May/17 - 19, 2019 "Asakusa Sanja Festival"

Sightseeing information about May/17 - 19, 2019 "Asakusa Sanja Festival" in Japan.

May/17 - 19, 2019 "Asakusa Sanja Festival"4.6

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 from 5/17 '19 to 5/19 '19


Asakusa Sanja Festival is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo along with Kanda and Sanno festivals.

May 17th: Daigyoretsu Parade
On the first day, there will be the grand parade(Daigyoretsu Parade), people wearing historical outfits are walking throughout the Asakusa town.
The must-see event is Binzasara Mai. This is a traditional ritual dance, the men walking with their Binzasara (musical instrument made with many thin pieces of wood) to pray for good harvest.

May 18th: Local Mikoshi Procession
About 100 portable shrines(mikoshi) from 44 local towns gather at the backyard of the Sensoji Temple and are given purification at Asakusa Shrine, then leave for each town one by one.

May 19th: Three Sacred Mikoshi Procession
This is the climax of the festival. Three sacred Mikoshi come out of the Asakusa Shrine around 6 in the morning and travel through local towns throughout a day. Three Mikoshi groups are very competitive as they jostle to carry their mikoshi. Also, the ritual dance and music along with some other events are held in and around the Asakusa Shrine until three Mikoshi come back to the shrine.

Dates: May 17, 18, 19, 2019
Venue: Asakusa Shrine, Sensouji Temple
Access: Asakusa Station

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5.0a week ago

This is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Tokyo. There is such a festive atmosphere here, with lots of people dressed in Kimonos celebrating. Beautiful temples and shops. Lots of food stalls line the outsides areas of the temple. There many souvenirs shops as well. Highly recommended.

5.0in the last week

Really impressive place. Lots of people loads of shops to buy little niknaks for your friends for cheap. The temple itself was very beautiful and grand. Very impressive to see. Really an iconic location in Japan. If you get the chance to see it but if you don't like large crowds might not be the place for you because this place is packed with people.

5.03 weeks ago

On our last day we took a quick trip here, this the oldest temple in the city!

Beware of crowds here, we arrived at 9am and it was already quite busy, I’m talking rubbing shoulders with people busy. I recommend coming at 7:30am or earlier if you plan on taking photos and want to peacefully enjoy it. The temple across the street from the train station, free to enter and open 24 hours!

5.0a month ago

This is one of the iconic place to visit in Tokyo, Japan. Very blissful and calm. Generally very crowded in weekends as many tourists as well as the locals are visiting the place. The shopping options are there as some affordable pricing available, also souvenir are not much expensive. The architecture is too good. visiting it in evening when the different lighting are applied it looks beautiful.

5.02 months ago

This is the must-visit temple in Tokyo. It's very unique and iconic. It's always crowded with people but the atmosphere is still good. There are many inexpensive souvenir shops and tasty food around the temple. Amulets of this temple are also great. You can buy them as souvenirs for who you love.