Festivals & Events
One of the highlights of November in Tokyo is the Torinoichi Fair, a vibrant celebration that dates back hundreds of years. Its hallmarks are the dazzlingly decorated kumade rakes and hand clapping ceremonies.
The fair is easily accessible by train.
Juzaisan Chokoku-ji temple, where it's held, is within walking distance of Asakusa, Minowa, and Iriya Stations.
The temple is an 8-minute walk from Iriya Station or about 20 minutes from Asakusa Station.
Torinoichi Fair is held at Juzaisan Chokoku-ji temple, which is also known as Otorisama by locals. Every November, thousands come to pray for good business in the upcoming year and to buy kumade, lavishly decorated rake-shaped good luck charms.
Come and enjoy exploring the stalls filled with hundreds of these rakes, and pay particular attention to the hand clapping ceremonies after each sale. After exploring the rake market, go and try delicious snacks at the myriad of food stalls that take over the streets behind the temple.
True to its ancient roots, the festival is set by the old Japanese zodiac-based calendar and is only held on 'days of the rooster' in November. Days of the rooster occur every 12 days throughout the month, so there may be two or three festival days depending on the year. Be sure to check the exact dates if you want to catch this fair in action.