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Winter festivals in Tokyo

Welcome the season at these quirky celebrations in and around Tokyo

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Although summer and autumn are when most of Tokyo’s major festivals take place, there’s still more than enough matsuri action going on between December and March. While Setsubun on February 3 is the most important festival during this time, you’ll find a nice lineup of other, quirkier celebrations both in and around the capital.

Winter festival highlights

Hinamatsuri

The tradition of Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day dates back to Heian era (794-1185) Kyoto. It sees elaborate dolls representing the imperial family and court nobles displayed on multi-tiered platforms in homes, at shrines and other public places across Japan. Some of the most spectacular set-ups in Tokyo can be found at the Meguro Gajoen wedding complex and the Mitsui Museum in Nihonbashi. The festival takes place on March 3 every year.

See the bright lights of winter

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