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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5.02 weeks 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.
4.0a month ago
Definitely worth the visit just for the history. Large and beautiful edifice. Doesn’t take long to see it and say you’ve Been here. Very busy and plenty of shopping in the ares. Cultural learning experiment. Do it.
5.0a month ago
One of the best places I’ve ever visited - amazing temple that opened all the way back in 645 AD! Incredible place... I visited in a rainy day and gladly wasn’t that busy
5.05 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
The most recognisable and famous temple in Japan. Always crowded with tourist and locals alike. Locals come and give their offerings and prayers on a regular basis. Sprawling grounds with many interesting things to see and take photos. There are some booths selling amulets and charms that you can purchase too.