This is a chance to watch yabusame, the impressive Japanese martial art of horse-mounted archery (it’s quite difficult to hit a target from a moving horse) in Asakusa.
There will be two types of events, one from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. where archers will compete against each other to hit a deer target (standing up), and the yabusame event from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.event is free to view, however, you need to purchase tickets to view the yabusame event from 1 p.m up close. Tickets go on sale from April 3 here and cost ¥3,000.
There are a few free areas the see the event from a distance, namely the Kototoi Bridge and on the riverside beside the event space (although they may limit people here).
How to get there
The standing archer event will take place in Sumida Park’s Sanyabori Square and the yabusame will take place in Sumida Park between Kototoi Bridge and Tobu Railway Bridge.
Read more about yasbusame here.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.