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Events in Ota City

January

Children’s Horseback Archery
07 Jan 2021

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
13 Jan 2021

Hashigo-nori

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 Temple by the Omori Steeplejack Asso...

Dondo-Yaki
15 Jan 2021

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 District, the Dondo-Yaki is the perfect event for both friends and families to celebrate the New Year and...

February

Setsubun (Bean-Scattering Festival)
03 Feb 2021

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
21 Feb - 07 Mar 2021

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.

March

Cherry Blossoms in Ota City
15 Mar - 31 Mar 2021

Cherry Blossoms in Ota City

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...

April

Tenso-jinja Shrine Negi Dance
21 Apr 2021

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
15 May 2021

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. Musi...

June

Rokugo-jinja Shrine Children's Lion Dance
05 Jun - 06 Jun 2021

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
11 Jun - 13 Jun 2021

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...

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 th...

Lantern Floating at Senzokuike Pond
16 Jul 2021

Lantern Floating at Senzokuike Pond

The lit lanterns in the darkness of the Senzokuike Pond illuminates 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. Matsuris are a great way ...

August

Fireworks Festival
Mid August

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 sight.

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 th...

September

Senzoku-Ike Autumn Festival
05 Sep 2021

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 ...

October

International City Ota Festival
02 Oct 2021

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’...

Chrysanthemum Exhibition
Late October

Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Chrysanthemums are important flower used for symbols of 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 (plum g...

November

Ota Open Factory
Mid November

Ota Open Factory

Ota City opens its factories to the public Ota City is known to be a city for manufacturers and craftsmanship, and during mid-late November each year, they open their factories for tours and experiences. Children and adults of all ages are welcome as we prepare fun activities and opportunities...