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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Zao Juhyo Light-up

Zao Juhyo Light-up

Zao Juhyo Light-up at Zao Onsen Ski Ground in the Yamagata Prefecture features the lighting up of juhyo, or trees covered with frost (also known as “ice monsters”), along the Zao Ropeway Sancho Line and around Jizo Sancho Station from 5 p.m. to 9 ...

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Gion Corner Winter Tokubetsu Koen

Gion Corner Winter Tokubetsu Koen, or the Winter Special Performance at Gion Corner in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, is a demonstration of several kinds of traditional Japanese entertainments and arts. The event is staged twice a day from 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., every Friday, Saturday, ...

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Tomin Festival 2015

Tomin Festival 2015

Every week, there’s someone performing somewhere on a stage in Tokyo. Prices, however, aren’t cheap, which is why the Tomin Festival 2015 is a jackpot for lovers of the performing arts who are on a budget. Over two months, 36 performances will be held ...

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