw Judas Priest + Megadeth together (along with Testament) and it kicked ass :-)

    I am a huge Slayer and thrash metal fan (Megadeth, Anthrax, Sepultura, Metallica, Kreator…), and I love all the glam-rock 80s (Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Extreme…), everything rock’n roll (AC/DC, Motorhead, Airbourne, The Darkness, Danko Jones…), and many many many things, I spend my life listening to music ;-)

    I should answer your top 20 albums, but it is a very hard job!

  14. Lisa June 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    First bands announced for Loud Park 2009… I can’t concentrate anymore, I can’t wait!!!

    http://www.loudpark.com/09/

    • tokyo5 June 5, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

      Judas Priest, Slayer, Rob Zombie, et al…

      It’ll be a great show.

      Are you definitely gonna come to Japan and attend this concert?

  15. Lisa June 6, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    The flight + house are already booked and pre-paid for Setp 22 – Oct 20, so I do believe I am going, but we are still waiting for my friend’s boss final approval.
    It should be okay as we have been preparing this trip for years now, but you never know… So I am cautious and I wait for the proper written thing before rushing to buy my loud park ticket ^_^

    Maximum date for the approval : beginning of August, fingers crossed!

    • tokyo5 June 7, 2009 at 12:01 am #

      About a whole month in Japan! Great!
      Will your whole visit be in Tokyo?
      For what reason are you coming to Japan? Only sightseeing?
      What part of Tokyo is your hotel in?
      Where will you buy Loudpark tickets from?

  16. Lisa July 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    We are going to Japan!! The bosses said ‘yes’, the trip is paid… I still can’t believe it!
    We will stay in Tokyo all the time. At first we wanted to travel around a bit, but I guess there will be so many things to do…

    We come to celebrate our 10th year anniversary. When we were talking about it, we thought about going to the craziest place in the world, and so Tokyo it was!

    I think the hotel is in Shibuya, but I’m not sure yet. We want to discover all aspects of Tokyo and its everyday life, and not only tourist sightseeing places, that’s why I love your blog so much!

    For Loud Park, apparently (from an American website) tickets will be on sale on August 2nd at 10 a.m. As I do not understand ANYTHING on the website, I have asked a French-Japanese association to help me buy them! I have to get back to them when it is on sale.

    So happy :-)

    • tokyo5 July 24, 2009 at 2:10 am #

      >We are going to Japan!!

      OK. Great!
      What dates?

      >We will stay in Tokyo all the time.

      There is plenty to see and do in Tokyo. Even on one vacation you won’t be able to see all of Tokyo!

      >We come to celebrate our 10th year anniversary.

      You and your husband will celebrate your tenth wedding anniversary in Tokyo?
      It’s a nice anniversary present!

      >the craziest place in the world

      Is Tokyo the craziest place? After all these years, it just seems normal to me now.

      >I think the hotel is in Shibuya

      A very busy area!

      >why I love your blog so much!

      Thank you.
      Please continue to visit and comment even after your Japan trip!

      >Loud Park…tickets will be on sale on August 2nd

      How much will they cost? I wonder if they’re cheaper here in Japan.

  17. Lisa July 24, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    We will be in Tokyo from Sept 22nd until Oct. 20th. I think it is the best way to celebrate an anniversary: travelling in a very different place and going to a Slayer concert!

    Oh, and we have tickets for the Tokyo Game Show too! How awesome is that!

    For Loud Park, the tickets are cheaper in Japan, we pay a 15% commission. But I guess it is safer, as there is a huuuge language barrier, and the event is of the most important!

    Sure I’ll keep reading your blog, and when I’ll be back I’ll be able to talk more about everything, as I will haved tried / seen / experienced so many new things!!!

    • tokyo5 July 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

      >We will be in Tokyo from Sept 22nd until Oct. 20th.

      It’s a long holiday! Great!

      >we have tickets for the Tokyo Game Show too! How awesome is that!

      You’re gonna see two big events in Tokyo! It’s an excellent experience.

      >For Loud Park, the tickets are cheaper in Japan

      I think they can be bought even cheaper than face price in Japan…at a discount ticket shop!

      >Sure I’ll keep reading your blog

      Thank you. I enjoy your comments.

      >and when I’ll be back I’ll be able to talk more about everything

      Yes. I look forward to hearing about your impression of Tokyo.

  18. Lisa September 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    Loud Park is sold out! I can’t believe I have just arrived, I don’t have any tickets (as planed) and it is solod out. Do you know, by any chance, any alternatives? Thanks in advance!

    • tokyo5 September 23, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

      The two-day tickets are sold-out.
      But I believe there are still one-day tickets (mostly “standing only” though).

      I thought you already bought your tickets in France.

      If you’re buying the tickets here in Japan, you should buy them at a “discount shop”.
      Cheaper.

  19. Lisa September 25, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    I was indeed expecting tickets, as I expected a nice comfy hotel and an airport transfer. I got none of that… But nevermind, I just love being in Tokyo, I’m having the time of my life!

    Besides, I bought Loud Park tickets this morning in Shinjuku, for separate days like you say, so everything’s alright. The waiter @ Godz metal bar indicated me where to buy them. Such a relief!

    • tokyo5 September 25, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

      >I was indeed expecting tickets, as I expected a nice comfy hotel and an airport transfer.

      Did someone promise those?
      Because you’re staying at a hostel I believe. I would’ve told you, but I thought you knew, that it won’t be “five star” accommodation and no escort to or from the airport (Tokyo does have luxury hotels with such services though).

      If you needed help from the airport, you should’ve asked me. Maybe I would’ve been able to help.

      Anyways, glad you got your tickets. Did you buy them at a discount shop?

  20. phoenolf August 5, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    WOAH!!!! a lot of festivals happen all year round (yay there are festivals in january, the month I was born in -w-)

    • tokyo5 August 6, 2013 at 12:17 am #

      Yeah, Japan has many festivals.
      This isn’t a comprehensive list of every one of them either … just the ones I thought of.

      • phoenolf August 6, 2013 at 5:07 am #

        just the ones you thought of O_o”’

      • tokyo5 August 6, 2013 at 6:23 am #

        Yes, but not all at once.
        I took my time with that page.

      • phoenolf August 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

        how long did it take you to write all those festivals? (I am guessing a very long time)

      • tokyo5 August 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

        Oh, not that long.
        It took a couple weeks on and off … I added to it as I would remember another festival.

      • phoenolf August 7, 2013 at 2:36 am #

        oh…ok then -w-

      • tokyo5 August 7, 2013 at 7:21 am #

        :)

  21. Etui Trove June 11, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    An excellent compilation of Tokyo festivals! You’re the man! ^D ^

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