top of page

Must-Go Festivals & Matsuris For Your 2023 Tokyo Trip

With Japan’s borders reopening and 2023 slowly rolling in, it is time to start getting that itinerary packed to the brim. Wondering which festivals you should put your sights on? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Here are our top 4 festivals that you should make sure to check out when you’re in Japan.

If you are in Tokyo in January, be sure to drop by the Furusato Festival. Prepare to spend at least half a day at this once a year event. Enjoy endless options of authentic Japanese food and drinks to choose from, such as premium dons, marinated crab, strawberry shaved ice and Hokkaido beer. End the day by watching the cultural shows and dances lined up. Be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time to get the early bird discount, but even if you forget, walk-ins are possible but of course, with a pricer fee. Make sure to bring along your passport in case the staff needs to check your ID upon entry.

As this event is catered to locals, don’t expect to see many English translations around. Not to worry, you should be just fine by following the crowd and seeing which stalls have the longest lines 😅

Cr: Hong Guan Cr: Ewe Theng

Cr: Yip Cr: Eng Chun

Torigoe Matsuri takes place in the streets of Asakusa with over 350 food stalls selling matsuri food such as candied apples, yakisoba, takoyaki, mochi and okonomiyaki. Besides the food stalls, there are also game stalls available for passers-by to try their luck. This annual event requires no entrance fee, but be sure to confirm the dates of the event nearer to the date (although it is known to take place during the second weekend of June). If you would like to catch the main mikoshi procession, the procession of Torigoe Shrine’s 4-ton portable shrine, be sure to turn up for the event on the last day.

If you are someone who is all about culture, do not miss out Sanja Matsuri. Sanja Matsuri is a 3 day event involving processions of about 100 portable shrines. Relish in the atmosphere as a large procession of priests, city officials, geisha, musicians and dancers wearing Edo Period costumes walk the streets. Of course there will be stalls selling festival food like yakisoba, and others selling goods like yukatas.

Experience Japan like a local by going to the Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri. This festival is held along a 1.2km stretch between Ueno and Asakusa. There are multiple festivities such as traditional dancing performances, street food and drinks. This matsuri is perfect if you have a packed itinerary but you still want to experience all that Japan has to offer, this matsuri can be easily covered in an hour.

These are just some of the many festivals that Japan holds. What are you waiting for? Book your plane tickets now before it is too late!! ✈️


bottom of page