It's finally spring! In Tokyo, there are a variety of events being held that let you experience a broad variety of Japan's traditions, culture, and history.
Hakuro no Mai (Heron Dance)
Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa started "Hakuro no Mai" to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tokyo, which was renamed from Edo to Tokyo on November 1968. Based on the old records left in the temple, this is an event where people dance while wearing heron-like costumes. This beautiful and elegant sight is worth catching. This event will be heldin mid-April 2017.
Yabusame, Asakusa Horseback Archery
Yabusame is a Japanese form of horseback archery, nowadays performed by skilled archers wearing the clothes of ancient warriors. The sight of them trying to hit the target while controlling the sprinting horse is quite compelling. During the 18th century, this event was annually held on New Year's Day, but the date has since been changed while the event continues to be the same. This event will be held on April 15, 2017 (Saturday).
Narita Taiko Drum Festival
Around 1,500 performers from all over the country gather to celebrate Japan's leading Japanese taiko drum festival. Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple and its approach become the stage for this event, and you surely won't regret your visit as you listen to the sound of the gallant drums. "Sen-nen Yoru Butai" is also popular in the event. This musical performance, featuring a bonfire that lights up the dark night, fills the air with a mysterious atmosphere. It will be held on April 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2017.
Bunkyo Azalea Festival
Nezu Shrine, which has more than 300 years of history, is a popular site for its azaleas. You'll feel as if you're in another world with about 100 species and 3,000 shrubs in full bloom. The flower festival will be held from April 8, 2016 (Saturday) to May 5, 2016 (Friday).
Kameidoten Shrine Fuji (Wisteria) Festival
Wisteria flowers start to bloom from late April. Japanese people are fascinated by these violet flowers which seem to overflow when blooming. The wisteria has also been a very prominent theme in Ukiyoe (Japanese style of art). The contrast of colors is very striking since the the Wisteria flowers are reflected on the water of the pond below it. We also recommend the illuminations at night. The Kameidoten Shrine Fuji (Wisteria) Festival will be held from late April to early May 2017.
Annual Spring Festival
The annual spring festival is one of the most important among the festivals being held at Yasukuni Shrine. Various ceremonies take place during the three-day festival, dipping the shrine in a very unique and exciting atmosphere. Dance, music and flower exhibits also take place within the grounds which are a form of offering to the gods. The Annual Spring Festival takes place annually from April 21 to 23.
Buddha's Birthday Festival
This is an event which celebrates the birth of Buddha. Based on the legend that it rained nectar ("Kanro no Ame”) when Buddha was born, tea is poured on Buddha's statue. Other than that, food stalls from nearby restaurants and the Tsukiji Market are set up on the grounds, attracting large crowd of people. This will be celebrated during early April.
The Nihonbashi Spring Festival
Nihonbashi was built at the same time as the opening of the Edo district in 1604. This beautiful bridge has also been designated as one of Japan's important cultural properties. Aiming to preserve the development of the area as well as the bridge, this festival gathers stalls of old shops, as well as those selling popular local products. Nihonbashi will be closed to traffic on that day, making it possible to get a unique impression of Nihonbashi back in the 17th century.
Nihonbashi Hashizume Square 日本橋橋詰広場
- Address 1 Chome-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0022, Japan
Earth Day Tokyo 2017
With 175 countries and around 500 million people participating, international Earth Day is the biggest festival of this planet. Earth Day Tokyo features exhibits and promotions from organizations which work for helping humans and nature live in harmony, as well as protecting the global environment, society and peace. Experience unique shops and booths while discovering new perspectives on the planet and its precious environment. Earth Day Tokyo will be held for two days from April 22 (Saturday) to 23 (Sunday), 2016.
This is the biggest outdoor event in Japan. It is hard to believe that an outdoor festival of this size a metropolis Tokyo, where you can experience campsites and booths surrounded by nature. It will be held from April 8 (Saturday) to 9 (Sunday), 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.