What to do in Tokyo this week? (September 10th – September 16th)

Sumo, Tahitian culture or a four-days Japanese traditional festival… Where will you go?

2018-09-07   Festivals & Events, Tokyo,


The Setagaya Hachimangu Autumn Festival (Sat, September 15th, Sun, September 16th)

Source: Grassman’s Tokyo Walks

This traditional festival has the usual mikoshi parade (on sunday), but is also a great opportunity to see Sumo wrestling for free! Get to the roots of Sumo wrestling by watching it as part of a Shinto ritual on saturday from 2pm.

Place: Miyanosaka area (Setagaya-ku)

Website :  The Shrine’s Official Twitter Account

Access: 5mn on foot from Miyanosaka Station (Tokyu Setagaya Line)

Tahiti Festa 2018 (from Sat, September 15th, to Mon, September 17th)

Source: Tahiti Festa Official Website

Discover French Polynesian culture at this festival. Enjoy songs and dances from Tahitian celebrities, buy the local crafts (like the famous Tahiti pearls) and eat delicious Tahitian food.

Place: Venus Fort Shopping Mall (Odaiba)

Website (Japanese Only): Tahiti Festa

Access: 5mn on foot from Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line)

Akasaka Hikawa Festival (from Fri, September 14th, to Mon, September 17th)

This festival lasting four days provides lots of events: traditional music, dances, food stall. There will be the traditional mikoshi parade, but also a less often seen dashi (big floats on wheels) procession. It’s also one of the rare events during which Akasaka geishas will make an appearance!

Place: Akasaka Hikawa Shrine and Akasaka Area

Official booklet with full program and route maps (Japanese Only): Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri

Access: The shrine is 8mn on foot from Akasaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

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I’m French but I’ve been living in Tokyo for many years during which I had a lot of meaningful and thrilling experiences. I’m curious and I love learning new things. My hobbies are kick boxing, scuba diving, Japanese traditional painting, etc… As a writer, I’d like to share information about less touristic, more authentic places. I will also write about all the fun and cultural activities unique to Japan.