August 2019 Events in and around Tokyoy

Even though it is scorching hot, be sure to get out and enjoy some of the fantastic events taking place this month in. Here is a list of festivals being held in and around Tokyo. Many focus on spectacular fireworks and/or traditional dancing. Check the list occasionally. As I come across other events that I think are worth sharing, I’ll add them.

7/13-8/12 Ueno Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival), beside Shinobazu Pond, Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo. Various entertainment and Kotto Ichi (daily antique fair from 10:00-21:00). Nearest Station: Ueno

7/28-8/4 Hono Asagao-ten (Morning Glory Fair), Yasukuni Shrine, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Daily 6:00-11:00am. Flowers bloom early. Nearest Station: Kudanshita then walk 5 minutes.

7/31-8/3 Tsukiji Honganji Noryo Bon Odori Taikai (traditional dance festival at Tsukiji Honganji Temple), Chuo Ward, Tokyo. 8/1-2 from 19:00 – 21:00. 8/3 from 18:00 – 20:30. Nearest Station: Tsukiji Station.

8/1-5 Fuji Five Lakes Summer Festival, Yamanashi Prefecture

8/1: 20:00-21:00 Fireworks over Lake Yamanakako (14,000)

8/2: 19:30-20:00 Fireworks over Lake Saiko (700)

8/3: 20:00-20:45 Fireworks over Lake Motosuko (1,000)

8/4: 20:00-20:15 Fireworks over Lake Kawaguchiko (1,000)

8/4: 20:00-20:30 Fireworks over Lake Shojiko (300)

8/5: 19:45-21:00 Fireworks over Lake Kawaguchiko (9,000)

Access: (1) Highway Bus (for Fuji five lakes area) from Shinjuku Sta. Bus Terminal (South Exit). (2) Fuji-Kyuko Line to Fujisan-eki Sta. or Kawaguchiko Sta., and then take bus.

8/1-4 Fussa Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival), Fussa City, about a 90-min. train ride from Tokyo Station. Daily from 13:00 – 21:00. Various decorations of colored paper streamers and strips along the shopping streets delight the eyes of visitors. Festival is packed with events, including a ‘Princess Orihime contest’, yurukyara appearances, parades and plenty of tasty food sold at the around 100 stalls set up around the station. Access: The JR Ome Line to Fussa Station.

8/3 Edogawa Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display) over the Edogawa River, Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm (14,000 fireworks). Nearest Stations: Shinozaki, and then walk 15 min. (2) Koiwa Station, then walk 25 min.

8/3-4. Mito Komon Matsuri, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Festival in commemoration of the famous feudal lord in Edo period “Mito Mitsukuni” (1628-1701). “Komon” is his nickname. Various events are scheduled along National Road No.50 during the festival period. The highlight of this festival this year is Mito Komon Chochin Gyoretsu (lantern parade). Access: JR Joban Line to Mito Station (North Exit).

8/4-5 Mitama Matsuri, Soul Festival of Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Ota Ward, Tokyo. Features Bon Odori (folk dancing) in the precincts, from 7 pm to 9 pm on both days. On 8/4, the Bon Odori will parade from Honmonji-dori shopping street to the temple’s main gate (from 6:00pm). Access (1) The Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Nishi-Magome Station, and then walk 10 min. (2) The Tokyu Ikegami Line to Ikegami Station, and then walk 10 min.

8/5-7 Setomono-Ichi (Ceramic Fair), Ningyocho-dori, Chuo Ward, Tokyo. 10:00 – 20:00. Nearest Stations: Ningyocho or Suitengu-mae.

8/10 Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Display), Jingu Kyujo Baseball Stadium, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm (10,000 fireworks), which is preceded by music concerts. (1) at Jingu Kyujo Baseball Stadium, (2) at Chichibunomiya Rugby & Football Ground, (3) at Jingu Nanshiki Kyujo Baseball Park, etc. Tickets required. Nearest Stations: Kokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinanomachi, Sendagaya, or Gaien-mae.

8/10 Asakusa Toro Nagashi, Sumida Park, Asakusa. Lanterns are set sail on the river from 6:45pm – 8:00pm. If you’d like to participate, lanterns on sale from 2pm. Nearest Station: Asakusa.

8/11-15 Fukagawa Hachimangu Matsuri, Annual Festival of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, Koto Ward, Tokyo. This festival is one of the Tokyo’s Three Greatest Summer Festivals and called Mizukake Matsuri , literally meaning a festival in which local people scatter water drops over Mikoshi (portable shrines) carriers. Various events are scheduled in the precincts during the festival period. Nearest Station: Monzen-Nakacho.

8/17-18 Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-odori, near Shimokitazawa Station, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. Dancing that originated in Tokushima, Shikoku. From 6:30-8:30pm. Nearest Station: Shimokitazawa.

8/17-24 Kiyose Sunflower Festival, Ishii Farm, Kiyose City, Tokyo. 100,000 blooming flowers, sales of fresh produce,… 9am-4pm. Access: by car.

8/23-25 Asagao-ten (Morning Glory Fair), Hibiya Park, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. 8:00-11:30. Nearest stations: Hibiya Station or Yurakucho Station, and then walk 8 minutes.

8/24-25 Kameido Tenjin Taisai, Grand Summer Festival of Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Koto Ward, Tokyo. 8/24 from 9:00-16:00 festival music. 8/25 Shinto dance with music. The festival’s main event: 8/25 from 19:00, 1,000 Kentomyo on display (lit lanterns). *This event will be much smaller in scale than in some years. Access: Kameido Station, and then walk 15 min.

8/24-25 Azabu Juban Noryo Festival, along the shotengai, Azabu Juban, Minato Ward, Tokyo. 3pm-9pm. Closest station: Azabu Juban.

8/24-25 Koenji Awa-Odori, near Koenji Station, Tokyo. Dance originating in Tokushima, Shikoku. 10,000 dancers, from 5pm to 8pm. Nearest Station: Koenji.

8/24-25 Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi 2019, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. A big folk dancing event similar to that of Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku. About 100 teams from all over Japan participate. The event is held on Harajuku-Omotesando Street, at Meiji-Jingu Shrine, in Yoyogi Koen, and on Keyaki Namiki-dori in front of NHK, from 10 am to around 8:00 pm on the 24th and from 10 am to around 5:30 pm on the 25th, regardless of the weather conditions. Nearest Stations: Harajuku, Meijijingu-mae, or Omotesando.

8/31 Asakusa Samba Carnival, Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo. 16 teams, in samba attire, parade along Kaminarimon-dori and Umamichi-dori streets near Sensoji Temple, from 1 pm to 6 pm. Nearest Station: Asakusa.

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