May
The best things to do in Japan in May! Our guide to the special events, Japanese festivals (matsuri), and seasonal foods offered at popular restaurants all over Japan. Main Events are Ashikaga Flower Park's wisteria blooms, the Sanja matsuri, and the Kanda matsuri
Events in May 2019

Mango Boba! Mango Tango! Mango Fair at Monsoon Cafe! (Summer 2019)

This summer, Monsoon Cafe (locations around Tokyo) is having a "Summer Mango Fair," featuring four new mango and coconut-themed deserts! We headed to the Omotesando location to check it out for ourselves. Mango lovers, don't miss this!

Tokyo
Past May Events

WINE VS. SAKE! All-You-Can-Drink Buffet for ¥1,000 (Through June)

Japan's first-ever share kitchen restaurant, re:Dine Ginza, is offering an all-you-can-drink wine or sake buffet that normally costs ¥ 2,800 for just ¥ 1,000, in exchange for a follow on SNS. Previously, only the wine buffet was offered, but a sake buffet has been added for the new promotion!

Ginza

New Starbucks Promotion Imagines Retro Japanese Coffee Houses

For the beginning of the summer 2019 season, Starbucks Japan is launching a new promotion that aims to recreate a nostalgic Japanese coffee house feeling. 20 stores throughout the country will feature a retro sign, and special food and beverage items will be available at all locations!

Matcha Lovers: Head to Daimaru Tokyo!

Until the end of May, the Daimaru department store's Tokyo location is presenting a 'Green Sweets Fair' that features more than 30 matcha-infused sweets items at various vendors within the store. Matcha lovers can enjoy a wide range of beautiful delicacies, including some special seasonal items!

Tokyo Station

Kyoto Gourmet Festival "Mirai Matsuri Food Fest" Happening This Month!

Part of the 'Kyoto Mirai Matsuri,' festival running since the end of last month, a gourmet event called 'Mirai Matsuri Food Festival' featuring restaurants from around Kyoto will start on Sunday, May 12th in Kyoto's Minami-za theater. Be sure to check it out before the end of the event!

Kyoto City

Kamogawa Odori: A Rare Chance To See Real Geishas Performing A Traditional Play

Kamogawa Odori is a sure sign that spring has arrived in Kyoto. It is one of the major Geisha Odori (traditional dance) event of the old capital. If you are in Kyoto in May, consider attending the Kamogawa Odori to get a rare glimpse of true geisha dance performances.

Kyoto City

Tokyo's Sanja Matsuri 2019: Shinto Floats, Geishas and Yakuzas!

One of Tokyo's most interesting traditional festival has to be the Sanja Matsuri. It is held annually in May on the grounds of the Sensoji Temple. You'll see beautiful ornated floats, geishas, and even shirtless yakuza!

Asakusa

Enjoy the Chill Vibes of Okinawa Matsuri 2019

In May, Tokyo will host the Okinawa Matsuri, a festival celebrating the food, music, and art from Okinawa. Come get the good vibes!

Japan's First 'Facebook Cafe' pop-up to Open For 3 Days in Harajuku!

Facebook Japan will be celebrating 11 years in Japan by hosting a pop-up cafe in Harajuku for just 3 days. The Cafe will serve Facebook-themed sweets from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19th.

Harajuku

Kanda Matsuri: How To Party Edo Style!

Kando Matsuri is one of the great three shrine festivals in Japan dating back to the samurai era. If you are in Japan in May, this is a must-go event!

Aoi Matsuri: Stunning Festival Of Kyoto From The Heian Era!

If you love the traditional, ancient side of Japan, you will love this festival of the former capital Kyoto!

Kyoto City

Join the Hataka Dontaku Festival in Fukuoka

Hataka Dontaku is one of the most traditional festivals in Japan, being celebrated for over 800 years. Every year, during Golden Week, it gathers nearly 2 million people in Fukuoka.

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