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Things to do / Traditional festivals

Tokyo: Sanja Matsuri

The festival is counted as one of the Tokyo's grandest. Daigyoretsu (a big parade of people in traditional attires) to the tune of the festival music, Binzasara-mai (Shinto dance) and mikoshi parade are the highlights. If it rains, Daigyoretsu parade will be canceled.

Schedule & Key events:
● May 17
from 1 p.m.: Daigyoretsu through the town, proceeding on Nakamise-dori
Street to the shrine
from 2:20 p.m.: Binzasara-mai performance in Shaden Hall
from 3 p.m.: Binzasara-mai performance on Kaguraden stage
● May 18
from noon: Parade of 100 mikoshi through the town
from 4 p.m.: Buyo (classical Japanese music and dance) on Kaguraden stage
from 5 p.m.: Miko dance on Kaguraden stage
● May 19
from 6 a.m.: Parade of three mikoshi in the shrine's neighborhood
from 2 p.m.: Miko dance on Kaguraden stage
from 3 p.m.: Buyo (classical Japanese music and dance) on Kaguraden stage
from 4 p.m.: Taiko in the shrine precincts

Location: Asakusa-jinja Shrine, Nakamise-dori Street and others, Taito-ku, Tokyo


Access:
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Toei Asakusa Subway Line to Asakusa Sta. (G19, A18), and then walk 5 min.


Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.