Cherry Blossoms in Ota City

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Between March and May each year is the season of Hanami, literally "flower viewing". This is the tradition of visiting and admiring the beauty of seasonal flowers, namely cherry and plum blossoms. From casual picnics to fairly large parties, drinks and meals are enjoyed under the trees, as people flock to the cherry blossom hotspots [...]



Hashigo-nori is a traditional performance that attempts to pass on the techniques and methods of fireman in the Edo period. The performance is held every year on the coming-of-age day (second Monday of January) in front of the main hall of the Ikegami Honmonji by the Omori Steeplejack Association. Don’t miss their acrobatic performances on [...]

Setsubun (Bean-Scattering Festival)


Setsubun marks the end of the winter season and the arrival of spring, according to the old lunar calendar. Japanese people scatter beans to bring good luck into their homes. In Ikegami-Honmonji temple, a Setsubun event that features bean-throwing is held on the 3rd of February. Getting there 10 minutes’ walk from Ikegami Station [...]

Children’s Horseback Archery


This intangible folk cultural property of Tokyo is held on the 7th of January every year at Rokugo Shrine to wish for health and sound growth of children. Boys in Samurai armour shoot four pairs of targets with eyes drawn on, riding on a wooden horse. Getting there 8 minutes' walk from Rokugodote Station [...]

Fireworks Festival


Commemorating Ota-ku's declaration of itself as Peace City, a firework festival is held on August 15th every year, the date that marks the end of WWII in Japan. The 5000 fireworks sparkling above the Tama River are a spectacular site. Getting there 5 minutes' walk from "Rokugo Dote" station on Keikyu Line More [...]

Rokugo-jinja Shrine Children’s Lion Dance


A trio of children perform a Japanese lion dance to the music of flute and sasara (Japanese percussion instrument). This folk art dance, said to repel the evil spirits with the lion's energy, has been passed down over generations. Getting there 5 minutes' walk from "Rokugo-Dote" station on Keikyu Line More information [...]

Senzoku Pond Spring Evening Concert


This Japanese traditional music concert takes place on "Iketsuki bridge" every May. Enjoy the beautiful harmony of Japanese traditional music played by musicians both on the bridge and in boats floating on the pond. Getting there 2 minutes' walk from Senzoku-Ike Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line More information Iketsuki [...]

Tenso-jinja Shrine Negi Dance


A traditional dance to repel evil spirits and wish for fertility is held at Tenso Shrine every year on April 21st. After the dance, a ritual called "Oyubana" is performed, which is said to have begun in the Edo period. Getting there 5 minutes’ walk from Ontakesan Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line More [...]

International City Ota Festival


Celebrating Ota as the “Gateway to Japan” the International City Ota Festival is the annual event where tourists can encounter a wealth of attractions, events and booths from all over the world. Held in view of Haneda Airport, the world’s third largest in passenger traffic volume, the festival displays the strengths of Ota City and [...]