labor day weekend

Print your ticket at home and proceed directly to entry when you arrive.

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.

Since 1977 the Garden has proudly hosted this unique event at one of the largest Japanese gardens in North America. A fruitful collaboration with several local Japanese-American organizations provides authentic Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year. 



Adult $16

Child $5




Adult $8

Child FREE



Child: 3-12  | Adult: 13+

Festival Level


and above

6 Adults FREE

Child FREE


Candlelight walks until 10 p.m.


August 31

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Candlelight walks until 10 p.m.


September 1

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

No candlelight walks.


September 2

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Novus International, Inc. 
  • TOYOTA Bodine
  • Renewal by Andersen

Japanese Festival Sponsor

  • Nippon Express USA, Inc. 
  • Japanese American Citizens League, St. Louis

Japanese Festival Friend Sponsor

Featured Venue Sponsor: Cohen Amphitheater

  • Nidec Motor Corporation

Sumo is a form of full-contact wrestling and Japan’s national sport. It originated in ancient times as religious performances to the Shinto gods, but many ancient rituals are still followed. The basic rules of sumo are simple: the losing wrestler (rikishi) is the one who either first touches the floor with something other than the sole of his foot or leaves the ring (dohyo) before his opponent.

This year, we have partnered with USA Sumo to bring you three of the most popular rikishi in the world, Byamba, Hama, and Hiroki.

Sumo is back!

This guide to the Japanese Festival is a web app that opens in your phone's browser— no need to download it. The app includes event schedule, full activity descriptions, and festival map.

Japanese Festival

Mobile Web App


The private Teahouse Island of the Japanese Garden will be open for guided public tours. Across a narrow cove and dobashi, or earthen bridge, is Teahouse Island. At the end of the bridge stands a snow-viewing lantern, yukimi-doro, a gift from St. Louis’s sister city of Suwa, Japan. The teahouse itself, a gift from Missouri’s sister state of Nagano, Japan, is sacred in Japanese culture. This soan, or “farm hut” style teahouse, was built in Japan, reassembled here by Japanese craftsmen, and dedicated with a Shinto ceremony in 1977. The teahouse is screened by hedges to create a sense of remoteness. 

Teahouse Island Tours

Saturday and Sunday 

SET 1    Noon | 1 p.m. | 2 p.m. | 3 p.m. 

SET 2    4 p.m. | 5 p.m. | 6 p.m. | 7 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold twice daily at the Plum Viewing Arbor. Tickets go on sale one hour before the first scheduled tour of each set, and are sold for all tours in that set at once. There are only 20 spots available for each tour. Tours begin on the hour. Tickets sold at Plum Viewing Arbor. Maximum four tickets per person. Cash and credit accepted.

Maximum four tickets per person.


per person


SET 1    11 a.m. | noon | 1 p.m. 

SET 2   2 p.m. | 3 p.m. | 4 p.m. 

Candlelight Walks

Enjoy self-guided, evening-hours tours around the Japanese Garden, splendidly illuminated by shoji lanterns. Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. No additional charge.

Self-guided from 8  to 10 p.m. | Free


  • Animeggroll
  • Anime St. Louis
  • Arise, Inc.
  • Bonsai Society
       of Greater St. Louis
  • Copper Crane Pottery
  • Far East Emporium
  • Gilbert Chen

Merchandise Vendors

  • Heavenly Cranes Jewelry
  • Japan America Society
       Women’s Association
  • Kodomo No Asobi, 
  •    Japanese Language School
  • Natsukashi-ya
  • Pomegranate Designs
  • St. Louis Kenjinkai
  • St. Louis Okinawa Eisa
  • SumoFish Design
  • Suwa/St. Louis Sister City


Soups, salads, sandwiches, and Japanese specials will be available. 

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday,  9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.; 

  • Bonsai and Ikebana
       Orthwein Floral Display Hall
  • Calligraphy Exhibit
        Beaumont Room
  • BBC Asian Bar and Café
  • Café Roji
  • Chef DeArt
  • Confluence Kombucha
  • Confluence Zen Center
  • Drunken Fish
  • Ed’s Foods
  • Japan America Society/
  •    Seinen Kai Committee
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Kampai Sushi Bar
  • Niji Choral Group
  • Ozark Forest Mushrooms
  • PokeDoke 
  • Sushi Kitchen

Food Vendors

Art Exhibits

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible throughout the metro area.

(314) 577-5100



There is no charge for parking at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In the event that the parking lot is full, visitors should use the free parking at the Metro multi-modal lots at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Vandeventer.

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Tour Group Parking

Location and Parking

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