Festivals of Japan

Events across Japan. A collection ranging from traditional to seasonal offerings.

Sanja Festival - Tokyo

The Sanja Festival of Asakusa Shrine is held in May, and is the wildest festival in Asakusa during the year. For the people who live in Asakusa, their lives center around the three days of the wild and energetic festival. It is a historical festival that began over 700 years ago and has been handed down to the present through various transitions. The approximately 100 brave mikoshi portable shrines from Asakusa Shrine and the Asakusa district are famous, but there are also events such as the Binzasara Mai dance, designated an intangible cultural property by Tokyo, and Mikomai shrine maiden dance. Every year, more than 1.5 million visitors are expected to come and see the festival that defines Asakusa.

Date Friday-Sunday in mid-May
Time Friday:
13:00 Daigyoretsu parade departs from in front of Tokyo Asakusa Kumiai
14:30 Binzasara Mai dance
10:00 Grand festival ceremony in front of Asakusa Shrine
12:00 District mikoshi togyo parade
16:00 Ritual dance (Asakusa Furisodesan)
17:00 Mikomai dance
6:00 Mikoshi shrines leave main shrine
14:00 Mikomai dance
15:00 Ritual dance (Tokyo Asakusa Kumiai)
19:00- Mikoshi return to main shrine
* 2016 festival. Events may change.
Official site http://www.sanjasama.jp
Location (venue) Around Asakusa
Address 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Region Kanto
Category Bravery, Shrines and temples

Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.

update: Mar.6.2017

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