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Tokyo in January 2015: Events in Bunkyo & Chiyoda wards

For happy holidays in Tokyo in January 2015, we recommend 7 Japanese events in Bunkyo and Chiyoda wards:

  • 01 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.
  • 01-07 January 2015: Ultraman superhero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
  • 02 January 2015: Shinto ceremony for New Year at Yasukuni shrine.
  • 05 January 2015: “Kakizome” at Nippon-Budokan (first calligraphy of the year).
  • 09-18 January 2015: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo at Tokyo Dome with dances, music, floats, food stands, a shopping area, etc.
  • 10-12 January 2015: Daikoku Festival at Kanda shrine (Daikoku is one of the 7 lucky gods).
  • 12 January 2015: New Year ceremony at Nippon-Budokan.

Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan).

Tour Tokyo for a day including one of these events with a Yes in Japan conductor/guide!

Impressions: Wonderful dances at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

No doubt, the annual Furusato-matsuri Tokyo held at Tokyo Dome is wonderful to see dances in Japan whether you are a Japanese resident or foreign tourist. No need to speak Japanese, children welcome, cheap tickets (1.000-1.500 yens). If you enjoy Japanese festivals, attend the event this week (end on Sunday) or free time for it in January 2015!

Yesterday, our travel agent Sébastien was charmed by the traditional dances, gorgeous costumes, characteristic songs, numerous drums… The large main stage allowed big groups of Japanese dancers and drummers to perform!

Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014 inside Tokyo Dome

Japanese dancers at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

Japanese drummers at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

Crowds gathered to admire the holy Iwami-kagura; this most exciting dance from Shimane prefecture involves a warrior fighting giant snakes/dragons. Do not miss a chance to see that dance from the front row because most movements are at ground level! After the performances, the visitors could touch the costumes, get photographed with the dancers and musicians, play Japanese drums, dance with professionals…

Snakes/dragons of Iwami-kagura at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

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

Besides, Sébastien tasted (for free) many delicious regional foods, green tea, plum liqueur… and discovered high-quality regional products such as sandals of snake skin (interesting to touch), tea pots of many shapes, decorated chopsticks, fabrics used to make toys… Surrounded by fantastic mascots and Japanese girls in uniform promoting different areas of Japan, he could not resist buying a (tee-shirt) souvenir :)

Sandals of snake skin at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

To finish, a giant float from Chichibu prefecture in front of which many people got a souvenir photo:

Float from Chichibu prefecture at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014

For practical information, you can read our previous article “Japanese festivals: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo (10-19 January 2014)”.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Furusato-matsuri Tokyo = ふるさと祭り東京, Japanese festival = 祭り (matsuri).
  • Tokyo Dome = 東京ドーム (Tokyo domu).
  • Iwami-kagura = 石見神楽, Shimane prefecture = 島根県 (Shimane-ken).
  • Chichibu prefecture = 秩父県 (Chichibu-ken).

Japanese festivals: Furusato-matsuri Tokyo (10-19 January 2014)

Event: 6th Furusato-matsuri Tokyo
Date: 10-19 January 2014
Location: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
Ticket price: 1.500 yens (week-end or public holiday), 1.200 yens (weekday), 1.000 yens (evening).

Closest hotel: Tokyo Dome Hotel.
Closest stations: Kasuga (Toei Mita line or Toei Oedo line), Korakuen (Marunouchi line or Namboku line), Suidobashi (JR Chuo Main line or Toei Mita line).

The annual event Furusato-matsuri Tokyo is the occasion to see beautiful Japanese traditional costumes and dances, hear traditional songs and music (Japanese drums, flutes…), smell and savour great Japanese food, touch diverse products and buy uncommon souvenirs. You can see an impressive float and performances of diverse regional Japanese festivals!

Normally used for baseball games and concerts, Tokyo Dome provides much space for shops and booths. Plan at least 3 hours on site and favour weekdays to avoid big crowds. Everything is in Japanese but that is not a problem for foreign tourists :)

If you are a tourism professional on business trip, you can get travel news, try regional food from all over Japan, meet shopkeepers and exchange business cards. Our travel agency being near Tokyo Dome, one of our travel agents will definitely attend this cool event!

You too, have fun at Furusato-matsuri Tokyo 2014!

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Furusato-matsuri Tokyo = ふるさと祭り東京, Japanese festival = 祭り (matsuri).
  • Tokyo Dome = 東京ドーム (Tokyo domu).
  • Tokyo = 東京, Kasuga station = 春日駅 (Kasuga-eki), Korakuen station = 後楽園駅 (Korakuen-eki), Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki).