Takao Wakaba Festival

The Takao Wakaba Festival is a celebration of spring held at Mount Takao, located in Hachioji, Tokyo. This festival is centered around the theme of “wakaba,” which means “young leaves” in Japanese, symbolizing the new growth and rejuvenation of spring.

Mount Takao is a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers, offering scenic views, rich biodiversity, and cultural sites like the Yakuoin Temple.

Taking place in mid April to late May, the festival celebrates the season when the mountain is lush with fresh green foliage. It’s a time when visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature, along with traditional events and performances. The festival includes rituals to pray for good health and fortune, taiko drum performances, and other traditional Japanese arts and crafts. Food stalls and local vendors also participate, offering a taste of local cuisine and seasonal specialties.