Sanja Festival (三社祭) is one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals. The parade centers around three portable shrines (mikoshi) which are carried towards Asakusa Shrine. The festival attracts up to 2 million visitors every year, and is a truly quintessential Japanese experience, with traditional dancing, taiko drumming and Geisha performances. While the processions take place over the course of three days, the height of activities is reached on Sunday, with festivities going on until late at night, so please make sure to schedule a visit if you have the time.
|Asakusa Shrine and the nearby area, Taito-ku, Tokyo|
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7 min from subway Asakusa Station
|May 20 - 22, 2016 (the festival is held on the 3rd weekend of May)|
|Website: Sanja Festival (in English)|