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JAPANESE FESTIVAL

Labor Day Weekend

September 4–6, 2021

Saturday and Sunday | 9 a.m.–8 p.m. 

Monday | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Grounds open at 9 a.m. and then remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks on Saturday and Sunday 

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. 

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Sponsored by

Novus International, Inc. 

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Missouri

Nidec Motor Corporation

Bon Odori Dancing

Bonsai and Ikebana Display

Candlelight Walk

Origami Display

Ice Sculpture

Japanese Garden Walking Tours

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Koinobori: Koi Windsock Display

Kimono

Martial Arts

Okashi Fashion and Cosplay Show

Omikoshi

Opening Ceremony/Taiko Drums

Rakugo

St. Louis Okinawa Eisa

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko

Storyteller’s Juubako

Sumo

Teahouse Island Tours

The Way of Tea Demonstration—Chanoyu

Toro Nagashi

Zen and Japanese Culture

Festival Events

Festival Schedule and Program App

NO DOWNLOAD REQUIRED

View the program and schedule of activities instantly on the Japanese Festival web app using a web browser on a desktop, smartphone, or tablet.
Scroll or click on the 'phone' just like a web page. 

Download the

Print Program 

Download to view a PDDF of the program and schedule of activities.

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Health and Safety

Trash cans will be limited to the area near the Temporary Visitor Center in outdoor dining area only. No sorting of trash. Please take all refuse out with you when you leave. 

Limited trash and recycling

Increased frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces (such as handrails, signage, seats, and benches) following CDC and EPA guidelines. Hours of operation have been reduced to include nightly and weekly deep cleaning.

Sanitizing surfaces

Please follow appropriate social distancing restrictions of six feet or more from anyone not in your traveling party.

Social distancing

Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Garden, including all point-of-sale locations and strategically around Garden grounds.

Hand sanitizing

Visitors displaying any of the following symptoms before visiting should stay home, including coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Refunds and exchanges during this period will be honored without penalty.


Sick visitors

All staff working on Garden grounds will be screened prior to each shift. Employees will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire followed by a temperature check prior to the start of each shift. Only those staff who pass both the health screening questionnaire and temperature check will be allowed to enter the Garden and report for work. 

Staff health screening

Plexiglass at the sales counters to protect staff and visitors. Cashless payments/No signature required for credit card transactions.  

Point-of-sale precautions

Masks on entry and exit | Masks indoors | 6 feet separation
Required for all visitors 5 years of age and older indoors

Recommended: Masks Outdoors

Required: Protective Face Coverings