Oct/16 - 18, 2020 Asakusa Sanja Festival4.6
from 10/16 '20 to 10/18 '20
※Due to the coronavirus concerns, the dates of Sanja Festival has been postponed from May 15-17 to October 16-18.
Asakusa Sanja Festival is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo along with Kanda and Sanno festivals.
Day 1: 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.
Day 2: 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.
Day 3: 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: October 16 - 18, 2020
Venue: Asakusa Shrine, Sensouji Temple
Access: Asakusa Station
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Airport/Sta.Asakusa Sta. (about 500m) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 months ago
Amazing experience at dusk. Very busy but the shopping at the close by market was very unique. Great place to try some of the sweeter street food.
Temple is nice to visit with some vendors inside selling some interesting things.
Very busy but a great place to visit. Maybe worth around 1-2 hours. Train was easiest way in. Sky tower is not far and a good walk along the rivers isn’t far either
5.02 months ago
Probably the most crowded tourist spot in Tokyo but definitely a must see. It is a good chance to see the traditional part of Japan with the contrast of Traditional with the modern side of the surroundings. Also a nice place to buy souvenirs and eat traditional sweets. It is better to reserve plenty of time to visit this place because there are too many people that do not allow to move freely and with calm. Maybe it is better to go early in the morning in order to take good pictures without the stress of the crowd.
5.0a month ago
This is the first temple i visited in Japan and it is an awesome thing to behold! From the walk leading up to the temple youd get an appreciation of its immensity. You are greeted by two huge statues of warrior gods as you enter the temple grounds. Walking up the wide path there are places where you can buy incense sticks, light them and have them set up. There is a small fountain nearby where you can use bamboo ladles to wash and purify your hands.
Outside the temple are souvenir shops where you can get nearly anything from refrigerator magnets to Japanese swords. Refreshment stands and food stalls are also found here.
The structure is well maintained and smaller temples and pagodas nearby
5.02 months ago
The temple and pagoda are beautiful. The area around them has great shopping. While very touristy, the temple still has areas and items to allow you some moments for quiet reflection. The best times to visit are mid afternoon to feel the hustle and bustle, or evening for very quiet times. I will forever remember my visit here with my wife.
4.02 months ago
This place is always crowded and a lot of tourists. But it is still a great experience to visit and take a look to the traditional architecture and the cultural vibe here.
You can try seeing your luck for fun and also do a little pray. If you want to beat the crowds, simply just come earlier :)