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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5.02 weeks ago

A beautiful temple with lots of things to see, experience and learn.

We were staying at a hotel nearby and passed by this temple at least twice daily, one in the morning and again in the evening. So we could see the differences for both timings and both were beautiful and spectacular.

Besides the beauty of the temple itself there are also stalls selling souvenirs and food nearby which is yet another attraction.

If you have the time it is highly recommended that you visit this temple twice, at different time.

5.0a week ago

My favourite set of temples in Japan (including the gate and pagoda.) Its all free which is nice and you can go at any time of day or night. I went twice once in the day and once at night and the complex was amazing to look at both times so I highly recommend doing that too. Lots and lots of tourists, but never did it feel overwhelming like at some temples in Kyoto for example.

5.03 weeks ago

I recommend going at night if you prefer less people and fully enjoy the experience, fully absorb the spiritual aura of the shrine. I came in the morning but stayed till night time and I definitely prefer the quietness and calm atmosphere at night. Too many people and touristy in the morning for me although there are more activities and shops open during the day. Regardless, this is definitely worth visiting.

5.03 weeks ago

Wonderful temple! So much to see, it’s completely free to experience and there were a lot of people. The area itself is huge and there’s a lot of shops to buy souvenirs. We purchased a kimono for 4,600yen at one of the shops and watched a monkey do tricks, the show was in Japanese so I didn’t understand what the lady was saying but it was a nice free show. Definitely recommend this beautiful historic temple.

5.04 weeks ago

Very interesting place. If you are visiting Tokyo, a must see. Many of the informational signs are in English, so it is easy to understand the different sites. There are plenty of tourist shops nearby, and places to get food and drinks. It does not cost anything to enter the temple area, but have some coins available (100 yen pieces) if you want to experience the activities there. Public bathrooms are nearby.