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Asakusa’s 3 most popular days of the year when people get crazy!
When asked, “What’s the most popular sightseeing area in Tokyo,” the common answer is the Asakusa district. Many people visit Asakusa every year but how many people have visited during the Sanja Matsuri?
The Sanja Matsuri dates back over 1300 years ago and continues on in the present day. The festival is held every year from Friday to Sunday around the 17th and 18th of May and attracts more local people to the area.
During the second day of the event, many Mikoshi can be seen being paraded throughout the area by enthusiastic people shouting rhythmically to assist themselves in their endeavor. About 100 Mikoshi are prepared by the 44 towns of the area and one by one, they start their journey at 12:00 noon from Sensou-ji Temple.
Before returning to their hometown, each Mikoshi stops at the Asakusa Shrine for purification from evil spirits. On the last day, starting in the early morning, the Asakusa Shrine Parishioners parade the three main gods in their Mikoshi throughout the 44 towns granting safety and prosperity to each town and returning back in the evening.
Prior to the Mikoshi parade, the tradition of Sanja-jime or, rhythmically clapping hands and shouting “Yo-!” is performed as an opening ceremony. If you’re able to witness this event please challenge yourself and try to participate.
Schedule: The third weekend of every May
Venue: Asakusa Shrine (2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
How to get there: A few steps from Asakusa Station, served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.