Japanfest Munich 2024

The traditional Japan Festival in Munich takes place once a year, on the third Sunday in July.

The 27th Japanfest Munich will take place on 21.7.2024

The Japan Festival is being held in the English Garden for the 27th time. If you want to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and craftsmanship, head to the Japanese teahouse Kanshoan, just behind the Haus der Kunst. The festival takes place behind the Haus der Kunst.

This year there will also be a cosplay competition with lots of attractive prizes. Cosplay is a fan practice that originated in Japan and came to the USA and Europe in the 1990s with the manga and anime boom.

In cosplay, the participant portrays a character from a manga, anime, film, video game or other media through a costume and behavior that is as true to the original as possible.

Japanese women in traditional kimono look - Japanfest Englischer Garten Munich
Japanese women in the traditional kimono look

Here are the most important key data:

  • When: on Sunday, 21.7.2024
  • The festival starts at 11:00 am, the official program and the demonstrations start at 12:00 pm
  • Expected end is around 18:00
  • Admission is free.
  • Where: the venue is behind the Haus der Kunst

A celebration for international understanding

The popular festival is organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Munich, the Japan Club Munich and the German-Japanese Society (DJG).

Japanfest Munich Opening Speech Consul General Munich
Opening speech by the Japanese Consul General

The aim of the Japan Festival is to bring the culture, language and customs closer to the people of Munich. That’s why many clubs give an insight into what they can do. All the organizers involved and the many helpers do this on a voluntary basis.

The Japan Festival is organized by the German-Japanese Society in Bavaria e.V., the Japanese Consulate General Munich and the Japan Club Munich e.V. The event is supported by the City of Munich.


And because the whole thing is, as always, a joint German-Japanese friendship festival, you can also take part in many of the activities to your heart’s content.

The stage highlights:

  • Dance performance by the Japanese International School Munich e.V.
  • Children’s game (dances) of the Japanese Institute in Munich e.V.
  • Choir performance by the German-Japanese Women’s Choir Munich
  • Theater performance of the Maximiliansgymnasium Munich
  • Pop concert by singer-songwriter Miyu Hidaka
  • Chigusa Sakon and Shingo Horie give an insight into the traditional Japanese bon dance – participation encouraged
  • Choir performance by the Munich Animanga Choir
  • Concert by soprano Keiko Obai with pianist Hiroko Utsumi
  • Cosplay competition from Animexx with lots of attractive prizes

On the grounds you will find Japanese ceramics, ikebana, shoji carpentry, Japanese games to take part in, Japanese archery, Japanese dance and much more.

Program schedule Japanfest Munich

12.00 – 12.20: Start of the official opening ceremony

  • Welcome and greeting speech by Consul General Kenichi Bessho of the Japanese Consulate General Munich
  • Welcome speech of the City of Munich by Mr. Beppo Brem
  • Welcome speech by President Dr. Oliver Schön of the German-Japanese Society in Bavaria e.V.
  • Welcome speech by Mr. Ikkei Kinouchi, President of the Japan Club Munich e.V.

12:20 – 12:40 Dance performance: Japanese International School e.V.

12:40 – 13:00 Children’s game (dances): Japanese Institute in Munich e.V.

13:00 – 13:20 Theater performance Gekidan Mori

13:20 – 13:40 German-Japanese Choir Munich (members of the Japan Club Munich and the German-Japanese Society in Bavaria)

13:40 – 14:00 Theater performance in Japanese Maximiliansgymnasium Munich

14:00 – 14:30 Pop concert: Miyu & Jay

14:30 – 15:00 Shamisen performance Shinroku powered by GoodRaht GmbH

15:00 – 15:30 Drum performance Raiko

15:30 – 16:00 Bon dance Sakon Chigusa & Horie Shingo

16:00 – 16:30 Band performance SASEBO

16:30 – 17:00 City Pop, City Pop performance Nilo

17:00 – 18:05 Cosplay competition* Animexx feat. Kumi Tanaka (calligraphy demonstration)

18:00 – 18:30 Bon dance to join in Sakon Chigusa & Horie Shingo

You can find the exact location of the stands in the Goolge Maps overview. Current information can be found on the DJG Munich website.

The various clubs will show off their skills on the event stage.

Dance performance by the Japanese International School Munich
Dance performance by the Japanese International School Munich

Get a taste of the traditional Japan Festival in Munich’s English Garden

Origami handicrafts at the Japanese festival
Origami handicrafts at the Japanese festival
Karuta game at the Japanese festival
Karuta game at the Japanese festival

The 30 or so stands showcase Japanese cultural assets and products. Bonsais, kendo, ikebana and much more delight many visitors and delicious delicacies tickle open-minded palates. Different stages with a changing program and a hands-on offer will delight all generations. The varied events offer something for every taste.

Bon dance to join in

Bon dance performance
Bon dance performance

The bon dance is particularly popular. It is a traditional Japanese dance and there is a hands-on introduction for the audience before the performance. Take the plunge, because it’s fun to try out new things! To the delight of all guests, visitors also come dressed in traditional Japanese costumes.

Sushi during the Japanfest
Sushi during the Japanfest

Traditional martial arts and games at the Japanfest Munich

Other dances are also performed, martial arts are shown and Kokuryo drummers perform. Go and shogi are also played and various clubs and schools present cultural themes.

Karate demonstration at the Japanese Festival
Karate demonstration at the Japanese Festival
Kendo demonstration
Kendo demonstration
Archery at the Japanese festival
Traditional archery at the Japanese festival

In the pictures above you can see the demonstrations of various associations associated with Japanese culture. This includes archery, karate or traditional fighting with a stick, staff or sword. If you were inspired by the Japanfest Munich and would like to learn archery, take a look at Kyudo Isar-Doje e.V. over. You can learn karate at the Kyokushin Karate School, for example. You can learn kendo at the kendo school in Munich, the largest club in Bavaria with over 100 members.

Manga and anime

Manga and anime fans will also get their money’s worth – Animexx e.V. also has a stand. Look forward to a relaxed afternoon with Japanese culture, sport, music, dance and culinary delights.

Anime and Manage
Japanfest Munich Anime

Cosplay competition at the Japanfest Munich

Are you wearing a costume at the Japanfest Munich and want to present yourself on stage?

Then come to the cosplay competition at the Japanfest Munich presented by Animexx e.V. and the team of the German Cosplay Championship!

To register, please send an e-mail to CosplayWettbewerb@animexx.de by 15.07 and tell us your name, which costume from which series/movie you are making! ”

Please observe the German Weapons Act for cosplay weapons.

Tip: the Kocherlball 2024 takes place on the same day. However, it starts at 06.00 am.

Nearby: Japanese teahouse Kanshoan, Haus der Kunst, Chinescher Turm, Fräulein Grüneis, Eisbachwelle Munich