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Festivals around Tokyo
(June 2006)




Tourist Information Center, Japan National Tourist Organization

Compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Bldg., 2-10-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006) Call (03) 3201-3331 for all your Japan tourist information needs (open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day).

Festivals around other areas of Kanto l Iris Gardens in Tokyo


Annual Festival of Shinagawa Shrine
June 2 to June 4
  A parade of mikoshi (portable shrine) will be held from 5 p.m. on June 3 and from 8 a.m. on June 4. Traditional performances in dedication to the shrine will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 3rd. Satokagura (Shinto music and dance) will be performed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a parade of mikoshi owned by the shrine will be held from 2:15 p.m. on June 4.
Access: 1-min. walk from North Exit, Shin-Bamba Station, Keihin Kyuko Line.

Annual Festival of Shirahige Shrine
June 3 to June 4
  A parade of mikoshi (portable shrine) will be held on June 4. Open-air stalls will be set up on both days.
Access: 8 to 10-min. walk from Higashi-Mukojima Station, Tobu Isezaki Line originating from Asakusa.

Annual Festival of Suga Shrine
June 3 to June 4
  Mikoshi (portable shrines) will start from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 4. Various performances such as Okagura (Shinto music and dancing) will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. within the shrine precincts. Open-air stalls are set up from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both days. The parade will be held, rain or shine.
Access: (1) 10-min. walk from Yotsuya-Sanchome Station, Subway Marunouchi Line.
(2) 10-min. walk from Shinanomachi Station, JR Sobu Line.


Tsukiji-jishi Festival
June 9 to June 11
  Summer festival held at Namiyoke-Inari Shrine, Chuo-ku. Highlights include mejishi, a big imaginary lion head weighing about a ton carried by some 3,000 people, which will start from the Namiyoke-Inari Shrine at 9 a.m. and return to the shrine at 3:50 p.m. on the June 11.
Access: (1) 3 to 4-min. walk from Tsukiji-shijo Station, Subway Toei Oedo Line.
(2) 4-min. walk from Tsukiji Station, Subway Hibiya Line.


Sanno Matsuri Festival of Hie Shrine
June 9 to June 16
  Sanno Matsuri Festival of Hie Shrine, Chiyoda-ku. Events scheduled ; tea ceremony from 11 a.m. during June 11 to June 16, Chigo-Gyoretsu (procession of the children in fancy attire) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on July 11, Satokagura (local festival music) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 11, Kagura-Ohayashi (ancient dance and music) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 14 and 15.
Access: (1) Tameike-Sanno Station, Subway Ginza or Namboku lines.
(2) Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, Subway Ginza or Marunouchi lines.
(3) Kokkai-Gijidomae Station, Subway Chiyoda or Marunouchi lines.


Annual Festival of Torigoe Shrine
June 10 to June 11
  Annual Festival of Torigoe Shrine, Taito-ku. About 300 open-air stalls will be seen during the festival. (portable shrines) carried by local people, gathers to the shrine on the evening of June 10. Mikoshi, weighing about 4 tons carried by 150 to 200 people, will parade around the shrine from 6:50 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 11. Many lanterns will also be lit up from 7 p.m. on June 11.
Access: (1) 5 to 10-min. walk from Asakusabashi Station, JR Sobu or Subway Toei Asakusa lines.
(2) 5 to 10-min. walk from Kuramae Station, Subway Toei Asakusa or Toei Oedo lines.


Annual Festival of Sumida Inari Shrine
June 10 to June 11
  Annual Festival of Sumida Inari Shrine, Sumida-ku. A parade of Kodomo Mikoshi (portable shrine carried by children) and Chu-Mikoshi will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 11. Lighted Manto Mikoshi (a portable shrine in the shape of lanterns) will also be shown around the Shrine from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 10 and to 8:30 p.m. on June 11. But this year's festival is said to be relatively small in scale.
Access: (1) 15-min. walk from Yahiro Station, Keisei Oshiage Line.
(2) 7-min. walk from Kanegafuchi Station, Tobu Isezaki Line.


Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri
June 10 to June 18
  Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri (Hydrangea Festival) at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku. About 3,000 hydrangeas will be in full bloom during the festival. Various events, including street performances, are scheduled on June 10, 11, 17, 18.
Access: (1) 1-min. walk from Hakusan Station, Subway Toei Mita Line.
(2) 3-min. walk from Hon-Komagome Station, Subway Namboku Line.


Grand Sumo Saikyo Ketteisen Tournament
June 11
  Grand Sumo Special Elimination Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall, Sumida-ku. Hall opens at 11 a.m. Tournaments by lower-rank and upper-rank Sumo wrestlers (rikishi) will be held. Dohyo-iri or the ring-entering ceremony by the present grand champion (yokozuna) is planned to be performed. The main tournament (maku-uchi) will end around 5 p.m. Seats (7,000 yen; 3,000 yen; and 1000 yen) will be sold at the Kokugikan Hall.
Access: Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line.

