Asakusabashi Chestnut Festival

Enjoy a community festival with local food and parades

Venue: Asakusabashi When: Mid May 2022
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The Asakusabashi Kohaku Marronnier Matsuri (Red and White Chestnut Festival) is a local community festival held annually in the middle of May each year where locals of all ages come out to celebrate what is great about the local neighbourhood. There are lots of performances throughout the festival, food stalls selling typical festival food like karaage and yakisoba, a parade and even a market with local shop owners that is supposed to represent a miniature Asakusabashi.

It is a nice, community festival to visit that is uncrowded but has lots going on especially if you arrive at 10am like we did for a chance to see the opening ceremony. Watch the video below to get an idea of the lively festival.

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Kylie Plester

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Currently in Japan on a Working Holiday Visa and absolutely loving it. Keen to help other people with travelling Japan.

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Kim 4 months ago
Always love the mascots that pop up at festivals like these!
Elena Lisina 4 months ago
I've watched similar Kagurazaka Matsuri and it was so bright and cheerful! I enjoyed it a lot!
Justin Velgus 5 years ago
It is not always the big, but the small local festivals, which are a real treat!
Kylie Plester Author 5 years ago
Especially when we walked from the Sanja Matsuri where we were getting crushed into the roller doors along Nakamise-dori, to this festival where there would've been more people participating in the festival then watching it.