Jun/7 - 17, 2020 Sanno Festival at Hie Shrine

Sightseeing information about Jun/7 - 17, 2020 Sanno Festival at Hie Shrine in Japan.

Jun/7 - 17, 2020 Sanno Festival at Hie Shrine4.7

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 from 6/7 '20 to 6/17 '20


※Due to the coronavirus concerns, Sanno Festival '20 has been canceled. Only the ritual by the priests will be held. Please check the official website.

The Sanno Festival at Hie Shrine is one of the three great festivals of Tokyo, along with Kanda Festival and Fukagawa Festival.
During 11 days, the various events such as a Shinto music and dance performance, tea ceremony, a taiko drum performance, and a parade of children dressed in court pages are held everyday.

During the Edo period (1603-1867), portable shrines known as mikoshi and festival floats were allowed into the grounds of Edo Castle. Starting with Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun, Japan's shoguns (military commanders) attended and worshipped at the festival.

The main attraction of Sanno Festival is the Jinko Festival, 300-meter long procession parade of floats and mikoshi carried by 500 participants, but it's held only once every 2 years. (Next will be held in 2022.)

Access: a 5-min walk from Kokkaigijidomae Station, or a 3-min walk from Tameike-Sanno Station

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4.0in the last week

The location of the shrine is interesting. It is directly in the city, which means it is easy to reach. However because of this, I didn’t feel the way I felt in the other shrines or temples in general. It was in between the buildings, there was an escalator that can be used, which was a nice touch, yet it made it a little bit out of context for me.

4.05 months ago

A shrine right in the middle of the administrative district. In between towers full of civil servants. At the top of a small hill. Definitely worth going there. Take the stairs on the West side. You will go through a long flight of tori gates which will yield great pictures.

5.04 months ago

This shrine is accessible and is near the metro. Not that crowded and the steps with the torri is beautiful! Please be mindful of the regulars and be courteous as a tourist.

You can experience washing your hands and (drinking) washing your mouth with the spring water. Souvenirs are also available and cheap. (You are also helping them when buying!) There are a lot to see and to go around too since the place is big and has many entrances.

5.03 months ago

Wanna visit a shrine that is not crowded with tourist? This is the place. I love the calm and serenity of the ambience there. Take all my stress away.

4.03 months ago

Cool Shrine to visit. The Red Gates are worth seeing if you’re in the area. Very cool, but not on the same scale as Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.

Appears to strike a balance between functioning as a local shrine and a tourist spot, so can get busy.