We have added more guides/maps such as Nishi-Ogikubo’s antique District, Koenji’s Nightlife, and a general guide to the Suginami Area, so be sure to check our Maps & Info page, where you can view or download the PDF’s.
It’s the holiday season, and in Japan many people go to a Buddhist Temple on New Year’s Eve for “Joya no Kane” (Ringing of the temple bell for a purified New Year) and after the new year begins, most people go to Shinto Shrines for “Hatsumode” to pray for a prosperous New Year. Suginami, Tokyo has great Temple options for New Year’s Eve and Shrine options for New Year’s, so be sure to check our Temples and Shrines page! Before you go to Shrines to pray for the New Year, you may also want to check our handy manga guide, How to Pray at Shrines.
The Fall Season in Suginami, Tokyo brings many exciting events starting the end of October with Asagaya Jazz Streets and Koenji Fest over the same weekend. The following weekend in November is Suginami Festa, followed by Ogikibo’s Classical Music Festival that flows into the next weekend. Mid-November you can enjoy a night (or 2 or 3) of bar-hopping in the Nomiya-san Festival, or enjoy outdoor art on display at Zenpukuji Park throughout the month with the Trolls in the Park event.
It’s August, the hottest and most humid month in Japan, but that doesn’t stop people from throwing the best traditional festivals of the year. Here in Suginami we have the Asagaya Tanabata Festival August 3-7, with the Bata Art Exhibition in conjunction with it August 3-11, and one of the most famous summer festivals in all of Tokyo, the Koenji Awa-Odori Festival August 24 & 25.