Asakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura Festival

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The Ichiyo Sakura Festival is a major event in Asakusa Kannon-ura that attracts big crowds every year. Take the chance to enjoy the ichiyo yaezakura in full bloom and an oiran (courtesan) geisha parade.

The Edo Yoshiwara Oiran-dochu recreates the geisha processions held back in the Edo Period. The parade shows off geisha decked out in full attire walking with a big, fancy entourage. While it’s not exactly on the same level as Edo, this is probably as real as it gets in the 21st century.

There are two chances to see the procession. At 1 pm, they proceed to a stage via Asakusa Komatsubashi-dori. There they perform a special show with music and dancing like true geisha. Then at 2:45 pm, they go back the way they came.

In addition to the oiran parade, there is a parade of elementary school students and a flea market. There are also lots of food stands and refreshment booths. So if you haven’t gone flower-viewing already, this would be a great time to do that.

Dates:
Entry: Free
Closest station(s): Asakusa
Adverse weather policy: Rescheduled in case of rain
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