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January

Children’s Horseback Archery
Early January

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.

Hashigo-nori
Mid-January

Hashigo-nori

Hashigo-nori is a traditional performance that attempts to pass on the techniques and methods of firemen 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 Temple by the Omori Steeplejack Association...

Dondo-Yaki
Mid-January

Dondo-Yaki

A Flaming Start To The New Year What would you do to start your New Year? Would you go to see an exciting show with friends, or would you prefer some warm and cozy family time? Here in Ota City, the Dondo-Yaki is the perfect event for both friends and families to celebrate the New Year and pray for..

February

Setsubun (Bean-Scattering Festival)
Early February

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.

Ikegami Baien Light-up event
Late February

Ikegami Baien Light-up event

Ikegami Baien’s 370 plum blossom trees in peak bloom will be lit-up. Stroll through the beautiful garden during this event, only held for two weeks a year.

April

Tenso-jinja Shrine Negi Dance
Late April

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.

May

Shunsho-no-Hibiki: A Spring Evening Concert of Traditional Japanese Music
Mid-May

Shunsho-no-Hibiki: A Spring Evening Concert of Traditional Japanese Music

The Shunsho-no-Hibiki Concert was started in 1995 in order to commemorate the completion of the Iketsukihashi Bridge, a triple-arched bridge built on the west bank of Senzokuike Pond, and featured a performance from the great fue master Sanzaemon Takara, a Living National Treasure. Musicians playing..

June

Rokugo-jinja Shrine Children's Lion Dance
Early June

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.

Ota Expo
Mid-June

Ota Expo

The annual Ota Expo is held at Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal, operated by Japan Airport Terminal Co, Ltd, on the second weekend of June. This year will see the sixth edition of the exposition, with performances, exhibits, and workshops based on the themes of “Touch, Look, Create, Snap.” Ota..

See Tamagawadai Park’s Hydrangeas at their Best
Mid-June

See Tamagawadai Park’s Hydrangeas at their Best

Just one minute’s walk from Tamagawa Station lies Tamagawadai Park, which is famous for its vast hydrangea garden. Drift through about 3,000 hydrangea bushes of seven distinct and different varieties, and surround yourself in the beauty of varying shades of purple, blue, pink, and white. Every year,..

July

Mizudome-no-mai
Mid-July

Mizudome-no-mai

When foreigners seek out a new experience in Japan, it often falls into one of four major categories: the “weird,” the food-oriented, sightseeing, or a “deep” experience that imbues the mind with a sense of truly knowing something about Japan. Mizudome no mai falls into the latter category. The..

Lantern Floating at Senzokuike Pond
Mid-July

Lantern Floating at Senzokuike Pond

The lit lanterns in the darkness of the Senzokuike Pond illuminate a sense of warmth to those visiting. The beautiful reflection that shines on the water surface is a sight to behold.

Haneda Matsuri
Late July

Haneda Matsuri

A traditional summer festival The Haneda Matsuri, or Haneda Festival, is held annually during the last week of July and boasts an average attendance of around 30,000, most of whom are locals. Being a fisherman’s town, Haneda Matsuri provides a unique experience. Matsuri are a great way to familiarise..

August

Kojiya Awa Dance
Early August

Kojiya Awa Dance

Kojiya Awa Dance is known as a seasonal tradition of Ota City. Across two days, about 600 people cooperate and line up in 10 rows to cheer up the crowd with their dance. About 150 kids line up in three rows and dance as well. It is definitely a sight to see.

Fireworks Festival
Mid-August

Fireworks Festival

The Fireworks Festival is held every year on August 15th as an anniversary of the end of the war, to commemorate the declaration of peace in Ota City. It has been canceled to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Anamori Inari-jinja Shrine Lantern Festival
Late August

Anamori Inari-jinja Shrine Lantern Festival

Every year in late August, the parishioners of Anamori Inari-jinja Shrine in Ota City join the priests and their attendants to light handmade lanterns, asking Inari-sama, the god of rice, to grant their wishes. The lanterns, which bear images made by children and adults alike, are set up on the day..

September

Senzoku-Ike Autumn Festival
Early September

Senzoku-Ike Autumn Festival

Senzoku-ike is a relaxing park and pond area located in Northern Ota City. Senzoku-Ike is home to several yearly events throughout the season, but one of the best is the Autumn Festival held each year in early September (typically the first Sunday of September). During this time, tourists can explore..

October

International City Ota Festival
Early October

International City Ota Festival

Celebrating Ota’s position as the “Gateway to Japan,” the International City Ota Festival (空フェス) annual event invites tourists to 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 volu..

Chrysanthemum Exhibition
Late October

Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Chrysanthemums are important flowers used for symbols of the Imperial household and it’s not difficult to see why. Ikegami Baien (plum garden) in Ota City, visitors can see these beautiful flowers up close and personal from late October to early November.  Although Ikegami Baien is widely known..