Hachioji Ginkgo Festival
This year Hachioji scales back its annual ichou (gingko tree) festival to a safe and modest celebration. The traditional local festival usually incorporates vibrant performers and colorful stalls and attractions around the tree lined Koshu Kaido road, but due to concerns around Covid-19, this year’s 41st edition will take a much more low-key approach. Using a GPS app on your smartphone you can participate in a digital stamp rally to earns small prizes and rewards, checking-in at specific locations around the 4km stretch of road that boasts over 700 stunning gingko trees. Visitors are encouraged to take a leisurely healthy stroll anytime in November, upholding social distancing measures, to enjoy the beautiful sight of the autumn leaves and learn about the local heritage sites. Organizers are also asking for individual’s support through a crowdfunding page in order to cover lost profits and raise funds for next years event.