Tokyo is one of the world’s most historical and greatest cities with numerous special events being held around the year. These cover a wide gamut of attractions from cherry blossom festivals to food-themed events, summer festivals, exhibitions and a whole lot more.
Do note that event schedules and itineraries are subject to change/cancellation on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Always scrutinize official websites carefully before booking.
Here is a List of Upcoming and Ongoing Events and Festivals in Tokyo for 2022
1. Earth Day Tokyo 2022
Billed for mid-April (16th-17th April 2022), this event will take place at the Yoyogi Park over two days. Booths will be put up by non-profits in Japan working for the environment while there will be environment-friendly food on offer as well.
2. Shibuya Ohara Matsuri
This dance festival is held in Shibuya in May and draws inspiration from the traditional Kyushu Island dance styles. It is a festival of friendship between Kagoshima and Tokyo. It will take place at the Shibuya Station’s Hacho stretch.
3. Sanno Festival
It is held at the Hie shrine and there is a parade of numerous participants. The parade covers 9 hours in total. The starting time is 7.30 AM and it ends by 5 PM. 7th-17th June is the festival timeline for 2022.
4. Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival
It is held at the Minato Mirai area. There are 15,000 shells included in the fireworks display. The usual hours are 7 PM to 8.30 PM. The festival will take place early in August and dates have not been announced as of yet.
5. Asakusa Samba Carnival
The Asakusa Samba Carnival will take place in end-August, spearheaded by the Queen of the Drums. There is a dance contest that takes place, with approximately 20 competing teams in attendance. The usual hours are between 1 PM and 6 PM.
6. 2022 Tokyo Game Show
This is the biggest video game conference in Tokyo held every September at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe. The four-day event has the last two days opening for the public while the first two days are for industry and press participants. 2022 Tokyo Game Show will take place on 15-18 September 2022.
7. 2022 Shibuya Halloween
Halloween is now a big festival in Tokyo in its own right. The biggest event is around the Center Gai Street. 31st October is the date of 2022 Shibuya Halloween.
8. 2022 Meiji Shrine Autumn Festival
The 2022 Meiji Shrine Autumn Festival commemorates Emperor Meiji’s birthday over three days of performances, cultural events, and martial arts displays. The festival will take place between the 1st and 3rd of November this year.
9. 2022 Chichibu Night Festival
The Chichibu Night Festival has a fireworks display, mikoshi and floats. The two-hour fireworks display concludes the spectacular festival. The crowning moment is on the night of 3rd December at the Dangoza hill. Chants accompany the taking of the huge mikoshi and float to the summit. The peak timing is between 6-8.30 PM on this date. The main area is near the Chichibu Shrine and the Chichibu Station lies nearby. The dates for the Chichibu Night Festival are the 2nd and 3rd of December, 2022.