Recommended for sightseeing in Tokyo in May! Introducing events and scenery unique to this time of year!

If you are going to go sightseeing, you may want to incorporate into your itinerary things that can only be seen or experienced during that time of the year. In this issue, we will introduce the conditions, events, and recommended spots in May in Tokyo for those who are interested in such things.

*The events introduced here are subject to cancellation, so please check the official website before heading out.

To learn more about Tokyo in spring, check here!


About Tokyo in May

In front of Tokyo Station during the season of fresh greenery


Temperatures in Tokyo in May are mild and comfortable during the daytime and can feel a bit chilly at night. Average maximum temperatures range from about 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, and minimum temperatures range from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. Although there is relatively little precipitation and most days are sunny, it is a good idea to bring a light jacket or cardigan in case of changeable weather.


May is a time when many traditional Japanese events and festivals take place. Especially during Golden Week (a long holiday weekend from the end of April to the beginning of May), various festivals, outdoor events, and concerts are held, providing a lively atmosphere.


May is one of the best times to visit Tokyo. The mild climate makes it ideal for sightseeing in the city and for day trips in the suburbs. Parks such as Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden offer beautiful fresh greenery, perfect for strolls and picnics.


In Tokyo in May, fashion is recommended to cope with the temperature difference between day and night. In the daytime, a T-shirt or blouse and a light cardigan or jacket is recommended. It is also helpful to bring a scarf or light scarf, as it can feel a bit chilly at night and in the mornings and evenings.

Typical festivals and events in Tokyo

Sanja Festival in Asakusa (in front of Kaminarimon of Sensoji Temple)

May in Japan is a very pleasant time of year, and many events are held. Especially in the beginning of the month, many food festivals and children’s events are held in various locations as it falls during the long vacation period in Japan. In this issue, we will introduce three of the biggest events that take place almost every year.

Sanja Festival(Sanja Matsuri )

The Sanja Festival held at Asakusa Shrine is one of the most popular festivals in Japan, attracting approximately 1.8 million people. It is said to be the most lively festival of the year in Asakusa, a downtown area that still retains an Edo-style atmosphere. The festival is held on the third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of May every year. 

The highlight of the Sanja Festival held at Asakusa Shrine is the parade of portable shrines on the second and third days of the festival. 100 portable shrines are brought out from the towns around Asakusa Shrine on the second day and head for Asakusa Shrine. 3 large portable shrines depart from Asakusa Shrine on the third day and go around each town.

Kachiya Festival

Kachiya Festival is an annual festival held on May 5 at Katori-jinja Shrine in Kameido. A parade of warriors in a Japanese armor and helmet, battle surcoat (formal kimono), and kamishimo (ceremonial samurai costume) parades about 2 km.

Roppongi Art Night

Roppongi Art Night is a one-night art festival that has been held in the town of Roppongi since 2009. A wide variety of contemporary art, design, music, video, and performance works are scattered throughout the town, creating an extraordinary experience.

The dates and details change each year, so if you are visiting Tokyo in May, be sure to check the dates and times of the events.

The season is in full swing! Spring Flower Spots

Showa Kinen Park, Scenery of Shirley poppys

May is the height of spring and the season of flowers. There are many spots in Tokyo where you can enjoy beautiful flower scenery, and events are held according to the season.

Showa Kinen Park “Flower Festival”

The Flower Festival at the Showa Kinen Park is usually held from late March to late May. Cherry blossoms, tulips, Shirley poppys, and other flowers come into bloom in sequence, and visitors can enjoy a relay of spring flowers.

In May, the bouquet garden, nemophila and poppies are at their best. Picking experiences may also be offered.

Jindai Botanical Gardens “Spring Rose Festa”

The Jindai Botanical Gardens in Chofu City is famous for its rose garden, where a rose festival is held in conjunction with the spring rose blooming season. The rose garden, which was awarded the World Federation of Rose Societies’ Outstanding Garden Award, has approximately 400 varieties and 5,200 rose plants, and visitors can see some of the most precious rose varieties. During the Rose Festa, many spectacular events such as morning tours and concerts will be held to highlight the viewing season.

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens “Spring Rose Festival”

The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens is an attractive harmony of a Western-style garden and a Japanese garden. About 200 roses of about 100 varieties are in full bloom. The “Spring Rose Festival” is held in conjunction with the best time to see the spring roses, and includes a “Spring Rose Concert” and a “Spring Rose Popularity Contest”.

For those who want to know more about Tokyo 

Let's share this post!