3 Places to See the Colorful Koinobori in Tokyo

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Koinobori are carp-shaped wind socks flown outside of homes to wish children's healthy growth on Children's Day(May 5) in Japan.

In the first week of May, many Children's Day-related events will be held throughout Japan. As part of that, dozens of colorful koinobori will be flown in the sky.

In Tokyo, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Midtown, and Tokyo Sky Tree are the top 3 easily accessible tourist spots that hold koinobori festival. Enjoy the photogenic sight where colorful carps flutter in the wind.

1. Tokyo Tower

The front gate of 333m-high Tokyo Tower is decorated with 333 koinobori.

Among them is one 6m Sanma Nobori (pacific saury) that looks different from the rest. It is the koinobori for Ofunato city in Iwate Prefecture, the friendship city of Tokyo Tower, in the hope of their recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.


April 5 - May 7.
*Night light up from 5pm-11pm.


Tokyo Tower 港区芝公園4丁目2−8
4-2-8, Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo

2. Tokyo Midtown

For Tokyo Midtown's event "Design Koinobori," Midtown Garden is decorated with 100 untraditional koinobori. This year, those koinobori were designed by artists from five different countries; Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, and Bolivia.

Another attraction of this event is "Koinobori Kuguri," which is a koinobori-shaped tunnel people can walk through. It is a 25m-long, 2.5m-high, huge koinobori! 


Design Koinobori: April 21 - May 7.
Koinobori Kuguri: May 3 - May 7, 11am-5pm.
*Cancelled in the event of stormy weather.


Midtown Garden in Tokyo Midtown
9-7-1, Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo

3. Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree's first "koinobori Festival" has been held at Tokyo Sky Tree Town.

Total 634 koinobori are exhibited including large-size koinobori made in Kazo city in Saitama Prefecture, which is one of the top koinobori producing cities in Japan, as well as Sky Tree's original koinobori with different national flags from all over the world.


April 14 - May 7.


Tokyo Sky Tree Town in Tokyo Sky Tree
1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Event dates: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 ~ Sunday, May 7, 2017


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