10 Best Events in Tokyo in May 2023

List of Seasonal Events in Tokyo in May

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May in Tokyo is the end of spring, from cherry blossom season to the beginning of early summer with great pleasant weather. While the cherry blossoms in Tokyo finished their peak season last month, you can still enjoy viewing other beautiful and popular flowers in Tokyo this May including Wisteria.

This is also the perfect time to visit and explore Tokyo because of the good weather and because many outdoor activities are held in various places in Tokyo. In addition to this, many events and traditional festivals are held in May. Travel-wise, this is one of the busiest months in Japan, especially in Tokyo because of Golden Week which is known as Japan’s longest holiday.

Golden Week is held between the end of April and the beginning of May where four national holidays are held in one week which is one reason why Golden Week is called Japan’s longest holiday. During this period, some hotels and tour agencies will be offering special deals.

In this article, I would like to share with you the events held in the cities of Tokyo in May 2023. The events provide a unique experience for visitors in the cities of Tokyo by blending traditional Japanese culture and modern entertainment.

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1. Golden Week

Golden Week is the longest holiday in Japan containing four national holidays within seven days between the end of April and the beginning of May.

Showa Day – This is the first holiday of the Golden Week which is held every 29th of April to honor the birthday of Emperor Showa.

Constitution Memorial Day – Another national holiday on Golden Week held on the 3rd of May in celebration of the ratification of the 1947 Constitution of Japan.

Greenery Day – This is a national holiday on Golden Week held on the 4th of May to celebrate nature and give thanks by visiting parks, gardens, and other greenery places.

Children’s Day – is one of the national holidays in Japan and the last holiday of the Golden Week held every 5th of May. A special day for children to celebrate their happiness and spent time together with their parents.

For more information about Golden Week, check out the following article!

2. Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament (Introduce Sumo Tournament Tour)

Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament
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Sumo (相撲) was originated in Japan; it’s a Japanese style of wrestling and considered Japan’s National Sport. Japan is the only country where it is practiced professionally and even at the present time, the Sumo sport has ritual elements included such as the use of salt purification from Shinto.

This May, there will be a Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament held in Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Arena from May 14 to 28, 2023.

Genre: Sumo Tournament
Location: Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Arena
Dates: May 14 to 28, 2023
Website: https://www.sumo.or.jp//En/

3. Sanja Matsuri

Sensoji TempleSanja Matsuri (三社祭) or Sanja Festival is considered as one of the three great Shinto and the largest festival in Tokyo. This grand festival is held at Asakusa Shrine every third weekend of May for three days.

Genre: Festival
Location: Asakusa Shrine
Dates: May 19 to 21, 2023
Website: https://www.asakusajinja.jp/english/

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4. Kanda Matsuri

Kanda shrineKanda Matsuri (神田祭) is one of Tokyo’s most famous festivals and is held to celebrate the famous victory of Shogun Tokugawa Leyasu in the battle of Sekigahara.

Genre: Festival
Location: Kanda Myojin Shrine
Dates: May 11 to 17, 2023
Website: https://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/

5. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival

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Wisteria Festival in Kameido Tenjin Shrine is one of the traditional events that have existed since ancient times. Wisteria is one of the well-known flowers in the spring season apart from the cherry blossom. The festival is held from mid-April to early May, and this year it will be held from April 15 to May 5, 2023.

Genre: Flower Festival
Location: Koto Ward, Tokyo, Kameido Tenjin Shrine
Dates: April 15 to May 5, 2023
Website: http://kameidotenjin.or.jp/events/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

6. Showa Memorial Park Flower Festival

Showa Memorial Park

Showa Park in Tachikawa is the biggest flower park in Tokyo. Every spring, this flower festival takes place where many types of spring flowers can be seen here apart from the famous cherry blossom which is a sign of spring in Japan. You can also see other flowers such as tulips with different colors, sizes, and shapes as well as nanohana (canola flower), nemophila, poppies, and many more.

Genre: Flower Festival
Location: Showa Memorial Park
Dates: March 18 to May 28, 2023
Website: https://www.showakinen-koen.jp/event/16060/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

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7. Niku Fes 2023 The Carnival Tokyo

Niku Fes 2023
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The 2023 Niku Fes will be held in Odaiba, Tokyo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “The Meat Festival”. Food entertainment offers various kinds of meat dishes such as branded beef.

Genre: Meat Festival
Location: Odaiba Special Venue P Section, Odaiba Aomi District
Dates: April 28 to May 7, 2023
Website: https://www.nikufes.jp/2023/

8. Odaiba Oktoberfest 2023 -SPRING-

Odaiba Oktoberfest 2023 -SPRING-
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Oktoberfest is a large beer festival that originated in Germany and is now celebrated in various countries. Now in Japan, an Oktoberfest event will be held in Odaiba from April 28 to May 7. The festival is not only about drinking beer, there are also various foods and performances, and dancing.

Genre: Food & Drink Event
Location: Central Square of Symbol Promenade Park
Dates: April 28 to May 7, 2023
Website: https://www.oktober-fest.jp/odaiba_spring/

9. Roppongi Art Night 2023

Roppongi Art Night 2023
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The event is held in celebration of local and international talent and projects. Various exhibitions, artists, performers, writers, etc. will participate. The event allows the applicants to show their unique talent.

Genre: Art Event
Location: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
Dates: May 27 to 28, 2023
Website: https://www.roppongiartnight.com/2023/english/opencall.html

10. Pikachu Afternoon Tea

Pikachu Afternoon Tea
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Pikachu afternoon tea is the new theme for String Omotesando’s afternoon tea (from this spring to the summer season). The event period will be from April 24 to July 3, 2023.

Genre: Event
Location: Strings Hotel, Ometesando
Dates: April 24 to July 3, 2023
Website: https://www.strings-hotel.jp/omotesando/en/

For more information about this event, check out the following article!

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