SUN

Osame-no Nishiarai Daishi

Osame-no Daishi or The Year-End Fair at Nishiarai Daishi Temple, in Adachi-ku, will be held from 9 a.m. to around 5 p.m on Dec. 21. Open-air stalls selling kumade (ornamental bamboo rakes adorned with symbols of good luck for the New Year) are set ...

SUN

Osame-no Kawasaki Daishi

Osame-no Daishi or the Year-End Fair at Kawasaki Daishi Temple, in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, is held from around 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fair is one of the biggest of its kind in Tokyo and the surrounding vicinity. Access: The Keihin Kyuko Line ...

SUN

Shimai Kobo

Shimai Kobo or the Year-end Fair at Toji Temple in Minami-ku, Kyoto, is held on the 21st of every month, but the last fair of the year draws especially large crowds. Open-air stalls selling used kimono, potted plants, used books, New Year’s decorations and ...

TUE

Tenno Tanjo-bi

Tenno Tanjo-bi or the Emperor’s birthday is a national holiday on Dec. 23. The public is permitted to enter the Imperial Palace grounds which are usually closed, via Nijubashi Bridge, to offer their congratulations to the Emperor and his family each year. The Imperial ...

WED

Osame-no Jizo

Osame-no Jizo or The Year-End Fair will be on Dec. 24 at Togenuki Jizo Temple (or Koganji Temple), in Toshima-ku, and held from 9 a.m. to around 5 p.m. Access: The JR Yamanote Line or the Toei Mita Subway Line to Sugamo Station, and ...

THU

Shimai Tenjin

Shimai Tenjin or the Year-end Fair at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, features open-air stalls selling New Year’s decorations and plum berries which have ripened in this shrine, from dawn till dusk. The fair is as large in scale as the one at ...

SUN

Osame-no Fudo Fukagawa Fudoson

Osame-no Fudo or The Year-End Fair will be held at Fukagawa Fudoson Temple, in Koto-ku, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Access: The Tozai or Toei Oedo Subway Line to Monzen-Nakacho Station, and then walk 2 min. Festival information  compiled in cooperation with the Tourist ...

SUN
Osame-no Fudo Naritasan

Osame-no Fudo Naritasan

Osame-no Fudo or Year-End Fair will be held at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, in Narita, Chiba Prefecture. Otakiage, or a fire ceremony, is held in the compound of the temple from around 10:30 a.m. to around 1 p.m. Open-air stalls are set up along the main ...

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Toshi-no Ichi

Toshi-no Ichi or O-Deko Ichi, is a year-end fair around Yagenbori Fudoson Temple, in Chuo-ku, which features many open-air stalls selling New Year’s decorations, clothes, shoes, bags and more from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day during the fair period. Access: (1) The ...

WED

Misoka Ichi

Misoka Ichi or The Year-End Fair in the precincts of Okunitama Shrine, in Fuchu, on the outskirts of Tokyo, features open-air stalls selling New Year’s decorations from 10 a.m. to around 6 p.m. Access: (1) 25 min. by Limited Express Train on the Keio ...

WED
Omisoka

Omisoka

Omisoka or New Year’s Eve, is the last day of the year. Many people stay at home and sit up until midnight to listen to joya-no-kane, or 108 peals of the temple bell, which ring out the old year and ring in the coming ...

WED

Yokohama Chukagai "Countdown"

Yokohama Chukagai “Countdown,” or the year-end countdown event is held at Kantei-byo and Maso-byo in Chinatown, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. Shishimai (lion dance) is performed on the grounds of Chuka Gakuin School from around midnight on Dec. 31, 2014. Access: (1) The Minatomirai Line to Motomachi-Chukagai ...

WED
Namahage

Namahage

Namahage (folklore demons that pay frightening visits to children of local houses) in Oga, Akita Prefecture, is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets. Local groups of namahage-masked men, disguised as devils, visit private houses in the villages in the ...

WED

Okera-mairi

Okera-mairi, or the traditional year-end festival at Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, is held from about 7 p.m. through 5 a.m. of Jan. 1. The climax of this festival comes around 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Jan. 1 when a large number of ...

WED

Chinka-sai at Miyajima

During Chinka-sai, or the Fire Festival at Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, a priest brings a fragment of sacred fire from the shrine to the Mikasahama Beach and lights a big torch placed on the beach. Then young men race to be ...

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