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
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5.0in the last week
Love this place I try to get there as often as possible, especially great during and evening stroll.
4.0a week ago
Very amazing and interesting temple. You can feel the authentic Japanese culture there. Also you can enjoy some Japanese street food.
5.02 weeks ago
It was raining when i went there, but still very nice. I would love to go back to see the place during night time. I heard it's more lovely.
5.0a week ago
This place is extremely famous for the various types of foods available. The atmosphere tempt the people to stay for the longer duration over here.
5.0a month ago
All the shops are closed and the way to the place is completely deserted. However, we see some people having their evening walk. This is the first time I have seen this place without crowd and gives a different feel to it. A must visit place for anyone to have feel of Buddhist temple architecture in central Tokyo.