FEBRUARY: Festivals + Events

 Click on Tell me more to read about the event, then use the search term below to find out the exact dates and times for the year you’ll be there.

Setsubun Festival

The holiday of Setsubun (February 2-3) features bean-throwing and demon-ousting at all the major shrines and temples

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Search term: Tokyo Setsubun temple shrine

The Annual Funeral for Pins & Needles

Once a year (on February 8), old pins and needles are brought to Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa to retire them with honor and thank them for their service by sticking them into blocks of tofu

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Search term: harikuyo Tokyo Sensoji

Some-no-komichi Fabric Dyeing Festival

Once a year, the canals running between Nakai and Ochiai are festooned with kilometers of kimono fabric, celebrating the district’s long history of dyeing

February 21-23, 2020

Search term: some no komichi Nakai Ochiai

Plum Blossom Festival

The Yushima Shrine hosts a plum blossom festival that features blooming trees, festival booths with street food and carnival games, and entertainment like monkey shows and taiko drumming

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Search terms: Bunkyo plum blossom festival; ume matsuri

Plum Blossom Season

Throughout the month of February, the plum blossoms put on a heavenly show, all over Tokyo. Click the link to find the best places to see them

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(You can search for information on these by Googling the names in bold or searching for them on Tokyo Cheapo or TimeOut Tokyo, which I think have the most reliable info for events that change dates from year to year.)

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