Japanese calendar 2017

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2016 – Year of the Monkey in Japan

23 December 2016: Re-opening of Asakusa Tatsumiya (shop specialized in kimono tumblers) in Tokyo city near Asakusa subway station, 10 seconds away from the famous Kaminari-mon red Thunder Gate!

2017 – Year of the Rooster in Japan

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2020 – Year of the Rat in Japan

2020 (precise date unknown): World Robot Summit (city & precise location unknown).


Topics: today in Japan, soon in Tokyo (June – July 2015), public holidays 2015, everyday life in Japan, 2015-2017 events in Japan.

In the Japanese calendar, 2015 is the 27th year of the Heisei era. We recommend martial arts tournaments, live music in Tokyo… Reserve a half-day personalized tour to get a Yes in Japan tour guide or conductor before, during or after an event!
Chika and Mary during a piano and song concert at Horizon.

Learn more soon with special pages for Japanese festivals, Spring (cherry blossoms), Summer (fireworks), Autumn (red leaves), and Winter (ski & snow festivals). See our travel articles about the calendar, championships & tournaments, 2015, 2016, January, February, March, April, May, June

Recommended events coming soon in Japan

Yes in Japan events including meet-ups and international evenings:

Martial arts (including many high-level free or cheap events):

Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Other events (cherry blossoms, festivals, history, international meet-ups, koyo, live music…) on day time and evenings:


Fight with snakes/dragons of Iwami-kagura at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

Today in Japan

19-30 June 2015: Show TSUKI 1789 Les Amants de la Bastille at Takarazuka Revue in Tokyo city.

Soon in Tokyo

Frequent events:

  • Friday (last of the month): Free pipe organ concert with classics and Buddhist songs from 12:20 to 12:50 at Tsukiji Hongan-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.
  • Saturday (last of the month except August): Buddhist service Dharma talk in English from 17:30 then informal gathering at Tsukiji Hongan-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays: Pedestrian Paradise (car-free zone) in the Ginza are of Tokyo from 12:00 to 18:00 (17:00 after September).
  • Sunday (first & third of the month): Oedo Antique Market/Fair “largest outdoor antique market in Japan” at Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo.
  • Iidabashi Ramla Market near Iidabashi station in Tokyo.
  • Kabuki theatre at Kabuki-za in Tokyo.
  • Live music at Kento’s Ginza in Tokyo.
  • Yasukuni Shrine Antique Market near Kudanshita station in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)

You can visit Tsukiji Market in Tokyo almost every day but access is restricted until 09:00. If you really want to enjoy the ambience, you should get up very early (or stay awake all night long) and take a taxi to arrive before 05:00 to see the tuna auctions. Note: only 120 persons can enter to see the auctions; no reservation possible…

30 June 2015: Summer Great Purification (Oharae) at Hibiya Shrine, Karasumori Shrine and Toranomon Kotohira Shrine in Tokyo.

July 2015: Summer sales in many department stores and big shops.

01-26 July 2015: Show TSUKI 1789 Les Amants de la Bastille at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

01-07 July 2015: Tanabata Festival at Karasumori Shrine in Tokyo.

05-27 July 2015: Show ATERUI at Shimbashi Enbujo in Tokyo.

07 July 2015: Prayer to the Seven Gods of Fortune at Namiyoke shrine in Tokyo.

03-27 July 2015: Show OKABUKI at Kabuki-za in Tokyo.

13-16 July 2015: Veneration of the dead (Obon) at Tsukiji Hongan-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.

23-24 July 2015: Koichi-matsuri in Shimbashi – Bon dance festival in Tokyo.

29-31 July 2015: Honganji Bon Festival in Tokyo.

30-31 July 2015: Show SORA at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

Public holidays 2015 in Japan

20 July 2015 (Monday): Marine Day.
21 September 2015 (Monday): Respect for the Aged Day.
22 September 2015 (Tuesday): Special public holiday bridging the 21 and 23.
23 September 2015 (Wednesday): Autumnal Equinox Day. Autumn/Fall.
12 October 2015 (Monday): Health and Sports Day.
03 November 2015 (Tuesday): Culture Day.
23 November 2015 (Monday): Labour Thanksgiving Day.
23 December 2015 (Wednesday): The Emperor’s Birthday.

01 January 2015 (Wednesday): New Year’s Day.
13 January 2015 (Monday): Coming of Age Day. See Japanese girls in kimono for their 20th birthday!
11 February 2015 (Tuesday): National Foundation Day.
21 March 2015 (Friday): Vernal Equinox Day. Spring.
29 April 2015 (Tuesday): Showa Day. Start of the Golden Week.
03 May 2015 (Saturday): Constitution Memorial Day. Middle of the Golden Week.
04 May 2015 (Sunday): Greenery Day. Moves to 06 May because on a Sunday. Middle of the Golden Week.
05 May 2015 (Monday): Children’s Day. Middle of the Golden Week.
06 May 2015 (Tuesday): Greenery Day. Substitute public holiday. End of the Golden Week.

Everyday life in Japan

January: Period for the New Year’s parties.

Beginning of January: Many Japanese girls in kimono for their “hatsumode” first visit of the year at a Shinto shrine!

Middle of January: “Coming of Age” ceremonies in most cities of Japan (otherwise held in August for e.g. snowy areas). See Japanese girls in kimono for their 20th birthday!

14 February: Valentine’s Day celebrated as a big event in Japan.

March: Start of the peak season for cherry blossoms. End of the fiscal year and academic year. Expect Japanese boys in business suit and Japanese girls in kimono (traditional dress) before/after their graduation ceremony near universities, in the streets, at hotels… as well as Japanese national flags at schools.
Japanese girls in kimono after their graduation ceremony in Tokyo in March 2014.

