Saturday 14 September 2024
@ Michael Fowler Centre & more!



Japan Festival Wellington is a biennial event celebrating Japanese culture in the Capital of Aotearoa - organised by the Wellington Japan Festival Trust with support from Embassy of Japan and Wellington City Council.

Whether it’s stunning martial arts displays, funky cosplay culture or the graceful tea ceremony, Japan Festival Wellington will have something for everyone.

The Trust was set up by WCC to ensure the future growth of the Festival. We are here to celebrate Japanese culture and our links with sister city Sakai and Japan.

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A big thank you from the Wellington Japan Festival Trust to all the many people –stallholders, performers, volunteers and our wonderful family of sponsors -- who helped make our 2022 event such a success. Some 20,000 people poured into the TSB Arena and the Japanese Food Hall in Shed Six on Saturday June 18 to enjoy all the fun on offer, from martial arts displays and funky cosplay culture to the graceful tea ceremony. 

Planning is now underway for the eighth Japan Festival Wellington in 2024, so watch this space!



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Becoming a Vendor

Registration for 2024 will be opened in the next few months - please send us an email here to be enrolled to our newsletters so you can be in the loop!


The Trust will abide by all Government Covid requirements. Your safety is our priority. All exhibitors will be contacted via email if there are any updates in the Covid situation.  


The environmental impact a festival can have is huge. To protect the future of our tamariki and the environment, the Trust asks you to choose more sustainable options where possible. There will be a waste-management system on the day which you will hear more about closer to the date.

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Are you interested to volunteer for the festival?

Thank you so much for your interest - this whole event is run by passionate volunteers who share the same LOVE of Japan, and wanting to spread it to fellow Wellingtonians.

Registration for volunteers (on the day/week) will be opened soon. If you are interested to be involved more as a part of committee members, please contact us here.

Registration will be opened soon - watch this space

Location in 2022


Best Method

Public transport will be the best way to get to Michael Fowler Centre.
There are plenty of bike parks available around the venue.

Closest Parking

Lombard Parking is only cross the road from Michael Fowler Centre
$3.00 / 30mins - Maximum $15.00 for 12 hours

Cheapest Parking

Street parking anywhere near the venue.
$3 / hour - maximum 3 hours

For Participants

*There are no carparks allocated for exhibitors/vendors at the venue. Loading zone will be open to exhibitors pre-post festival but we suggest you park at Victoria Street parking if you wish to park your car for a whole day.