- Monozukuri – A Celebration of Japanese Artisanal Techniques (August 8th – 10th)
- Lanterns on the river Sumida, Asakusa (August 11th)
- Tomioka Hachimangu Festival (August 11th-15th)
- Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Bonbori Festival (August 6th-9th)
Monozukuri – A Celebration of Japanese Artisanal Techniques (August 8th – 10th)
Monozukuri is a huge and admission free event that presents all of the Japanese artisanal techniques. It includes traditional performances like ikebana, tea ceremony, traditional dance, but also modern ones like ice sculpture or haute couture. It’s also possible to take part in a ton of experiences of many kinds and for all ages such as wearing a kimono, trying Japanese embroidery, experience Japanese instruments, but also rarer experiences like making a Japanese tiled roof, making your own official traditional seal, programming a robot, and much, much more! Please check the official website for more details.
Place: Tokyo International Forum
Official website (English): Monozukuri
Access: 1mn from JR Yurakucho station; 5mn from JR Tokyo station; connected to Tokyo Metro Yueakucho Line by exit D5.
Lanterns on the river Sumida, Asakusa (August 11th)
On Saturday, join the Asakusa folks and float a lantern on the Sumida river. Floating such lanterns is a tradition during the Obon period (See our article: 7 Japanese traditions for Obon) during which Japanese people show their respect and remember their ancestors. Originally, people are floating lanterns on the Sumida river in memory of the victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and for the victims of the bombings during WW2. If you wish to participate, you can buy a lantern on the spot but they tend to sell quickly, so it might be a good idea to visit the Asakusa Tourist Office to make a reservation (until the 10th). More information on the official website.
Place: Along the Sumida river promenade between Azumabashi bridge and Nakagobashi bridge
Official website (English): 365 Asakusa
Access: Next to Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station (Asakusa Line, Ginza Line)
Tomioka Hachimangu Festival (August 11th-15th)
If you want to experience a typical Japanese festival, this is a great chance. During the five days, from 9am to 9pm, see the locals happily carry around the portable shrines while wearing the traditional happii clothes! The Monzen-Nakacho area is also great for its old fashioned shops and restaurants.
Place: Tomioka Hachimangu surroundings (Monzen-Nakacho area)
Official Website (Japanese Only): Tomioka Hachimangu
Access: Monzen-Nakacho station (Toei Osedo Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Bonbori Festival (August 6th-9th)
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is the most famous shrine of Kamakura, a beautiful town you can reach from Tokyo in less than 1 hour by train. This festival is great to take eerie pictures of a Japanese shrine at night. The area will be decorated with more than 400 lampshades decorated with beautiful calligraphies and pictures.
Place: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (Kamakura)
Official Website (English): Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
Access: 15mn on foot from Kamakura JR Station