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tickets to certain events around ¥2000
Near JR Koenji Station


Comedy Stages Everywhere! English Events Included!

“Support young comedians through the whole city. Laugh and be happy.” It is the concept of Koenji Engei Festival. The stage of traditional comedies will shift from the theater to every place in Koenji, such as sento (public bath), izakaya (Japanese style pub), yakitori-ya (grilled chicken restaurant), as well as temples and shrines for the duration of the festival. Experience the world of Rakugo (traditional Japanese sit-down storytelling and comedy) at Koenji Engei Festival!
Various locations and performances take place near Koenji Station from for 10 days in February.

English Language Shows

Thanks to the organization Rakugo Without Borders, traditional Japanese Rakugo comedy shows, which until now have been almost exclusive to those fluent in Japanese language, are now available to foreigners in Japan (soon in Europe) via subtitles. These one-hour shows offer the usual old stories that have been passed down through generations and present them translated into English so that visitors to Japan can enjoy this unique and entertaining art form. If you can catch an act in cooperation with Rakugo Without Borders at the annual Koenji Engei Matsuri, it is the perfect opportunity to get an intimate and comprehensible look at one of Japan’s most cherished traditional art forms, even if lesser-known internationally.

Koenji Engei Festival is usually held all around Koenji for 10 days in early-mid February.


[updated February 2018]