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Sanno Matsuri

Event Dates

June 6, 2019

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Dates and times are subjects to change without notice. Check with the official organizers before making travel arrangements.


category: Festivals
Major City: Tokyo
Event is: Free

The "Sanno Festival" (山王祭) is one of the three big festivals held in Tokyo City. A few hundred people dressed in acient costume parade around Tokyo including the Tokyo Station area, the Ginza and in front of the Diet Builiding.  They also carry portable shrines (Mikoshi) that are elaborately decorated.  There are also people playing musical instraments, riding horses and dancing.  This centers around the Hie Shrine but the parade travels through Tokyo for all to see.
Not only is the parade going on but you may also see various events that coincide with the festival such as Flower Arrangements (Ikebana), seats in gardens to enjoy green tea and one of the most interesting aspects, the Thatch Ring.  If you see a Thatch Ring, walk through it but first don't forget to grab a "doll" (sold nearbye) and rub it on your body as you pass through.  The doll will absorb all the sins you have commited in the last six months.

Sanno Matsuri Homepage

Hei Shrine Homepage

Hie Shrine, Sanno Festival Page


Location: Hie Shrine

Address: 2 Chome-10-5 Nagatachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-0014

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Sanno Festival in Tokyo

Sanno Festival in Tokyo

Tokyo Sanno Festival

Tokyo Sanno Festival

Sanno Mikoshi

Sanno Mikoshi

Sanno Parade

Sanno Parade

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