Hozuki Ichi
June 23 to June 24
  Hozuki Ichi (Ground Cherry Fair) will be held in the precincts of Atago Shrine, Minato-ku, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 23 and 24.
Access: (1) 6-min. walk from Kamiyacho Station, Subway Hibiya Line.
(2) 6-min. walk from Onarimon Station, Subway Toei Mita Line.
(3) 10-min. walk from Toranomon Station, Subway Ginza Line.


Heiwajima Antique Fair
June 23 to June 25
  Heiwajima Antique Fair will be held at Heiwajima Tokyo Ryutsu Center, Ota-ku, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (June 25 till 5 p.m.) This year, the same event is also scheduled on Sept. 22-24 and Dec. 15-17.
Access: Ryutsu Center Station, Tokyo Monorail Line originating from Hamamatsucho Station.

Ueki Ichi
June 24 to June 25
  Ueki Ichi (Potted Plant Fair) will be held around the streets of Fuji Sengen Shrine, Asakusa, Taito-ku. The fair is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m.
Access: Asakusa Station, Subway Ginza or Toei Asakusa lines.

Gujo Odori in Aoyama
June 24 to June 25
  Gujo Odori in Aoyama features a famous Gujo Odori folk dance originating in Gujo-Hachiman at Gifu prefecture. An Intangible Cultural Property is also scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 24, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 25.
Access: 1-min. walk from Gaien-mae Station, Subway Ginza Line.

Torigoe Chinowa-kuguri/Suijousai-Katashiro-nagashi or Misogi Matsuri
June 30 to July 1
  Torigoe Chinowa-kuguri, a traditional ceremony to pray for good health and longevity will be held at Torigoe Shrine, Taito-ku, from 8 p.m. on June 30. Suijousai-Katashiro-nagashi, a Shinto ritual, features a purification ceremony on July 1. A Gozabune boat carrying Katashiro (papers cut in the shape of dolls) will stream from Yanagibashi Bridge, close to JR Asakusabashi Station from 10 a.m., and will be escorted by other boats. The boats flows down the Sumida River and ends at Tokyo Bay.
Access: (1) To go to Torigoe Shrine: 5-min. walk from Kuramae Station, Subway Toei Asakusa or Toei Oedo lines.
(2) To go to Yanagibashi: 1-min. walk from Asakusabashi Station, JR Sobu or Subway Asakusa lines.



Iris Gardens in Tokyo



Tourist Information Center, Japan National Tourist Organization
Festivals around Tokyo l Festivals around other areas of Kanto

Hana-Shobu (Irises) at Meiji Shrine
June 1 to June 30
  Located in Shibuya-ku, the garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays till 6 p.m.) Admission: 500 yen. Irises are usually in full bloom around mid-June.
Access: (1) Harajuku Station, JR Yamanote Line.
(2) Meiji-Jingumae Station, Subway Chiyoda Line.


Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival) at Horikiri Shobuen Garden
June 1 to June 20
  Located in Katsushika-ku, the garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The opening ceremony of Japanese drums performances will be held on June 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Access: 10-min. walk from Horikiri-Shobuen Station, Keisei Line originating from Keisei-Ueno Station.

Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival) at Mizumoto Koen Park
June 1 to June 25
  Located in Katsushika-ku, the garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. Some events, including a demonstration of Japanese drums, will be held on June 4, 11, 17, 18 and 25. Admission is free of charge.
Access: From the South Exit of Kanamachi Station on JR Joban Line or Keisei Kanamachi Line, take the bus to Mizumoto Koen Bus Stop (10 to 15-min. ride) and walk 7 minutes.

Hana-Shobu-ten (Iris Show) at Yasukuni Shrine
June 8 to June 18
  Located in Chiyoda-ku, potted irises can be seen in the precincts of Yasukuni Shrine. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
Access: Kudanshita Station, Subway Tozai, Hanzomon or Toei Shinjuku lines.


Festivals around other areas of Kanto



Tourist Information Center, Japan National Tourist Organization
Festivals around Tokyol Iris Gardens in Tokyo

Itako Ayame Matsuri
June 1 to June 25
  Iris Flower Festival held at Maekawa Iris Garden, Itako City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The iris flower show will take place during the festival period. Admission is free. A demonstration of a bride being escorted by boat will be held every Saturday and Sunday around 11 a.m.; Ayame-Odori (local Japanese dance) will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday; and a parade of Itako-Bayashi (festival musical band) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. The Itako-Bayashi parade will be canceled in the event of rain.
Access: 3-min. walk from Itako Station, JR Kashima Line.

Kaiko Kinen Bazaar
June 1 to June 7
  Big bazaar held in Yokohama Koen Park near Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Over 200 open-air stalls selling potted plants, clothes, toys and the like will be set up.
Access: 3-min. walk from South Exit, Kannai Station, JR Negishi Line (accessible from Yokohama Station) or JR Keihin Tohoku Line (accessible from Tokyo Station).

Yokohama Kaiko-sai Festival
June 3 to June 4
  Rinko Koen Park, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Fireworks will be displayed at Akarenga Park on June 22 from about 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other events will also be scheduled during the festival period.
Access: (1) Sakuragicho Station, JR Negishi Line (accessible from Yokohama Station) or JR Keihin Tohoku Line (accessible from Tokyo Station)
(2) Nihon Odori Station, Minato Mirai Line.

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