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Sanja Matsuri (Anual festival of the Asakusa Jinja Shrine)

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The wildest festival in Tokyo “Sanja Matsuri” excites early summer

Asakusa Jinja Shrine worships Two fishermen brothers (Hamanari, Takenari, HINOKUMA) and wealthy landlord Hajinomatsuchi, who were involved in the creation of Sensoji Temple.

The anual festival is held every May and is called “Sanja Matsuri”. Sanja Matsuri is known as the foremost rough festival in Tokyo, and 1.5 million visitors gather in the three days of the festival period and the town is filled with enthusiasm. It will be held from May 17 to 19, 2019.

On May 17th, after a parade such as accompaniment and dance walks around the city, dedication of “Binzasara Mai” which is the intangible folk cultural property of Tokyo Metropolitan Government will be held.

▲Parades of dance and accompaniment


On May 18th, Carrying of portable shrines will be held. About 100 town’s portable shrines will parade from Asakusa Jinja Shrine to each town.

▲Carrying of portable shrines


And on May 19th, Carrying of portable shrines of the main shrine will be held, and the festival reach the climax.

The bearers compete for the sticks of the portable shrines, and you can see the sight suitable for the name of “rough festival” exactly.

▲Carrying of portable shrines of the main shrine



Event Name Sanja Matsuri (Anual festival of the Asakusa Jinja Shrine)
Venue Around Asakusa Jinja Shrine
Dates May 17, 2019 – May 19, 2019
Note 【Main Shrine rituals schedule】
May 17th
– 13:00 Parades of dance and accompaniment (This event will be cancelled in case of rain)
– 14:20 Dedication of Binzasara Mai (at the Shrine)
– 15:00 Dedication of Binzasara Mai (at Kagura Den)
May 18th
– 12:00 Carrying of portable shrines
May 19th
– 06:00 Carrying of portable shrines of the main shrine (Miya mikoshi)
Open Hours Depends on the event
Admission Admission Free
Pay for food/drink and product sales at the venue.
Address 2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo

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