April: Start of the fiscal year and academic year. End of the peak season for cherry blossoms.

June: Peak of the rainy season.

August: Start of the season for typhoons.

September: Middle of the season for typhoons.

October: End of the season for typhoons. Start of the peak season for the “red leaves” (koyo in Japanese).

31 October: Halloween celebrated with scary or cute make-up/costumes in some places such as the Shibuya district of Tokyo.

November: End of the peak season for the “red leaves” (koyo in Japanese).

December: Period for the year-end parties “Bonenkai”.

24 December (evening): Christmas celebrated as a big non-religious romantic event in Japan! (with lovers or friends but not family)

2015 in Japan

01-30 August 2015: Show SORA at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

01 August 2015: Honganji Bon Festival in Tokyo.

06-28 August 2015: Show NOURYO-KABUKI at Kabuki-za in Tokyo.

07 August 2015: 31st Noh Komparu Festival with Noh street performances in the Ginza area of Tokyo.

08 August 2015: Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks.

13-16 August 2015: Veneration of the dead (Obon) at Tsukiji Hongan-ji Buddhist temple. Buddhist dances (Bon-odori) at Tsukiji Hongan-ji Buddhist temple.

04-30 September 2015: Show YUKI at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

01-11 October 2015: Show YUKI at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

07-31 October 2015: Show ONE PIECE at Shimbashi Enbujo in Tokyo.

16-31 October 2015: Show HOSHI at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

01-22 November 2015: Show HOSHI at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

01-25 November 2015: Show ONE PIECE at Shimbashi Enbujo in Tokyo.

27-30 November 2015: Show HANA at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

01-27 December 2015: Show HANA at TAKARAZUKA REVUE in Tokyo.

2015 in Japan (events to be confirmed)

09-18 January 2015: 7th Furusato-matsuri Tokyo (Japanese festivals) at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo city. Our impressions in 2014: Wonderful dances. More information about Furusato-matsuri Tokyo in 2014.
11-25 January 2015: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
07 December 2014: Martial arts tournament (Karate, practised with hands & feet) at Nippon-Budokan.
26-31 December 2014: Ultraman super-hero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
17 January 2015 (confirmation pending): Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
24 January 2015 (confirmation pending): Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
31 January 2015 (confirmation pending): Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
03 February 2015: Setsubun Festival (celebrating Spring in Japan’s ancient calendar) at Kanda shrine.
08 February 2015: Martial arts tournament (Kobudo, ancient martial arts) at Nippon-Budokan.
11 February 2015: Festival for Foundation Day (the foundation of Japan) at Yasukuni shrine.
21 February 2015: Martial art tournament (Tankendo, with an armour and short bamboo sword) at Nippon-Budokan.
28 February 2015 (confirmation pending): Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
08-22 March 2015: Sumo tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (Bodymaker Colosseum) in Osaka.
May 2015 (confirmation pending): 53rd All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan (near Kudanshita station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Free event!
All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo) in May 2012.
10-24 May 2015: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
June 2015: 53rd All Self-Defense Forces Karate-do Championships at Nippon-budokan (near Kudanshita station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Free event!
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.
June 2015: 57th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament at Nippon-budokan (near Kudanshita station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Free event with armours and bamboo swords!
June 2015: 37th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament at Nippon-budokan (near Kudanshita station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Free event with armours and bamboo swords for kendo or wooden replicas of rifles for jukendo!
June 2015: Hotaru no Yube (Fireflies’ evening) in Hachioji. (details in Japanese)
June 2015: Asean Festival at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)
June 2015: Fussa Firefly Festival 2015 at Tamagawa Josui in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)
June 2015: 45th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at Nippon-budokan (near Kudanshita station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Free event with bows and arrows!
June 2015: Firefly Night in Hachioji in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)
June 2015: Firefly Watching at Shibuya Fureai Botanical Centre in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)
June 2015: Oedo Antique Market at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)
June 2015: Heisei 27th Year All Japan Student Judo Championship (men: 64th, women: 24th) at Nippon-budokan (near Kudanshita station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Entrance fee of 1.000 yens.
June 2014: 2014 World Cup Public Viewing (Japan vs. Ivory Coast soccer game) at Tokyo Dome near Suidobashi station in Tokyo city. (details in Japanese)
June 2014: Sake Tasting Event: Nomikiri 2014 at Syuzou Kaikan in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)

June – July 2015: Enjoying Edo – Edo Food Culture along the Sumida river in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)

June – July 2015: Firefly Evening at Chinzanso in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)

June – July 2015: Yomiuri Land Firefly Evening at Yomiuri Land in Tokyo. (details in Japanese)

July & August 2015: Official climbing season for Mount Fuji.

12-26 July 2015: Sumo tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya.
13-27 September 2015: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
08-22 November 2015: Sumo tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Fukuoka city.

23 December 2015: Shinto ceremony for the Emperor’s birthday at Yasukuni shrine.

December 2015: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2015 at Kanda shrine.

31 December 2015: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2015 at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.

2016 in Japan (events to be confirmed)

10-24 January 2016: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
13-27 March 2016: Sumo tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (Bodymaker Colosseum) in Osaka.
08-22 May 2016: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
10-24 July 2016: Sumo tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya.
11 August 2016: New public holiday in Japan: “Mountain Day”!
11-25 September 2016: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
13-27 November 2016: Sumo tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Fukuoka.

2017 in Japan (events to be confirmed)

January 2017: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
March 2017: Sumo tournament at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (Bodymaker Colosseum) in Osaka.
May 2017: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
July 2017: Sumo tournament at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya.
September 2017: Sumo tournament at the Kokugikan in Tokyo.
November 2017: Sumo tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Fukuoka.