|Tokyo Taito Asakusa-jinja | Asakusa Shrine (Shinto) and Sanja Matsuri|
|Monday, 19 April 2010 18:00|
Located on the east of Sensoji's Main Hall, Asakusa Shrine is easily recognised with its large stone torii (Shinto gate) that leads the way into the shrine. Boasting the gongen-zukuri style of architecture representing early Edo Period, Asakusa Shrine is one of the structures which survived Tokyo raids in 1945. It was also designated as an important cultural asset to the nation in 1951.
The most popular festival celebrated at Asakusa Shrine is Sanja Matsuri. As an annual celebration held on the third weekend of May, Sanja Matsuri festival is held to honor the three men that established Sensoji - Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo. Large scale parades, traditional music, dances, Geisha shows and taiko performances are among the activities lined up over three days. Despite it is originally a religious festival, Sanja Matsuri is celebrated in a loose manner, so anticipate busy street with giant crowds and perpetual loud music.
Asakusa Shrine sits on the east of Sensoji's Main Hall.
Get off at Asakusa subway station (Ginza Line or Tobu Line), 100 m walk towards west along Kaminari Mon Street.
Shrine grounds: Always open (365 days)
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 18:22|
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