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May
 2023

Kanda Matsuri

Free

One of Tokyo’s three major festivals — Kanda Matsuri — takes place over a period of 8 days in mid May. The main parades are on the Saturday and Sunday in the middle with the ‘reitaisai’ procession on the last day of the festival.

Based in and around Kanda Myojin Shrine near Ochanomizu Station, the Kanda Matsuri is a Shinto festival originally held to celebrate Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa’s famous victory at the Battle of Sekigahara.  The festival only takes place on odd numbered years, so if you miss 2019’s you’ll have to wait until 2021 to see it next.

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