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Sanja Matsuri

2-3-1 Asakusa | Asakusa Shrine, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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Amazing festival

We went there today , Sunday , the last day of the festival. It’s amazing to experience Japanese... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nicole H
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Amazing atmosphere for this traditional shinto festival

Sanja Matsuri is held in the 2nd/3rd week of May each year in Asakusa - easy to access via subway... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
Karen M
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Sanja Matsuri is one of Tokyo's three great summer festivals. It takes place late in May and celebrates the founding of the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. The festival has been running for over 700 years, and today draws about two million visitors to the neighbourhood over the course of three days of processions and dances, leading up to a parade of three enormous Mikoshi (portable shrines) carried precariously on the shoulders of locals. The shrines are ornate with black lacquer and gold leaf, and elaborate purple and vermilion ropes, and weigh about 1 tonne each. There's an incredibly charged atmosphere as the people carrying them shout in rhythm and bounce and jostle the shrines to wake up the spirits inside and encourage them to spread luck and prosperity throughout the surrounding neighbourhoods. The mood of celebration and street party atmosphere is packed with the sights and sounds of formal processions, with ancient costumes and traditional music, geisha and taiko performances, yakuza gangsters showing off their tattoos, all mixed with the aroma of hundreds of impromptu food stands in the streets.
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2-3-1 Asakusa | Asakusa Shrine, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there today , Sunday , the last day of the festival. It’s amazing to experience Japanese culture like this. I would warmly recommend you visiting this festival. It between 1 and 2 million people visiting it during the 3 days.

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Reviewed 20 June 2017

Sanja Matsuri is held in the 2nd/3rd week of May each year in Asakusa - easy to access via subway. The festival spans 3-4 days with the final saturday & sunday being the most intense. Traditonal mikoshi (protable shrines) are transported around the district of...More

2  Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

Sanja Mastsuri is a prominent festival in a place that is lively, vibrant, colorful and keeping up with the tradition. Convenient train links within Tokyo could reach Asakusa station easily. Grand entrances at different directions welcomes the guests. As one close in, crowd level increases...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Plenty of food stalls and jolly locals here. Be sure to look out for the mini-parade of just kids -adorable! I ate takoyaki with quail egg at this matsuri, which is the best takoyaki I've had to date. If you soak up the atmosphere instead...More

2  Thank Jessica F
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Sanja-Matsuri is famous for its 3 major Mikoshi, but also you should check local small Mikoshi all over Asakusa area. 三社祭では3基の本社神輿が有名で、スマートフォンで現在位置を検索できたりしますが、各町内のお神輿があちこちで見られるのも一興です。

Thank S T
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Reviewed 10 June 2016

Sanja Matsuri, Three Shrine Festival, a celebration of the two fishermen who found a statuette of Bodhisattva Kannon in the India River, and the rich man who financed the temple dedicated to Kannon. People in Happi Coats carry a Mikoshi, portable Shrine around, Asakusa. Not...More

1  Thank william1942
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Reviewed 31 May 2016

This festival is on the 3rd week of May for 3 days. I joined the last they in the afternoon, around 2 PM. There are lots of people celebrate in front of Sensoji Temple. Although we do not know exactly what they were doing, but...More

Thank rithlaksi
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Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

The Sanja Matsuri (which is held in Asakusa annually during the third week in May) is a Shinto religious festival honoring the three men who founded Senso-ji (Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple) in the year 628.  Three portable shrines are paraded through the streets.  Literally millions...More

Thank DoctorPaul
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Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

My first night in Tokyo can enjoy Sanja Matsuri. This is Annual Festival in the Asakusa district. The biggest festival in Tokyo. Many visitors attend to here some of them are tourist. A lot of food stalls sold a local food. The Sanja Matsuri is...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

Visited senoji temple during mid-May where they have Sanja matsuri festival. Crowded but bustling and lively. Stroll thru the lanes for rice crackers, mochi, etc and little gifts. Nice macha ice cream and pancake. Easy to reach by subway or JR. There's SEIYU and Rox...More

1  Thank Atbh
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alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at
the end of the year, when many people go on shopping
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