Events in & around Tokyo during Golden Week and May 2018

Looking for things to do this Golden Week & in the month of May? Here is a list of events happening in and around Tokyo. Due to the length of the list this month, instead of individual descriptions of each event, I’ve included a website link, when available.

Best places to view Koi-no-bori (colorful Children’s Day carp streamers) in central Tokyo:

Tokyo Tower, Roppongi: Until May 6, 333 koi-no-bori fly below the tower to signify its height. From 17:00-23:00 they will be lit by 10 different LED searchlights.

Tokyo Sky Tree, Sumida Ward: Until May 6, 1000 koi-no-bori on display.

Midtown Hinokicho Park, Roppongi: 4/20-5/6 80 koi-no-bori designed by famous artists will be flying form 11:00-21:00. 5/3-6 kids can crawl through a giant koi-no-bori from 11:00-17:00. 5/4-5. Design your own koinobori 11:00-17:00.

National Art Center, Roppongi: 4/11-5/28 Koi-no-bori Now! – 300 koi-no-bori designed and exhibited by famous textile designer. Free.

Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri

3/24-5/27 Flower Festival, Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo. 9:30-18:00.

4/20-5/6 Bunkyo Tsutsuji (Azelea) Matsuri, Nezu Shrine, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.

4/14-5/27 Fuji Shibazakura Festival, Fuji Motosuko Resort, Kawaguchi Town, Yamanashi Prefecture.

4/16-5/6 Fuji (Wisteria) Matsuri, Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Koto Ward, Tokyo. Lit up at night.

4/20-5/27 Midtown Open the Park, Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo. Free yoga classes, massive koinobori, a ‘street museum’ and more.

4/25-5/8 Hokkaido Fair, Odakyu Department Store 11th Floor, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. 80 stalls, 10:00-20:00. *many of the most popular food items sell out by noon.

4/26-5/6 (excluding 5/1), Ramen Girls Festival, Shiki-no-mori Park, Nakano Ward, Tokyo. 11:00-21:00 (4/30 & 5/6 until 19:00). Men are also welcome.

4/27-5/6 Niku Fes, Symbol Promenade Park, Odaiba, Koto Ward, Tokyo. A festival celebrating the eating of meat. 10:00-21:00.肉フェスTOKYO2018

4/27-5/6 Yokohama Fruhlings Fest (German Festival), Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. 11:00-21:30.

4/28-29 Koenji Bikkuri Daidogei (Street Performance Festival) in & around the Za-Koenji Public Theater, Koenji, Suginami Ward.

4/28-5/6 Tokyo Rainbow Week, Yoyogi Park and other venues. Pride Parade on 5/6.

4/28-5/6 African American Caribbean Grand Prix Beauty Contest & Food Festa, Kabukicho Cine City Plaza, Shinjuku Ward.

4/28-5/5 Odaiba Hawaii Festival, Venus Fort & MegaWeb, Odaiba, Koto Ward.

4/29-5/3 Meiji Jingu Haru-no-Taisai (Spring Festival), Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

4/29-5/5 Oyoge Koi-no-bori Sagamihara (giant carp streamer festival), Sagami River, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

4/29-5/5 Kasama Pottery Festival, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

4/28-5/6 Mashiko Pottery Festival, Mashiko Town, Tochigi Prefecture.

4/30-5/6 Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival), Okunitama Shrine, Fuchu, Tokyo. Komakurabe (a traditional ceremony on horseback from 6pm on 5/3, and parades with mikoshi on 5/4 & 5/5.

5/2-6 Haisai Festa (Okinawa Festival), La Cittadella, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

5/2 – 5/5 Teppozu Inari Jinja Reitaisai (Annual Festival), Teppozu Inari Shrine, Chuo Ward, Tokyo.

5/3-4 Cambodia Festival, Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Shibuya Ward. 10:00-19:00.

5/3 The Yokohama Parade, Yamashita Park – Bashamichi…, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Marching bands and dance teams, possibly a costume parade too? If heavy rain, will be held on 5/4.

5/3 Odawara Hojo Godai Matsuri (Feudal Lord Procession), Odawara Castle, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

5/3 & 5/5 Otako-age Matsuri (Giant Kite Flying Festival), Edogawa River, Kasukabe City, Saitama.

5/3-5 Doki Doki Flea Market, Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. 10:00-17:00, 800 yen.

5/3-5 Heiwajima Kotto Matsuri (Antique Fair), Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Heiwajima, Ota Ward, Tokyo.

5/4-5 Zama-no-otako Matsuri (Giant Kite Flying Festival), Sagami River, Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, 10:00-16:00.

5/4-5 Sagami-no-otako Matsuri (Giant Kite Flying Festival), Shindo Sports Hiroba, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

5/4-8 Special Opening of Shotoen Garden, Ikegami Honmonji, Ota Ward, Tokyo. 10:00-15:00 (last entry at 14:30). *Free guided tours on 5/5-6.

5/5 Takara-no-mai (‘treasure’ dance), Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo.

5/5-6 Kohgen – an event that consists of many workshops related to Japanese culture and religion. Sat 5/5 at Shogakuji Temple, Nakameguro. Sun 5/6 at three temples: Meguro Ryusenji (Fudoson), Gohyaku Rakan, & Banryuji.

5/11-17 Kanda Matsuri (one of Tokyo’s 3 grandest festivals), Kanda Myojin Shrine, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

5/12-13 Cinco de Mayo Festival, Symbol Promenade Park – Yume-no-Hiroba, Odaiba, Koto Ward. 10:00-21:00.

5/14-5/28 Sumo Tournament, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Sumida Ward, Tokyo.

5/17-18 Nikko Grand Spring Festival, Toshogu Shrine, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture.

5/18-21 Sanja Matsuri (one of Tokyo’s 3 grandest festivals), Asakusa Shrine, Taito Ward, Tokyo.

5/19-20 Chiba Sake Fair (tasting & sales), Matsudo Tourist Information Center, Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture. 11:00-18:00.

5/26-27 Yushima Tenjin Sai (Annual Festival), Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.

5/26-28 Hanazono Jinja Reitaisai, (Annual Festival), Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.

5/26-6/24 Suigo Itako Ayame-en (Iris Festival), Itako City, Ibaraki Prefecture. 

Kameido Fuji Matsuri

One thought on “Events in & around Tokyo during Golden Week and May 2018

  1. Note: Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin are finished. Koi-no-bori at the Sky Tree are minimal, but are nice at Midtown. I enjoyed the free exhibition at the National Art Center – take some time and relax in the beanbags! (If you have an interest in textiles, all of the koi-no-bori here are made of cloths from around the world & Japan).


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