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Nihombashi-Kyobashi Festival

Just in case you missed the summer festivals.

  • Late October 2019
Each year since the original festivities to commemorate the completion of the Nihonbashi Highway in 1972, thousands of performers and spectators fill up the streets of this distinct Tokyo district in late October for the occasion.

The highway is the central point of the highlight of the Nihombashi-Kyobashi Festival: the boisterous Oedo Kakki Parade. The Nihonbashi Highway is more than just a road — it is the first of the five main highways connecting Edo (the old name for Tokyo) with other feudal lords’ provinces, starting with the historic Nihonbashi bridge.

For the festival, one of the main streets of Tokyo — Chuo-dori street — is blocked from Kyobashi station to Mitsukoshi-mae station. Following the grand opening performance by local official organizations like the police and fire defense agency, around 2,000 dancers and performers from different Japanese prefectures take over the streets to showcase regional cultural treasures.

Photo by: Joshua Meyer Kirin statues on Nihonbashi Bridge.

Not only will you see traditional dances from Gunma, Tokushima, Miyagi, Nagasaki, Yamagata prefectures — to name a few — but also taiko drum performances all the way from Okinawa. Be ready to discover each prefecture’s unique costumes and props.

Street markets and kimonos

Of course, no festival is complete without street food. This one has more than 60 street food stalls, with classic Japanese festival food.

Nihonbashi

Make sure to stop by Nishikawagishi Street right next to Nihonbashi station between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a taste of unique specialty items from around Japan, as well as a taste of the bustling market vibe from the Edo Period. You may also stumble upon other markets selling handmade jewelry and accessories near Coredo Muromachi shopping complex.

Throughout the morning and afternoon of the festival, you can also find points along Chuo-dori Street where performances are stationed and workshops such as rugby and dances are open to public participation.

To fully immerse in the traditional atmosphere, though, get professionally dressed up in a kimono at nearby kimono rental shops such as Vasara — it will be worth it.

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Trivia

Nihonbashi

Visit the historic heart of Edo-Tokyo, home to Japan’s oldest department store, the famous bridge with the country’s Kilometer Zero point, and much more.

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How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒103-0027 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashi, 1 Chome−3, 日本橋(バス)

By train

The parade takes place right outside Kyobashi, Nihonbashi and Mitsukoshi-mae stations. All three stations can be reached by Ginza line, while Nihonbashi station is also serviced by the Asakusa line, and Mitsukoshi-mae station with Hanzomon line.

(Parade map route area.)

Where To Stay

Pearl Hotel Yaesu
  • Yaesu 1-2-6 Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 103-0028
  • 7.5/10
  • 0.2 km
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Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo
  • Yaesu 1-3-22 Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 103-0028
  • 9/10
  • 0.3 km
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Tokyo Ekimae BAY HOTEL
  • Nihombashi 3-8-13 Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 103-0027
  • 8.5/10
  • 0.3 km
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karaksa hotel Tokyo Station
  • Yaesu 1-105-14 Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 103-0028
  • 0.3 km
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