Cultural in Tokyo


Cherry-blossom-viewing obsession takes over as locals flock to the city's parks and cemeteries from late March to mid-April for parties under the trees.
Parade in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sanja Matsuri

Arguably the grandest Tokyo matsuri (festival) of all, this three-day festival, held over the third weekend of May, attracts around 1.5 million spectators to Asakusa-jinja. The highlight is the rowdy parade of mikos…
Cultural in Tokyo

Kōenji Awa Odori

The most famous of Tokyo's awa odori (dance festivals for O-Bon) sees 10,000 participants in traditional costumes dancing their way through the streets of Kōenji over the last weekend of August.
Art in Tokyo

Tokyo Designers Week

In late October, the international design world convenes for a week of exhibitions at Meiji-jingū Gyoen, with satellite shows at shops and galleries.
Art in Tokyo

Design Festa

In mid-May a wide showcase of work from budding designers and artists is displayed at Tokyo Big Sight. A second showing takes place in November.
Fair in Tokyo

Tokyo Game Show

Get your geek on when the Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association hosts Tokyo Game Show, a massive expo at Makuhari Messe in late September.
Cultural in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Mitama Matsuri

Yasukuni-jinja celebrates the summer festival of the dead with 30,000 paper lanterns in mid-July.
Fair in Tokyo

Anime Japan

Events and exhibitions for industry insiders and fans alike in late March at Tokyo Big Sight.
Fireworks in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sumida-gawa Fireworks

Held the last Saturday of July, the largest of the summer fireworks shows sees 20,000 pyrotechnic wonders explode over Asakusa.
Film in Tokyo

Tokyo Filmex

This film festival in late November focuses on emerging directors in Asia and screens many films with English subtitles.